Sorry to do this again, but I just HAVE to post something about our Russian Day at our home church. I was scheduled to give a report to our congregation on my recent trip to Russia. My friends Isaac (in the blue to my left) and Kelly decided to get in involved and make it a kind of Russian-featured morning. So we did – complete with traditional costumed and some samples of Russian cuisine. Our Russian friends in the area lent a hand and did some baking for us, which was really cool of them.
Look at this picture – isn’t it a beauty? This is Matthias, Isaac and Kelly’s little boy who is eyeing up the food. My daughter Katherine snapped this. She should get into photography.
It was a great morning, except I think I went a little too long, and had too much content. “People are interested in stories about people – they like the detail” my wife commented later. She was right. I wish I had her preview my slides. Oh well, chalk it up for experience. Lessons to be learned.
When I shared about the work in the orphanges, I knew our people were engaging. I had Francelle come and read Paulina’s testimony. Paulina is a wonderful example of God’s grace at work in the life of an orphan (see her story in an earlier post). That went well; I wished I had come up with more things like that.
Richard and Linda Hemmingsen also turned up for the morning, and set up a table with info about SGA NZ (Richard is the NZ Director). There was a lot of interest and a few signed up for our monthly newsletter. He’s a good bloke is our Richard, coming all this way and not even been given the opportunity to speak.
It’s an interesting role being a pastor as well as a member of a mission organization. I wondered at first how the whole thing was going to work out (and so did our elders!). But the Lord is making it work out. To be honest, I think it enhances my role at HBC, and I think our congregation is the better for it.