The seminar is nearly over. I’ve taught 15 hours in the past two days. I will finish with another 2-3 hours tomorrow morning. Yesterday, I taught through the life of Abraham. Today, I covered the lives of Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. Tomorrow morning I will wrap up with a review of Joseph’s life and a look at Hebrews 11’s description of the Patriarchs. I knew I was done for the day when I my eyes were having trouble focusing on my notes and my translator was struggling to keep up with my words. Lena has done a wonderful job but translating all day long is hard work indeed.
Several of the men have had an “Ah, ha!” moment. Their eyes light up, their heads nod in agreement, and they rapidly copy down what is said. They especially copy the principles I suggest are in the passage and the lessons I have learned personally from the study. During dinner, Erdnya said he appreciated what I taught about Isaac. Again, it encourages me that I am hitting the mark and finding the balance between explanation and application.
Last night, the men took off for the Black Sea beach after dinner. Tonight, they are boxing on the Wii. It is pretty entertaining to watch. During the break times, they play chess, play guitar, check their phones, drink tea and eat snacks, or go for a walk.
I asked Carol to write a few thoughts about her view from the kitchen:
…did you know that Russians love their tea? Several times a day “chai” is enjoyed. So, one of my jobs has been to keep the hot water coming… The days have been busy helping Naomi with preparing 3 main meals and 2-3 snacks a day for our guests. We have had 17 guests to feed. On Wednesday, we went into Anapa to the grocery store to pick up the fresh bread and vegetables. There was one aspect of shopping that I thought was actually a pretty good idea. In the frozen food section, they offer bulk frozen foods (pasta, vegetables, etc) and you get to purchase exactly the quantity that you need or want. It seems economical to buy as much or as little as you need.
Wednesday we experienced the “Car Wash/Pizza Place.” It’s a unique 2-in-1 stop. There are no automated car washes here. If you need to get your car washed, it’s done by hand. So we took a field trip to the local car wash that conveniently had a Pizza Place upstairs. So, while you eat Pizza upstairs, you watch your car being washed via video screen. Pizza was good, and depending on the line for the car wash, it could take 90 minutes or so to get the car taken care of…Lots of time to chat with friends!
Tomorrow the conference will end around noon with lunch. Afterwards, we will help clean House of Grace from top to bottom…washing sheets, cleaning bathrooms; floors and whatever else needs to be done. The Musgraves have another group coming in for a retreat next weekend, so we want to be sure it’s ready for them.
Today was Valentine’s Day. John bought flowers for Naomi and Carol and we enjoyed a heart themed cake for dessert.
Thanks for praying.