Tuesday, August 30, 2016


So I finally have some spare time where I can share about my experience in Russia this summer. Sorry in advanced for how long it is, but there was just so much stuff we did, and even now I can't write it all.

Day 1: I woke up at 6am or so on the day we were leaving. I met up with everyone at the church and after saying goodbye to my family, we crammed ourselves into three vehicles for the three hour ride to the airport.
Then we had a nine hour flight to Moscow, and filled that time with reading, eating, and watching T.V. (I didn't know this, but they have TV screens to show you where you currently are, how long it's been since you left-and the time- and how long until you arrive-and time. Really liked that) As soon as we landed we went straight to baggage- and had one bag missing for two days, but later got back- and then drove to the church we were staying in for the night. After dropping our bags off, we toured the city all day long, and were exhausted, but had a great time. An important fact is that it is 7 hours ahead there compared to the East Coast. So our team was up for about 32 hours the first day. (so many of us were falling asleep in random places) :D I wish I was able to upload those from Moscow and Red Square, because it was really amazing. I could hardly believe I was in another country.
The next day we visited a smaller church and fellowshipped with them, and afterward toured a little more. Late afternoon we took a train to Vladimir. So day 3 we woke up and headed out into the city to evangelize and invite people to a concert our group was helping put on with the church.

We had many people accept Christ as their savior (at the end of the two weeks we had over 20) and many more who listened and asked questions. We handed thousands of tracts and
 Gospel of Johns out. One thing our entire group was surprised about was that if you give a Russian something to read, they'll read it. Here in America we just glance at it before throwing it in the trash, but over there we would come back twenty minutes later and see people reading the stuff we had given them.
The church we are partnered with was so friendly and hospitable. We immediately connected as brothers and sisters in Christ. And even our team grew closer together, and we got to know each other better. It was a wonderful time of fellowship with other believers.
Pictured left: Russian Rubles.    Pictured right: Gospels of John
One of the things that was most amazing for me
was when believers from both America and
Russia would sing together
                                         (A palace in Moscow)  
in their native language. One of the things I love is to hear others singing
together and worshiping. To hear it in different languages at the same time is something I've wanted to hear, and loved so much.
The translators we had were amazing people. One of them had been saved three years ago by someone handing them a tract in the exact area we had been working in. It was truly amazing to think about, and I've prayed many times for those we talked to, that they would search for God.

While we could only communicate with a few of the believers there in our native language, we did many things together to connect us all. One of the many things we would do was play extreme musical chairs.
 (Which is a lot of fun if you've never played it before) And if it was after church we would sit and try to have some form of conversations. I even pulled up the Star Wars: Rogue One trailer in Russian, and we are all excited about it.
(And yes, a few times I used Google Translate so I could understand.)  :) The Russian language is really a cool language. I had learned a little before going, and it is quite easy to read once you learn the alphabet. But I am no master and could not have conversations while we were there. The people were generally nice. When
 witnessing I did come across people who were a little upset that we would ask them if they believed in Jesus, or other similar questions.

The food there wasn't bad at all. I had some borsht soup, but it was not my favorite. The meals we had were quite good (including a crepe type meal) and they had some excellent drinks. (I forget what it is called, but they had this lemon-mint soda that was really good)

 I'll try to get my next post up soon, but if you
 have any questions, let me know and I'll try to answer them next time. To everyone who supported me monetarily or in prayer, thank you so much. I will never forget it, and hope to one day go back, Lord willing.
Until next time!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Don't Worry

My day has been mainly of me taking a practice ACT math test, skimming over the ACT science, and looking up a few random and not so random things on the internet. After having the house to myself for most of the day, I got in the car, turned the radio on, and ran an errand for my amazing mom. I was exited to get out of the house, and just not think of the future. As I came back, the radio hostess was talking about a challenge that is currently going on, and said that today's challenge was to not worry. 
I start my senior year of school next week, and am about to start cramming everything I can for the October ACT test. With the possibility of going to college next fall, and trying to get a couple jobs, and still be calm and listen to God,  I easily start freaking out and worrying about what's in the future. But things like this, where God uses the radio and a certain song or two, remind me that I shouldn't worry.
                   "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is no life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?" Matthew 6:25-27

All the songs I've listened to in the past 30 minutes have basically been about trusting God, living for God, and to not worry. One that I enjoyed, What You Want by Tenth Avenue North, came on, and I just wanted to share some of the lyrics:

Everyday, I've been feeling the pressure
I always gotta know the plan
It's a weight that I've tried to shoulder
I thought I could, but I can't
And I'm so tired of chasing dreams
When I am wired to let you lead

You're changing my heart
To want what You want
To love how You love
And that is enough
There's no greater plan
That I need to know
You only ask me to follow

We shouldn't try to take so much control in our lives, that we don't let God continue to guide us. In our world, we often think that the more control we have, the better, when it just causes more stress for us in the end.
                                "Turn our worries in to prayers," -Amanda Carrol.
Every time you worry about something, send a prayer up. God listens to you. The Creator of the world, hears you. Don't be afraid of the future, because God has a wonderful plan for you.

~Whatever you are going through, don't give in to the worry and fear. Choose to follow God, and He will show you. All you have to do is trust.~

Friday, August 12, 2016

A Tag of Various Questions

So, I have finally come back to the land with internet. I will soon do a post of what I did in Russia with pictures and stuff, but since I have a couple different tags I have to catch up on I am doing one here. (Thanks Raechel for tagging me!)

Name: S-----.  :D
Age: 75 (not really, but I'm not at a liberty to tell)
Role model: the Christian women in my life.
Hobbies: Reading, writing, dreaming, pinteresting (if that's even a word), genealogy, researching, collecting, reading (yes, I do this a lot), hiking, rafting.
Crush: *nervous laugh* Not gonna tell.  :)
Best friend: You mean there's only one?
Favorite band: Band. so more than one singer?...For King and Country, Anthem Lights, Love and the Outcome, Newsboys and many others
Favorite Song: That's like asking my what's my favorite book! I've been listening to Come Thou Fount (All Sons and Daughters) a lot lately.
Favorite Movie: Family favorite is Princess Bride. I know most of it by heart. Out of newer movies, I really enjoyed Finest Hours. That was a good one
Favorite animal:  :D Haha. I do not have one favorite animal (much to my sister's disappointment) but these are my top favorites: cat, horse, dog, dolphin.
Favorite subject: History.
Pens or pencils? A pencil. (for all those mistakes I do)  :)
Summer or winter: WINTER! I love snow, hot cocoa, being wrapped in a blanket, and fires.
Tea or coffee: Um.. So I'm one of those weird people who isn't a must have coffee or tea. If both have cream and sugar I'll drink it, but not without...So I'll go with Sweet Tea
Good day or bad day: It's been a good day. It was hot, but I was at a pool.
Birthday: The end of winter
Tag the follower you’ve known the longest: My sister.
Tag five of your best internet friends: I'm pretty sure they've already done it
Something that makes you happy: stars, music, sweets, hanging out with family/friends
Something you’re looking forward to: Winter! New movies and books coming out, my new cousin, trying to learn the guitar/piano better.
Tell a story in one sentence: There once was a princess and her prince, and they lived happily ever after.
Nominate any number of people: You! if you'd like to do this tag, then go ahead. Let me know so I can check it out