I leave for Russia tomorrow evening. Considering what I’ve been through the past five months since I broke my hip in early November, that statement alone is cause for praise and celebration. I am extremely grateful for your prayers, encouragement, and support. More than on any previous trip, I am well aware of how dependent I am on God’s grace and your prayers to get me through.
While I am not yet at 100%, I am healthy and strong enough to make the journey. I have progressed from wheelchair to walker to crutches to one crutch to a cane and now halting steps on my own two feet. Since I am not ready to fly solo quite yet, I will be traveling with the cane. While I still have blood clot(s) in my calf, none of my doctors (surgeon, primary care physician, vascular surgeon) are overly concerned. They have me on Xarelto (blood thinner) for three months and told me to wear compression socks, but all said I should have no problems flying. Definitely a cause for prayer, but not for worry.
This is my seventh trip in eight years, helping to train pastors and leaders in Anapa and Elista. As I have on previous trips, I will be working with John & Naomi Musgrave, missionaries who lead a ministry called “Mentoring Matters.” This ministry follows the example of the Apostle Paul in Acts 13-14, helping to strengthen and establish churches by training leaders.
Since 2011, I’ve had the privilege of teaching on several books of the Bible or biblical leaders—Joshua (2011), David (2012), the Patriarchs-Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph (2014), Moses (2015), and Romans (2016 & 2017). Carol went along in 2011 and 2014 and served behind the scenes. This year I will be teaching the book of Revelation. As of today, 43 people from four different cities will attend the classes.
Here’s the schedule for the trip:
April 8-11 Travel (Boston – Amsterdam – Moscow – Anapa)
April 12-14 Teach class in Anapa
April 15 Church in Anapa
April 15-16 Travel (Anapa – Krasnodar – Elista)
April 17-19 Teach class in Elista
April 20-22 Travel (Elista – Krasnodar – Moscow – Amsterdam – Boston)
Please pray for safe travel, good health, effective communication, and mutual encouragement with the participants. Please pray for Carol as well. During the second week of my trip (April 14-22), she will be in SoCal visiting her parents and two of our kids.
Internet permitting, I will try to provide periodic updates during the trip.
I have attached a document below that will be in our church’s bulletin tomorrow. Post it on your refrigerator or put it in your Bible as a prayer reminder. Click on the link to download a copy of the document.
Thanks again for your support, encouragement, and prayers.