A More Detailed Report From ATW-11003

 I am SOOOOO sorry that I have not sent this sooner – this is the first access we have had to the internet. I think the young woman whose computer I am using for this report understands that I need to send a report twice a week and that that will be possible.

The team arrived here with our Russian counterparts on Monday, July 11 around 8 pm after a 45+ hour train ride. The train ride was a highlight for all of us – watching the Russian countryside out the windows. Many team members took advantage of the time and got some of the Russian team members to help them learn some Russian phrases – others just rested (except for devotions, library time, meals and such, of course). As fun as the trip was, it was long and we were glad to get to our destination.

That night, we came to the team location at the Bible League building by bus, had a light snack they had prepared, got duffels divided up to owners, and got sleeping arrangements assigned. I think we were bedded down by 11 – 11:30 pm.

The first day here was a get acquainted day – and a day to attempt to work some things out – such as cooking for the kids. The kitchen is nice, but too small for two teams to prepare meals separately, so Rachel and I are doing the cooking for both teams. We have kp from both teams to help us and it seems to be working pretty well. We are doing out utmost to accomodate the Russian palate by including bread at every meal, and tea as well. Thus far, American and Russian team members seem satisfied with the food.

Weather along the way was rainy at first, but then cleared as we journeyed east, and since arriving in Irkutsk, weather has been hot and sunny in the day and cool at night – but not too cool.

Outstanding experiences: both the train ride here as well as now working together with the Russian team in work, sports, and evangelism. Both teams have been divided into three groups, and one group does one of the three each day and rotates. Oh, yeah, the banya here is REALLY nice and the kids are really happy about that.



  1. Hi Beth….last report said they would now be able to sent updates twice a week, but no more have come since then. We expect that the team is now on their way to Beijing. Have you heard anything from them in the past week?

    • Kari, Whenever I hear, I post. I have found that there are reports that are sent, but not ever received…

  2. Heather Brewington

    When is the team expected back in Florida?

  3. Stan & Merrily Cundiff

    Yep, I once took baths in the Amazon River for two weeks. I wasn’t sure if I was cleaner before or after the bath!

  4. Alethia (Demos) Rigsby

    I think it is a Russian sauna. At least that is what wikipedia said…
    Back when I was a team member we took bucket baths!
    My how times have changed, sounds like pamper camp to me 🙂
    God Bless Pete! Praying for you.

  5. Peter and Ann Demos

    What a thrill for us to hear about you guys and gals! Know that we are praying for you and asking God to “fill you with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy…!!” (Colossians 1:9-11)
    Love to you, Peter, and to the rest of your team, and to all the Russian teens as well! Mom and Dad
    PS> What is a banya? : )

  6. Stan & Merrily Cundiff

    Great to hear from you! We are praying for the team every day. So good to know things are going well. Oh yeah, what is a banya?

  7. Don and Sandy Flynn

    So glad to hear about this trip. We continue to pray for the whole team. What an experience.
    Caleb Owens Papa and Grammy

  8. Haley Henderson Family 11022

    Hey Guys, Great to hear things are going well, we are prayn for the language issues. God Bless.

  9. How great to hear form you. This report is terrific! Keep up the good work.
    May Jesus name be praised! Send my love to Pablo and his friends. Praying for everyone.

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