The Russia team is doing great. We are building a free-standing platform for the floor of a Preteen rally site. Instead of a regular foundation, it will be supported by truck tires (used) filled with sand. The team has been staining all the boards, nailing them in place, and also varnishing the wood to protect it. In addition, together with the Russian kids, we are now doing some help projects in the community – such as clearing overgrown weeds at the entrance to the local kindergarten. Dramas, street witnessing and soccer are also part of our daily ministries and work. Weather has been nicer, with mostly sunny and warm days, cool nights and only passing showers.
Tuesday, July 23, the team went on our sightseeing day in Ekatrinberg. We visited the chapel that is in memory of the last Czar, Nicholas II, and his family. We shopped at a small bazaar downtown, and then went to the border where Europe and Asia meet. Lastly, we went to a very large mall that included an IKEA store. It was a long and tiring but fun day for all.
Our plans and goals include continuing work on the rally platform, which we have to get more wood for. We will also be doing our best to get it onto the tires and leveled. The team is learning one of the Russian dramas, and they’ll continue to work on that as well – getting the movements coordinated with the music. We will also continue to do as much in the community as we can – help projects, soccer, drama and street witnessing, all in our quest to share the gospel as much as possible.