Back to Samara.
Confession: it’s been a bit of a struggle to decide whether a trip to Russia is, well, timely right now. First, the international tensions. Then, hubby had eye surgery. Then, my father-in-law’s health took a downward turn. And I’m not getting any younger! The calendar flips over again for me tomorrow.Lots of circumstances (not excuses … I enjoy my trips to Samara).
I love the Scripture in Philippians 1:6 – “he who has begun a good work in you will be faithful to complete it … ” It’s a great reminder of who’s in charge around here! I’m glad it ain’t me!
Hubby’s eye healed. He can drive again. Sadly, we buried Ken’s dad on the 28th. His suffering is over, and our waiting, which is also a form of suffering, I suppose. No one like to watch his parent in such a weakened condition. And the international issues? Everyone I ask says life is as usual in Samara and I should not be concerned. And again, I remind myself who is in control, and who is able to give increase to my body, soul, and spirit, regardless of what the calendar says.
So, on May 18 I fly away to serve the believers in Russia, to bring words of encouragement and hope, to love on my friends (and be loved on), and **drum roll** to check one of my dreams off the bucket list: a trip to St. Petersburg!
My itinerary is still in process, but I’ll have some details up pretty soon. As always, your prayers for this journey are needed and appreciated. Donations to the work there are always received with joy and gratitude. (See bottom of itinerary page for details.)
Thank you, dear family, friends, and supporters, for being a part of fulfilling the Great Commission in Russia and making it possible for me to “go.”