greetings from Sunny Southern Siberia (well, actually the Russian Far East). Winter is about to arrive, as you can see from the snow we got today.
Hope Center recently hosted another session of a Bible School
Our regular ministries, such as Game Nights and Movie Nights continue. Here you can see our friend Vasiliy (who pastors a church in a Nanaian village), Tonya, and an orphanage graduate playing Alias (a Russian word association game). By the way, pastor Vasiliy brought cordial thanks from his village church to the Minnesota team for fixing their roof. This fall their church worshiped in a dry building. Good job Minnesota people, keep up your good works for Christ!
In October we we were blessed to see fruit of God's labor here. Like this little baby girl Anya. Her mother came to the unwed mothers center "Time of Change'' in February, renewed her walk with Christ and decided to keep the baby. Anya was delivered in September and now is a beautiful and healthy baby. God healed both the mother and the child after a complicated c-section, glory to Him. Here you see Tonya enjoying holding Anya while her Mom is recovering.
This one-year-old baby girl, Evelena, is a different story. She was born while her father, Vitaliy, was in prison, where he was touched and changed by God. A week ago he was released, decided to marry his girlfriend Olga (Evelena's Mom), took responsibility for the child and got a job. Vitaliy, Olga, and Evelena stopped at our place yesterday to see us and asked to help to officiate their church wedding. Please pray for Vitaliy to keep making right decisions as he keeps following the Lord.
We also have made an agreement with an orphanage to conduct Bible based Life-Skills lessons. Previously we have only been allowed to play games with the kids, but now the door is opening up a bit more. Please pray for us as we start lessons this Sunday.
The Eshelman Family