Monday, October 29, 2007

Friday, October 26, 2007

Adorable

Best buddies

"Another photo,Mama?"

Precious Girl

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Urgent Prayer Request-Dulins

Dear Friends,
Our family would like to inform you and ask you to pray about some major changes that have taken place this past week regarding anyone with a visa in Russia. Under the new rules,they will only let people stay in Russia for up to 180 days of one year, and for no longer than 90 days at a time. If a foreigner stays in Russia for 90 days straight, he or she is then required to leave and not come back until another 90 days have passed. This law makes it impossible to work effectively in Russia. This affects Carrie and I plus all the foreigners with a 1 year business visa. Our visa which is a religious worker visa falls under the business category.
Our current Russian visa expires November 25th so we have to be out of the country before that date. We were planning on doing that in Riga, Latvia. There seems to be some confusion regards to whether the new law means that anyone applying for a Russian visa must return to his/her home country. We have heard contradicting reports. Today, we called several Russian Consulates in Eastern Europe and they said that we can renew our visas now but cannot promise we will be allowed to in a week. We have received our invitations but we are currently waiting on Abigail's exit visa. It should be ready in 8 days. We will continue to check with the Consulates and will make a decision on where to renew our visa in the next couple of weeks . Carrie and I wanted you to be aware of the new visa laws and to pray with us for God's wisdom and direction.
It is always an adventure living in Russia, and this week was no exception. It has now become impossible to live in Russia long term using only a business visa, which is what we have done as a family over the past four years.
There are a couple promising alternatives that we are researching right now:
1. Work visas fall under a different set of laws and would allow us to live in Russia for a year at a time. This option would require us to have a salary in Russia and a proof of income coming from our organization. This would be a bureaucratic nightmare given the fact that the documents for this will take a very long time.
2. The more promising option is a temporary residency permit which would allow us to live in Russia for three years without needing to leave the country. This option would require a lot of paperwork initially, and there is a set number of these permits given out each year. We would also need to find a permanent residence or find someone who would register us in their house for three years.
We will be finding out more information about these and other options over the next weeks, and we will be sure to write more when we find a viable option. After we receive our visa we will be able to stay in Russia for 90 days. We are hoping to start the residency process as soon as possible. Our desire is to persevere through this obstacle because Carrie and I really feel like our time is not finished in Russia. We will be working very hard as a missions base to get this temporary residency.
Please continue to pray that God would give us wisdom. Thank you.
Blessings,
Jon, Carrie ,Caleb and Abigail Dulin

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Abigail-Two Months Old

Abigail is 2 months old. She such a sweetie. She brings so much joy
to our lives. Caleb adores her and will come up to hug her and touch
her face and say, " Touch", because we tell him he needs to have a
gentle touch. In the beginning , Caleb would run over and hug her
like he would us. He didn't quite realize his strength.

Abigail is smiling all the time now and is cooing more everyday. It
is so fun to have her interact with us and see more of her
personality.

Big Girl!

Monday, October 22, 2007

My Mom's Blog

My mom and sister started a blog during their visit with us the month of September. It is http://www.dressersinrussia.blogspot.com/ .
It is really good. They have posted tons of photos and stories about
their time with us in Perm. My mom is still updating it with pictures
and stories from last month. If you would like to get a small picture
of our life here, please take a look. I love hearing it from her
perspective. My sister,Johanna was able to join the Saturday Kid's
Club and do a lesson and craft with them. She taught on how God made
each person special and unique. Then the children did a craft with
snowflakes. All the children loved it. I think she plans on writing
about that and posting some photos from that time.
Johanna also went on an evangelism trip up north with Jon and the
Village Ministry team for 2 days. The Village Ministry team's focus is
reaching the villages that are unreached and difficult to reach with
the Gospel. I will post our last newsletter below which has more info
about that ministry.

If you read our blog, we would love to hear from you. To make a
comment, you can click on the comments link at the bottom of a post or
at the top right corner on our guestbook. Thanks!

October 2007 Dulin Update



October 12,2007
Dear Friends,

Hello from Perm, Russia! It is just starting to get cold and we expect snow any day. This past summer was the warmest Carrie and I have experienced while living in Russia. August 1st, marked our 4th year anniversary being in Perm,Russia as a family. A lot has happened in 4 years, we have moved over 10 times, had 2 children, and have seen what were mere desires for ministry here become a reality. Carrie and I wanted to make this newsletter a little different and take you on a journey of the past 4 years.

Village Evangelism: One of our burning desires when we arrived was to see a ministry develop that would focus on evangelizing villages that were unreached and difficult to travel to. This desire came alive when Jon lived in Nyrob during 1999 and 2000,which is a small town north of the Perm province. Since we arrived in Perm in 2003, we have been working on reaching the Perm province with the Gospel of Christ, specifically the Cheryden region in the North. Our desire was to reach every village with one on one evangelism and give free Bibles to the entire region of 150 villages. I am very excited to say that the Village Ministry team has been to every village minus 10! We have shared the Gospel with more than a thousand people and given thousands of Bibles away. Soon we are going to dig deeper and start re-visiting every village with the intention to start home groups and lead Bible studies where we can. Now our vision has grown a little bigger. We plan to reach every unreached village in the entire Perm province with the hope to create other groups reaching out to different provinces. We appreciate your prayers for our team.

