This story begins back in 2001 when I and Tanya met a lovely couple, John Paul and Billie Berry at the platform of Yaroslavl train station. Though our meeting was very short, it gave a start to a long-lasting friendship. Two years later John Paul and Billie visited us in Ivanovo and in 2004 and 2005 I visited them at Annapolis MD. That’s when our
ministry was introduced to the Mariners’ Church and later on we became partners in our mission work in Russia and plans were made for the first mission trip to Ivanovo. Our Lord put these plans to pass and on October 4th 16 missionary’s from Mariners’ Church landed in Moscow airport. 9 days seemed like one moment and we all became one family in Christ, Russians and Americans. Together we went to the Shuya orphanage and ministered to children, to the Ivanovo Technological College with anti-abortion seminar, held family seminar for married couples, prayed and worshiped our Lord together.
Tanya: I was asked by our new friends over and over again what house projects we have undone. Finally I said: well, if they want to help, our carpets can be vacuumed. That same day we had new stove bought and installed at our kitchen, carpet installed at the corridor on the 2nd floor, installed new lights at our bathroom and at the hall which we are using for our home church services. We want to thank you all for your sacrifice of time and finances, for all your love and care and we are looking forward to see you all next year!