Painting the Day Away

Sorry for the short post tonight, we just got back to the hotel and it’s already 12:30am here. Jeff started us off with a nice devotional today about the importance of the church and we talked about a verse from Isaiah 40. We were then picked up and taken to the church where we started the work they needed us to do. Jeff and Kevin worked in a hallway upstairs while the rest of us were in a room downstairs. Sandpapering the walls turned out to be the messiest activity so far. We got covered in white dust, and Doug’s hair was so white he looked like he had aged 2o years.

We took a tea break after a couple hours where we were serenaded in Russian. Doug was then asked to sing a song in English that the Russians could sing along to. Kevin got a short video showing how much fun it is interacting with this group. Please enjoy it with the pictures below.

We worked again until lunch when we had Russian soup and a second course of meat, salad, and potatoes. After lunch we got a first layer of paint on all of the walls and the ceilings are completely finished. We will do a second coat tomorrow on the walls. We then all came back to the hotel for a much needed shower. Unlike was planned, we ended up splitting up for dinner again.

Us young girls were invited to another youth’s house for a gathering with young adults. We then played some games and got to know each other better before embarking on a night walk through the city back to the hotel. Jeff and Mary previously hosted a member of the church at their house, and were invited to dinner at her parents’ place. Kevin and Doug went to dinner with the pastors and the deacon of the church. They got back earlier, but we were having too much fun to leave. Also, we got to be with Max at midnight when he turned 26, so happy birthday to him! 🙂

Goodnight and enjoy these pictures from today:

The room before painting

The room before painting

Doug after sand-papering

Doug after sand-papering

Anna after sand-papering

Anna after sand-papering

Pastor Olga getting in on the action

Pastor Olga getting in on the action

Enjoying a tea break

Enjoying a tea break

Video (it’s a hyperlink)