Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Siberian Summer in September is officially over! Yep, two weeks later and we are into the Fall weather. Leaves are rapidly changing as are the temperatures. Our days are now in the high 50's and the nights are getting close to those freezing temperatures...brrrrrrrr.... BUT, it has been sunny so we Siberians are still running around in our jackets, not coat, and wearing hats and scarves. Putting on the 'coat' means the warm weather is GONE...we wait until the last possible moment to give into those changes. Hey, at least there's no snow yet!!!
As promised, here's "the rest of the story" for September. 

Actually, we are going to take you back to August when an incredible team of young adults from Korea used their vacation time to spend two weeks in our area. A very long story - short, a group from the same church in Korea came out to do a kid's camp last year. It was a HUGE success so we decided this year, if they were interested, we should do two camps. They immediately said yes and decided to have two age groups meaning two camps this year. (Ages 6-11 and 12 - 15)  We will admit that when they told us the camps were only two days long each, we were a bit disappointed. However, they assured us that it would still be 'packed' with games, Bible stories, songs, crafts and food! We have done a lot of camps over the years, so we know the amount of preparation needed to get ready for such an event. We were in awe of the amount and quality of items for crafts and food - yes food - they brought from Korea!! There must have been six or more large suitcases jammed with absolutely everything they would need for their stay in our village!
Leaving Seoul for Siberia.

The team spent a few days blessing a group of young adults in the city
before heading out to the village.

We have an amazing video Kevin put together of the four days in five minutes. The song is in Russian but we're certain you will recognize the melody. Please hit on the following link to enjoy the video...Horinsk Camp 2015

We mentioned they brought everything they would need for their time in the village, including food....we only have one picture of just a very small portion but we admit the food was AWESOME! 

Preparing rice shaped into hearts...

Preparing a meat with rice noodles...YUMMY!

Kimche, (spicy cabbage), rice, seaweed, an amazing meat dish….with chopsticks no less!  The kids were mesmerized with all the decorations, games, songs, and stories that were shared. Why so much food? The team wanted some kids from a small village in Siberia to experience the food of another country.  To our surprise, the kids LOVED it! More importantly, the kids were deeply touched by the sincere love this group brought as they truly showed Jesus through their lives. Of course everyone is eager to have them back next year, but until then, we are praying for folks in our fellowship to get excited about running a program to meet with these kids each week. 

August was also a time to celebrate new folks coming into the fellowship. 
This year three people made decisions to follow the command we see in scripture of baptism. We have seen that for our folks to make a public stand and be baptized is not an easy decision.  However, each shared incredible testimonies of how their lives have already changed and how important their newfound family has been for encouragement and for teaching/training in His Word.
Listening to testimonies of changed lives!

Watching momma get baptized with his aunt
and close friend of the family.
A beautiful day by the river with friends and family, celebrating new beginnings with Him in the center of their lives. Thank you to ALL who continually lift this area in prayer....we are seeing answers!

Our prayer is that you have been blessed, even if only in a small way, from the pictures and video. We are beyond grateful for the continued emails of encouragement and more importantly the faithfulness in prayers and support. 
      Kevin & Laura

 "Every truth in this world stretched beyond its limits will become a false doctrine." ~ K.P. Yohannan

Monday, September 7, 2015


Siberian Summer in September...say that three times! For us, it's the little things that bring a smile to our faces. Warm weather into the month of September....definitely brings a smile! Usually, we're seeing temperatures in the low 40's or mid 30's at night...still in the 50's with high 70's during the day!!! We'll admit though we're not getting too excited - this IS Siberia and tomorrow could bring frost and within days the leaves can change and be gone! :)   

Celebrating 30 years... for the most part, June was a quiet month this year. We made several trips to the city for Laura. A new doctor required new blood work and tests. So far, we are pleased with the direction this doctor is taking with medications and Laura's overall health. BUT, we began this section by announcing a 'celebration'....we ended June with our 30th Wedding Anniversary by hanging out in the city and eating ourselves into a coma! 
                                                June 1985

30 years later

Eating a favorite dish from Armenia!!!

 Back in the day, this was the first 'nice' restaurant in the city. Owned by Armenians, the food is and always has been amazing! We hadn't been there in years; they still recognized us when we walked in...guess there aren't that many Americans living in Siberia :) 

Wedding bells were ringing.... we were blessed to be invited to another wedding in the city this year. We met the bride in 1998 during our first winter 'camp' at a local school. The groom is one of the pastors from the church we worked with in the early years. It was a beautiful day and a blessing to witness the marriage of another couple whom love and serve the Lord. Of course, such occasions bring folks together that haven't seen one another in a while. We were pleasantly surprised to see 'kids' from our youth group from back in the 90's with their families. A new generation begins!!

Kevin always manages to find a baby to hold!!
July and August quickly became quite busy...although we didn't have any major projects due to lack of 'workers'; we were kept busy helping folks with the everyday tasks that must be done during summer. Pulling weeds in the garden, chopping wood for the coming winter, taking cows out to better pastures...just everyday 'stuff' that allows us to spend time with folks and build relationships. We love these opportunities because it often reminds us how difficult life truly is when you live in a village. So much depends on the garden and the care of the animals as they provide food throughout the winter months. We can't begin to count the times we've been able to have very open talks about creation and The Creator of all things. We are always grateful for these opportunities! We also ask that you please remember the folks across this vast country as we are hearing of price increases for food and gasoline once again. [Correction...we did have a small project through the local social service's office. We were able to have eleven loads of wood delivered then cut for older folks and single mothers. A huge blessing for all involved!]
Laura helping a friend's garden...weeds were taking over
the potato patch.

These 'barns' are built farther away from our village;
the grass is usually better and plentiful so folks hire a
shepherd to watch their cattle and horses during the summer.

Father and son cutting wood for the winter.

Should be enough to get the church through the winter months!

In the past, we would have continued with more pictures and asked that you sit back and relax while we share a large amount of information. After looking at what remains to be shared, we're going to give you a short break and return with more in a week. August was exciting and an extremely busy month. So please join us again on this site in a week for the continuing adventures on our incredible journey. We pray you have been blessed, even if only in some small way. THANK YOU for the faithful support and prayers...until next time...
  Kevin & Laura

A sneak peak of things to come...hint...it will involve kids and friends from Korea!