We started our morning early with a devotional by Jeff. Then, we loaded onto a tour bus to see and learn more about Samra and its history. We also visited Stalin’s bunker, which is now a museum. In addition, we saw the beautiful and partially frozen Volga River. Then, Max took us to a Georgian restaurant, where we had a sampling of the delicious cuisine before heading back to the church.
The Samara Medothodist Church prepared an elaborate and beautiful Russian culture night. They shared intimate details of their lifestyle, took our hands and led us in games and dances, sang traditional folk songs led by Anna and Allah, and prepared a magnificent buffet of traditional foods. We were blown away by the effort and presentation of their distinct national culture and the pride they have in it. It has been so special to be in fellowship with a community that has such a deep and genuine relationship with God. On behalf of Sarah and Gretchen, we hope that we can learn from their passion for our God and bring that back to Hyde Park.
Our team on the banks of the Volga River.
Pastor Doug in Stalin’s chair in the bunker.
Our gracious interpreter Max leading the culture night.