Jon and I also have worked with various ministries. We have worked with Street Kids, English clubs, orphanages, and the local Saturday Kid's Club. We appreciate all your support and prayers. You have helped make these 4 years possible. Thank you for ministering with us to the people of Russia!

DTS: Since we first arrived in 2003, we have seen the Discipleship Training School further develop. Jon and I have seen many people leave this school and live a life dedicated to reaching people for Christ. It was great to see Russian Christians sent out to several different nations in Asia. God did many great things in the lives of the students this past DTS. They were able to reach people and be witnesses for Jesus not only within the church but also on the streets. It was so amazing to see them boldly explain the Gospel on the streets and lead several people to the Lord. I remember the excitement in two of our students' faces when they came back from a home in a village. They told how it was the first time they had ever presented the Gospel to someone that had never heard it. Please continue to pray for us as we prepare for the next school in January 2008. Jon is currently working on the administrative aspects of the school.

Gateway Project: I (Jon) have been asked to be involved in the "Gateway Project" this December. The YWAM Russia National team which is led by our base director,Andy is traveling to a city called Blagoveshchensk (a far eastern Russian city located on the border of China). The purpose of this trip is to help future Russian missionaries and outreach teams who are planning to work in China. We are planning on meeting with a few key Russian ministry leaders in Blagoveshchensk as well as in China. I believe that there will be long lasting fruit from this scouting trip. We will find out all the information necessary in order to help teams in the future serve this part of the world. We should have 4 teams this year from various parts of Russia/Ukraine coming to the same place. We are hoping to adopt these areas and become long-term partners in reaching the lost. If you would prayerfully consider helping me out with the cost of this trip it would be greatly appreciated. The total expense is 1,200 dollars. It is a 6 day train ride just to get there so we are looking into flights in order to save time.

Visas: In November, our family has to leave the country in order to get new Russian visas. If you ask me what one of the hardest parts of living in Russia is....I would have to say getting visas. It is hard to travel with 2 little ones plus it is our largest expense. This coming January, our family plans to apply for 3 year temporary residency/ green card . If we are able to get this then we will no longer need Russian one year visas or leave the country for registration every six months. The only visa we will need is when exiting the country. They changed some laws recently making it easier to get this in Perm. Many of the foreign families with children are going this direction to save money. As a family we have to leave the country every 6 months for registration plus leave the country yearly for visas. This gets quite expensive. Please pray we can start the process in January. Currently, we still have to go and get new visas next month. Carrie and I are still trying to find out all the information on what the exact prices are for this. We are looking for the cheapest option. Our concern is that the cheapest way of renewing a visa is going to be around 3,000 including 4 Russian visas,travel and accommodation. Please keep us in your prayers.

I assume everyone has received our update that the baby was born. Abigail Treva Dulin was born in Perm, on August 23, 2007 weighing 9 lbs. 1 oz and 21.5 inches long. Everything went well and she is very healthy. Caleb really loves his little sister. I think he has finally realized she is here to stay. If you made it down all the way to the end thanks for reading!!





Sunday, October 21, 2007

Smiles!

I finally got a good,clear picture of Abigail smiling! Caleb loves to
cross his arms like Granna, although he calls her "Mom" since that is
what I call her. He is very observant and has noticed several
characters in the books we read crossing their arms. Then he crosses
his arms and says, "Mom". It is too cute.

Lately, when we talk through the computer to our families, Caleb asks
them to pick him up. It is cute and very sad at the same time. I
think the hardest part about living overseas now that we have children
is the fact that Caleb and Abigail cannot spend time with our families
and get to know their grandparents , aunts and uncles. I am grateful
we can talk through the computer so Caleb can hear their voices.
Everyday he mentions a name from people in our family and asks about
them. He asks Jon and I ,"Where is ....?" We tell him they are in
America and we are in Russia. He says ," No,they are outside."
Outside is where anyone is if he cannot see them. He can identify
everyone by name in our photos. This will help him adjust whenever we
go back to visit.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

And More Photos

The first two photos are of Johanna and our friend, Yulya making
borsht (beet soup). It was delicious. Our friend Galya also helped
but we didn't get a good picture of her. The last photo is of Jon and
Johanna on Perm's main street, Komsomolsky Prospekt.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

More Photos of Visit

Caleb loves to cross his arms like his Granna does. He thought it was fun and still does it.

Pictures from My Mom and Johanna's Visit

My mom and sister Johanna came to visit Jon and me for 4 weeks. We enjoyed their time here but of course it went by too quickly. I will be posting more photos of our time together over the next few days.

We went to the Perm ballet and saw "Cinderella" .

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Abigail-6 weeks

Abigail is 6 weeks old already. She has grown so much. She weighs 12
lbs 5 oz now and is 22 inches.