Monday, March 2, 2009
News from Siberia
Jason called us a few hours ago and gave us an update on how things are working out in the cold, cold north. When I asked him how Siberia was, his answer was, "COLD." Things may be below freezing but that hasn't stopped our God from working. First, I want to say thanks to everyone who has been praying for him. When Jason and his two Ukrainian friends were in route to Siberia they had a layover in Moscow. They had a contact there that was nice enough to show them around the city. On the way back to the airport, they had an accident. There car was hurt, but thank the Lord, no one was hurt. I guess they got too close to a semi. They did make it to their plane on time. Except for this little excitement, they made it to Siberia fine. Saturday, they were able to purchase Bibles and then had a little rest before scouting out the town. Right now they are in a town called Langepas(or something like that). They will be traveling around quite a bit while they are there. Jason reported that on Sunday morning God came in the service, and people were praying. In the evening service, which lasted 3 hrs, all three of the men, Jason, Serga, Stephen, gave their testimonies and answered questions. Today, or Monday, the plan was to try to do some evangelism in the high security prison, which is on an island in a big river. The pastor had tried in the past to get in, but with out success. So they prayed and started out. God worked a miracle and allowed them to get in and have a small service and give Bibles to those who were interested. One of the guards wanted them to go into the lower security prison for a service. Here Jason said that the guards had all the men (150 of them) come and stand outside to listen to the preaching (remember this is Siberia). I don't think anyone slept through that sermon. Jason said that actually many of the men were interested to hear their testimonies and wanted to know more about God. They were able to pass out tracts, booklets and even Bibles to those who wanted them. Jason sounded like he was on top of the world. I guess he's actually not too far from it. Isn't great how God knows where we are and what we need. Thanks for all the prayers and notes of encouragement. Plan to keep you updated as I can.