Thursday, April 7, 2011

Reaching to Russia - Where will you be in 2 weeks?

None of us know exactly but I hope if you are anywhere in the southeastern United States that you will make the effort to be at YouthReach International’s Beyond Winning Benefit Dinner at the Gwinnett Marriott on Thursday, April 21, 2011.  Please note that the last day for purchasing tickets is Monday, April 18, as we must give the Marriott 3 day’s notice for catering purposes.  Coach Don Meyer and ESPN’s Buster Olney will be our guests that evening and we promise you theirs is a message applicable to all and one you will not want to miss.  Corporate Sponsorships are still available as well so reserve your table and/or buy your tickets now via the link above.  Feel free to call or email me if you have any questions.


I returned home on Tuesday morning at 3.15 a.m. after a long but blessed journey to Novosibirsk.  Landing in ATL at 1 a.m. was exciting for sure.  Some of the worst spring thunderstorms ever seen in this part of the US enveloped Atlanta that evening.  We landed without any incident but it was quite a ride coming in for sure.  Reflecting on my trip, it is very true that our Chick-fil-A SERVE Seminar is a key time every year for us to bless our volunteer and partner base while also interacting with high level leaders in the realms of business, government, ministry, and education.  All of these goals were accomplished during the week in Novosibirsk and Tomsk.  Thank you for your prayers for me and my family while I was gone.


I learned on Monday during a layover on the west coast that Traci took Aidan to the emergency room early on Monday morning for what appeared to be an appendicitis.  He spent 7 hours in the ER, in a room, having lab work done, drinking bad tasting dye, and getting a cat scan only to find out that our 6 year old just needs to be a bit more, shall we say, “regular” in some of this bathroom habits.  Impacted insides is no way to live especially when Daddy is not home.  Traci’s dad met her at the ER and was them both through the whole affair.  By the time I saw Aidan on Tuesday morning at 7 a.m., he was back to his joyful self.  He went to school that day, made baseball practice that night and other than a bruise from the IV was no worse for the wear.  Praise God for that!


Even if you cannot attend the April 21 benefit dinner here in Atlanta I beg you to keep this event in your prayers.  It is key for our ministry in many ways.  Even more than that I ache at the thought of as many people as possible not getting to hear a man who has impacted me and some of the best friends I’ll ever have in ways that will last a lifetime…and beyond.  If you can come, do.  If you cannot, pray.  Thank you for both.


Thankful to be in Atlanta on a beautiful spring day with my family when The Master’s is underway and the Braves home opener is this Friday.  It’s a good time to be alive.


Blessings and thanks to you all,




Rob Browne

Director of Russian Operations

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