Russia Trip Days 1-3

Well, we have made it to our destination – Kirovochepetsk, Russia.  It took three plane flights (LA to Cincinnati to Paris to Moscow) and an overnight train (Moscow to Kirov) but we have made it.  Our airplane flights went well – we even stretched our legs out on our transatlantic leg since the cabin wasn’t very full and were able to get an hour or two of rest.  We have a few hours to burn in Moscow, and met up with some dear friends of Drew and Nadia for dinner.  After dinner we had to dodge some raindrops and puddles when we were surprised by a sudden downpour.  We were all so exhausted from our airplane flights that we slept fairly soundly last night in our Orient-Express style sleeper cabin on the train.  We were met at the train station by a smiling Alexi.  It’s great to see old friends.  This afternoon we spent some time in the city of Kirov doing some souvenir shopping and had lunch in a downtown cafe.  Then we were shuttled to Kirovochepetsk (about ten miles east of Kirov) where we checked into our hotel rooms and I had my first shower in two days.  By 5:00 Alexi and his team arrived at our hotel and we walked over to a building that Alexi has been renting space in, a family fitness center owned by the Baptists.  We had our first meeting with Alexi and his team – I taught a few minutes from Acts 2:42, and then we spent a good hour or so finding out about the state of things in Kirov and Kirovochepetsk.  It was a very profitable time – you can find out so much more in person in an hour with translators than you can with years on Skype.  I am looking forward to what’s ahead for the week.  I’ll be spending my mornings with Alexi – getting some much needed one-on-one time with our beloved Russian pastor.  We’ve got a baseball outreach planned for the afternoon, and then another church meeting/fellowship/Bible Study with the church in the evening … but I’ll tell you about all that tomorrow.  Here’s some pictures from the last couple of days …

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