Thursday, August 30, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
At that time Sergey was good in Photoshop so in a couple of months he start to lead a class of Photoshop and also he leads sports. Sometimes he disappeared for some months cause he had to work … But then reappear and he was great encouraging for everybody!
Last summer he was also helping with a camp that some friends did. I think that God saw his carying heart and because of that aloud him to have salvation in Jesus!
Couple of days ago he called me and said that he is not shore but maybe he wood like to get baptized. Today he was a so proud of what was going on even he wear the special ring of their family and also a little bit scared couse he don’t said a thing abut the baptism to his family and they are Orthodox!
But anyway he was happy like a child with a new toy!
Let's follow the story in pictures now right up until the moment of Sergey's baptism.
|Sergey (center in white turtle neck) connects for one of the first times with other Ukrainian Christians as Yakov, to Sergey's right, invites him to a church gathering.|
|Yasha, far right in front of open Bible, instructs Sergey, two over from Yakov's right, and friends in a Bible study.|
|Sergey, clapping, Yakov, and other YouthReach International Mentors celebrate Andrey's birthday.|
|Yasha and Sergey, a picture of one to one mentoring.|
|Sergey washed and clean on his new birthday.|
Friday, August 24, 2012
In whatever mode you choose, thank you for journeying with us.
All God's best to you and yours,
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Every summer I am in Russia I keep a running list of fresh statistics and curious truths representing many areas of life in that great land. This data is gathered only from sources that bother to document their source and vary from government offices to think tanks to various watchdog groups. I normally hold on to them and refer to them in writings throughout the fall and winter. I thought I would share my list here at the end of our ministry year though with little or no social commentary. You may (or may not) find some (or all) of these statistics interesting. Obviously, very little absolute truth can be garnered about a nation as large and as diverse as Russia from simple statistical analysis but there are some interesting trends and realities we can note.
Without further jibber jabber from me…
· The population of Russia is just over 143,000,000
· 1,788,948 babies were born in Russia in 2010 which is a record since the end of the Soviet Union
· The death rate in Russia fell 70% in 2011
· 26,000,000 people in Russia are under the age of 17 accounting for 18% of the entire population
· 82% of Russians speak no second language (reminds me a joke Russians like to tell. What do you call a person who speaks 3 languages? Tri-lingual. What do you call a person who speaks 2 languages? Bi-lingual. What do you call a person who speaks 1 language? American)
· The average grocery bill of an Russian citizen for one month is $117
· Since 1945, Russia has had the second most fatal airline accidents in the world with 273 total. In first place over that same time is the United States with 653 fatal crashes
· Russia currently has more than 160 commercial airlines
· Of Russia's roughly 138 million people, about 100 million refer to themselves as Russian Orthodox believers
· Other prominent religions include Islam (up to 20 million believers), Protestantism (more than 2 million adherents), Judaism (up to 1 million followers) and Buddhism
Monday, August 13, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
|From left to right - Vala, Tony, Lena, Anush, Anush's mother, Elizabeth, and Toma|
Friday, August 10, 2012
A Sincere Thank You From YouthReach International
Do we say it enough? Likely not. Given that, let us stop here at the end of our September to August ministry calendar and express our gratitude to each of you. Thank you all for your generosity in prayer, encouragement, finances, and participation in the ministry God has entrusted to us. It has been a year like no other and one where we have seen at least one of each desire of our ministry come true.
- In September we welcomed 2 new Board Members, Sherriann Hicks and Jim Pack, to our organization expanding the instrument of wisdom and guidance our Board of Directors is
- During the months of November and December we engaged 19 new donors who agreed to partner with us on a regular basis in 2012
- In January we added Dathan Hammer to our staff and hosted our annual leader retreat using past Board Members, Team Leaders, and Team Members as hosts, facilitators, and trainers during our weekend of training in Atlanta, Georgia
- February saw us conduct one major Mentor training event in Russia and one in Ukraine
- March was the month we carried out for the first time both modules of the Chick-fil-A SERVE Seminar in two cities in Siberia (Novosibirsk and Tomsk)
- In April, we sent for the first time a team from Greater Atlanta Christian School to Tomsk, Russia
- May allowed us the blessing of hosting John Lahutsky at our Spring Nashville Fundraising Dinner bringing in more than $45,000 in the process
- Also in May, our first team on the ground in Southern Ukraine stepped into a new partner orphanage literally washing feet as they went
- June was when we began a new work in Novosibirsk, Russia, with a new city orphanage which called just yesterday to thank us for a job well done and to give us "all access" for the coming year to the more than 100 orphans there
- July saw a mentor in Ukraine step into a new relationship with Jesus Christ. She was baptized by our own Tony Morrow
- During the last week in July we launched a new ministry in Belarus working to mobilize existing churches and volunteers to more greatly impact the orphan population in that country
- Now, in August, we close out our ministry year having met nearly all of the goals we set at the beginning of this year
Our Board and Staff will meet together in mid-September to launch next year's work. Your prayers for us as we do that are definitely needed.
Above all else, we simply want to say thank you. You have chosen to stand with us in a way that is changing forever the lives of orphans in 3 countries. For that we are very, very grateful.
With sincere thanks,
The YouthReach International Staff and Board of Directors
Sunday, August 5, 2012
|Tanya Trikozina on the ropes course.|
|All of the kids, one of their teachers from the orphanage, and the talented Shana Morrow|