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.

7 comments:

Carrie said...

Ha! I guess on top of the world is a good place to be!

I'm glad everyone is safe and that the trip is going well so far. We've been praying for you all every night in our devotions!

Lori said...

Enjoyed reading the update, we think of you often and pray for you!

Rob and Deanna said...

Wow, sounds like a Really Neat opportunity! We will be praying for him & you at home by yourself with the children.

Johnstown Albertsons said...

Hi, Joanna,
Thank you so much for the update on their trip. We have been praying that the Lord will help them throughout, and bless His work.
Beth Albertson from CO

Abe and Leeann said...

I am so glad they made is safely. We continue to pray for you guys daily

Lavy Country said...

Good update. We are praying for him and you too. Tell the kids we said "hi". Just to let you know Lauryn's class still prays for you too :o)

Julie said...

Glad you are all doing well. We are praying for you all. Love and Prayers, Julie