Thursday, January 31, 2008

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Miss Personality

Abigail loves sitting in Caleb's old walker. She wants to sit up all
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.

DTS ( Discipleship Training School)

I wanted to write a little about the DTS. The missionary training school started January 14 in Perm,Russia at the YWAM training center otherwise known as "the base". We just finished the 2nd week of lectures. Jon is leading this school along with a great bunch of staff (7)from Russia,U.S.A. , Ukraine and Australia. I help as I can and bring Caleb and Abigail to the base to spend time with the students at lunch time and other planned activities. There are 14 students in the school. It is so exciting to see Russians, Ukrainians, Americans and Moldavians working together towards a common goal, to know God and make Him known to the nations! Next week the students are having lectures about a lifestyle of generosity and how we should view wealth and mercy ministries.

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.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Hanging out on the couch

Abigail in her Christmas dress from Grandpa and Grandma Dulin

Playing with Daddy

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Caleb and Abigail

Caleb at 5 months old ( December 2005)

Abigail at 4 months old (December 2007)

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Pictures from this week

Who is who?

Caleb and Abigail around the same age. Can you guess who is who?

Friday, January 11, 2008

In Process, Praise the Lord!

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

Big boy

Caleb loves to take pictures and be in photos.

Happy girl


Temporary Residency and Apostille Update

Dear Family and Friends,

This Friday,January 11th at 9am Perm time (EST- Thursday night, 11pm), Carrie and I are going to the Immigration office to submit our documents to apply for temporary residency. Please pray that everything goes smoothly and they accept our documents for consideration. Please pray for God's favor and that the lady will be helpful. These documents plus the added cost of shipping has been a huge expense the last 2 months. Carrie and I appreciate your generosity and prayers. The process of obtaining all the needed documents has been a battle and your prayers and sacrificial giving has made it all possible.

Please also pray for the other members of our team here as they also submit their documents. If the Immigration Office accepts our applications and documents we will have to wait up to 6 months for the answer of acceptance or rejection.

Apostille: Thank you for praying. We found out more information on how to get an Apostille for Abigail's Consular Report of Birth Abroad. Carrie's mom was able to get in contact with a person from the Passport office at the U.S. Department of State and found out how to get an apostille on consular birth abroad reports. The bad news is that it takes 4-8 weeks to process. I found out that the Russian office in Perm cannot change the spelling of Abigail's name quickly but that it too would take over 4 weeks.

The good news is that once our big pile of documents is excepted , we have around 2 months for the Russian Immigration Office to review the papers and ask for any additional documents if needed. By then we should have Abigail's document apostilled.

Thank you again so much for your prayers,support and emails.We are blessed by your encouragement.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Miss Smiley

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

Urgent Prayer Request

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 Russia. It has been a lot of work and many things are coming down to the very last minute.

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!

Jonathan Dulin

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Happy New Year!

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.

Our friends and fellow missionaries, Nathan and Sheree holding Caleb and Abigail.