Russia Blog

Last Goodbyes

Wednesday was our last day in Samara, but was a very good day at that. We began with a river cruise on the Volga with many members of the church, two of which had to run to the boat to make it on time. They brought tea and leftovers from Tuesday’s meals to share with […]

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 […]

Sunday Funday

We got a bit of a later start this morning since we didn’t have a devotional before leaving for church. They only have an 11:00 service at the church, so we went to that, but unlike at home their average service is two hours long. Doug gave the sermon and Max translated for the congregation. […]

Cуббота (Saturday)

We once again started our morning with a devotional over Romans 10:8-10 and Matthew 28:16-20. We were reminded that although we may have a language barrier with the people of Samara, we can still form a relationship through the presence of God. Jeff left after our devotional to go shopping for food he can prepare […]

Day 2 of Adventures

Everyone seemed to have gotten a good night’s sleep after our long day of travel and we were all up and had eaten by 9 for our morning devotional. The breakfast provided by the hotel was very nice with sausage, eggs, waffles, cereal, pastries, potatoes, and good coffee. Today’s devotional was over Colossians 3:12-17 talking […]

Privet from Russia

Welcome to the blog! If you haven’t already heard, a group from HPCUMC has journeyed to Samara, Russia in order to do mission work with our sister church, Samara United Methodist Church. This is Anna Renfro and Sarah Krott running the blog, but we are here also with Kevin Betts, Pastor Doug Johns, and Mary […]