We are beyond pleased to announce and introduce our first grandchild, Winona Mary Wooster! She was born on November 19th at 5:50pm, weighing 7 pounds 5 ounces and was 19 inches long with a full head of hair! Of course we think she’s the most beautiful baby ever born J. We are grateful we were able to be here and hold our 'zaichka' or ‘little rabbit’, (Russian nickname) just a little over an hour after she arrived. What an honor to be a part of this miracle!
|Proud parents....Corey and Brittany|
|Very proud grandparents!!|
|How she had grown in three weeks!|
|Winona's first Thanksgiving! (New Wooster family too)|
|Would you believe the red shirts weren't planned??!!|
|Looking at baby pictures with grandma.|
|Thanksgiving in Florida!!|
Just because we are on this side of the planet, it doesn't mean that the work on the other side of the world stops. Keeping warm in Siberia can be challenging at best. The WOW (formerly Windows of Warmth, now expanded to include Wood of warmth, as well as helping out with Food on as needed basis) project continues as wood is being delivered weekly to widows, single mothers, or the elderly with no family members close to home. We wish to thank ALL of those who continue to support this project financially. We were able to only install a few windows this last year as the local social service office felt the greater need was for wood, not windows. We totally agreed as we quickly realized the price for wood has gone up significantly for those on very small pensions. In November we were able to deliver nine loads of wood and will continue throughout the winter months to deliver, cut and stack wood for those in dire need. Please remember this project allows us to meet people, share where the funds come from and why Christians from the US are helping folks in a village in Siberia – showing HIS love is an awesome witness! In fact we were able to present a Bible to an 84 year old Widow who had never owned one.
The village fellowship has seen growth over the last year in our children’s program. More often than not, we have as many as 25 kids, ages three to thirteen. We have run out of room and made the decision this past summer to take a garage on the church property and turn it into a kid’s room/ nursery. The exciting news is that this year potatoes were grown specifically for meeting needs at the church. The Fellowship was able to sell enough bags of potatoes to buy a wood-burning stove - which is a good thing since siberian temperatures began dropping quickly last month (-25c, -13F). We hope that we will receive pictures next month of a completed room – we know the kids are ready for their own space!
|Windows and wood burning stove installed. Floor and walls completed.|
Now all we need is paint and furniture...the kids are waiting!
Wishing each of you a very Blessed and Merry Christmas!
Kevin & Laura
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6