We arrived safely in Elista Tuesday afternoon. We were greeted by Sandzhik and his wife, Elsa, and another Elsa. The Soviet era hotel in town was deemed too expensive by Sandzhik, so he put us in a tourist village on the edge of town. While there is not an exact equivalent, I suppose you could say that we have a Russian version of a vacation condo in an area known as City Chess. One advantage of our house is that it has a large meeting room where we can meet with friends.
The downside is there is no WiFi, so communication will be sporadic this week. This morning, Wednesday, we ventured out to the local Cinnabon restaurant to use their WiFi. (Who would expect to find a Cinnabon in the middle of Elista, especially one that serves sandwiches and pizza along with cinnamon rolls?)
Today we will explore the city and do some sightseeing. I will try to post pictures later when I have a stronger WiFi connection. Tomorrow we begin the three-day class on the life of Moses.
Thanks for praying.