Sunday, January 27, 2008
the time now so we prop her up and she watches Caleb run around and
play. Today was the first time we tried the walker and she was so
happy in it. We were amazed when she started to move the herself
forward. She is only 5 months! I have a feeling that she will be
mobile earlier than Caleb was. She has big brother to chase.
Jon and Avgust who are on the Village Evangelism team along with 5 students just returned early this morning from a trip to several villages 7 hours north of Perm. It was so encouraging to hear from Jon about the responses. Villagers were inviting them into their homes for tea and were very interested in hearing the Gospel. On previous trips, sometimes the team only got invited to a couple of homes but this time many doors were opened.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thank you so much for your prayers today as Carrie and I went to the Immigration office. We were 6th in line this morning at 8:30am. The line had already started before they opened at 9am. We along with Andy and Rachel,the directors of YWAM Perm and our friend Katya were in line for over 4 hours. When we finally got in the lady was upset with us because we were waiting in line with Abigail. She said if she had known we were waiting there with a child she would have processed our applications first. Basically, we have submitted our documents, praise God! The region of Perm that we are registered in has a 200 person quota. The lady is submitting our names under that quota! Again, praise God! For the city as a whole the total is 1,500.
This is still just the beginning but a large step forward. We have 2 months for them to process our documents and during this time we can still give them any additional documents as needed. The lady seemed confident that we should get and answer within 2 months but generally it takes 6 months. Their accepting our documents and putting our names towards the quota does not necessarily mean we will be approved for temporary residence it simply means we are accepted for consideration. Thank you for your continued prayers! The lady at the immigration office said we were the first Americans she has every seen applying for this. Please continue to pray!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
Abigail is such a happy baby. Caleb was also but she seems happier. She hardly ever cries unless she is really hungry or in pain. Abigail has been working on a tooth for the past month. She loves to have her gums rubbed and will coo very loud. I had to take her out of church on Sunday because she was talking very loudly.
Friday, January 4, 2008
Dear Friends and Family,
Carrie and I have an urgent prayer request. Carrie and I have been working on getting all the documents we need
for residency status in
We have had a set back today. We were trying to get Abigail's Consular Report of Birth Abroad Apostilled.
We were told to send it to the U.S. Department of State in order to get an Apostille. So Carrie's mom sent it to
them and they took their sweet time. We were excited when it finally arrived today. Carrie's mom opened the package
and found out that they did not put an Apostille on it, they just gave us a letter telling us they could not certify the document,
but to contact another government office. Carrie's mom has been unable to reach a person in that office. It could
take several more days to figure this out. So.... this is the last document we need in order to apply January 11th.
There is a small chance the Russian office will not ask for this birth certificate when accepting our documents. Abigail
has a Russian birth certificate but the lady who did our Russian visas decided to spell her name differently on them, basically
making her Russian birth certificate useless. I am going to a Russian office to ask if they could change her birth certificate
(I have been told that will not work). However, please pray God will give me favor.
Also pray that this document will come in soon! Pray that Dawn (Carrie's mom) can get a hold of the right people.
This has really been a battle. Please pray. Thank you!
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Happy New Year from our family to yours. We hope you enjoyed Christmas and New Year's Day with your family and friends. Thank you very much for partnering in God's work in the past year. It's a privilege for us to know you, to be co-workers with you on God's field in Russia.
We pray that this year will be more fruitful and joyful in the Lord.
May God bless you much more in 2008.
Caleb enjoyed watching the fireworks from our 10th floor window. Russia's biggest holiday is New Years. The fireworks were going on all through the night. Instead of a Christmas tree they have a New Year tree and exchange gifts on New Year's Eve.