This past January, we had a team go to Siberia to follow up on a trip that was held there last August. Through concerts, testimonies, and teaching of God’s Word, the team was able to see God’s hand at work in one of the most remote area’s of Russia. The following is a short synopsis of the trip.
“Dear brothers and sisters, here is a short overview of our most recent trip to Yamal, Russia, which took place in January of this year. At first I would like to say that our Lord was always good and kind to us in so many different ways. This particular mission trip was special in many ways and shortly, you will realize why.
In the first place, it was a wonderful way to start the New Year by catching a flight from JFK to Moscow on January 1st. In Moscow, we were able to meet up with a couple of the volunteers who were joining us on the trip to yamal. 2 great musicians joined us and there was also a teacher of the Inductive Bible study method. After spending the day in Moscow, we had another 56 hours of traveling to the town of Labytnangi. It’s so interesting how our Lord is working sometimes. You see when we got on the train, we found ourselves in a car full of high school students. As you can imagine, there was a lot of noise, bad language, cigarette smoke, but at the same time, it was an unbelievable opportunity to witness to these young people about our Lord. As you probably read in our previous post, Labytnangi is the place where the railroad actually ends. From this point, the only way to get from town to town is by traveling on the ice-roads, which are just frozen rivers. Once we arrived in the local church in Salakhard, we began preparing for our musical program. When we arrived to Yamal it was during the time of Christmas since Russian celebrate Christmas, which is based on the Orthodox calendar and takes place on January 7th. The opportunity presented itself for us to deliver Christmas gifts for the children in the village of Zelyoniy-yar (Green-ridge), but there was one problem, it’s incredibly hard to get there. There are no roads and no ice-roads to get to Green Ridge so, we had to rent a special all-terrain vehicle called “Track-All” to get there. The ride was long, but we were rewarded with a wonderful time spent with the children and adults of this small town. We were able to share the love of God and the wonderful story of Jesus Christ’s birth with them.