Harvest Sunday

Harvest Sunday is the day that we set aside to Thank God for the Harvest that He has given to us. Everyone in the church brings in many fruits and vegetables, along with nuts and flowers to decorate the church. 

I would say that Harvest Sunday would be the closest to what we call Thanksgiving in the US. 

(Mom & Tamie, Do you notice anything in this picture? - Thank you for your giving heart, 
and making our church that much more beautiful!)

God blessed our service with 15 visitors! 7 people left before we had a chance to get a group picture but here we are! :) I'm behind the camera ;) There were a couple of our families that were unable to come today. You were Missed!

After Sunday is over we load up all the Harvest and take it to those who are in need of it. This year we took ours to one of the orphanages here. 

Thank you ladies for all your hard work in decorating the church!  You did a fantastic job!

Our Classroom

Welcome to our classroom!

I have been homeschooling our children since Marc (our first) was in 1st Grade. We had been doing school at the kitchen table for years until about 7 years ago. At that point we moved into this house and Praise to the Lord, it had a smaller room right across from the kitchen and bathroom. Perfect!
As you can tell, we painted the classroom in two different colors. Yes, this may seem a bit different, but what better place to have fun with your wall colors then in your classroom. I chose these colors because light blue helps with understanding and Light green helps with creativity!

This is where the children keep all the necessary books of theirs for school. They each have a shelf. The cabinet that has the door is where we keep the school books for the other grades that we are not using at the moment. I use to keep them in boxes for years, but this makes switching school books out from year to year a whole lot easier!

Here is our white board. As you can see we have many things written on it at the moment. We have our prayer list of the special prayer requests that people have asked us to pray about, we have the "trouble box" in the corner where their name goes if they do something wrong. Then a little reminder in the center, "1) Bible? 2) Jobs? 3) School -  Our children must be in the classroom by 8:30 each morning, but they must complete their personal devotions with the Lord and their jobs before school begins.

Here is Joshua's little 12th grade corner. At this time, he is watching his Speech class. Oh, how he loves this class! He has got the best teacher! If we hear him laughing during school, you can pretty much guarantee that he is watching Speech. 

Now, this is Caleb doing 8th grade. He is watching his Bible class, first class of the day. Our children so enjoy the Abeka Program. It has been a sacrifice but it has been so worth it! It is so exciting to see our children come to the supper table and anxious to share what they have learned in school that day.

This is my desk in the corner with Anna's desk in front of me. This year I am teaching Anna. She needed more one on one time. She is really making progress!
Over on the side is where I keep all my books for school. :)
Where is Anna, you may ask? Well, normally this is where you would find her doing her school but today she's sick. :(  So....

You will find her in her room. She is redeeming the time, and reading her book report book. "You make her do school while she is sick?" ha ha  No, she loves to read. Right now she is reading about Knute Rockne. He was an all American football player and coach at the University of Notre Dame. 

Well, this ends the tour of our classroom. Hope you enjoyed your stay!

Olympics for Foreign Students

Joshua, Caleb, and Anna competed at the University here in the Olympics for Foreign Students in Russian. They were the only students that were not in the University. I am so proud of all their hard work! 

Caleb was awarded with an honorable mention!  

Joshua tied with 2 others for 1st place!

 His certificate!

He was given this book and a dvd on St.Petersburg.

Another update!

I am excited to announce that Tonya and Lena are back home from the hospital as healthy as can be. :) Thank you all so much for your prayers for them. I would like to ask you to continue to pray for Tonya's grandmother which is still in the hospital and is suppose to be there for another 6 months. Her mother was also suppose to still be in the hospital but she left the hospital against the doctors orders and went home. She is taking the medication that was prescribed but did not want to stay in the hospital. So please keep her in your prayers as well, as for the continued health of her 3 girls.

Village Update
We want to thank you so very much for all your prayers for the people in the village where we minister. We were able to speak with Tonya today on the phone. Her and Lena are still in the hospital feeling ok but can not leave until some test results come back. Tonya's mother is home feeling better but her grandmother is still sick and in the hospital. As far Tonya knows everyone else is still healthy. Please continue to pray for these precious people. Thank you again!

In one day I have received many different stories on who is sick and who is not sick. So who do you call when you hear different things? Right, the source! :)  So we decided to call one of the girls that are in the hospital. We were able to talk with her father and he told us who to call. Sooo, we called that man and he has been to the hospital himself and talked with the girls. So it looks like Lena and Tonya are in the hospital getting checked out because they were in close contact with Tonya's mother and grandmother which have open Tuberculosis. The mother and grandmother are both in the hospital as well. As for the other girls, they are at home doing well as far as anyone knows. Because Tuberculosis is very contagious, please continue praying for the village people. If I hear any more updates, I will be sure to pass them along. Thank you all so much for your prayers!

I am asking everyone to please pray for our kids in the village. Nine of the Eleven girls that come to our Saturday Bible Club have come down with Tuberculosis. Two of the girls (Lena and Tonya) have been sent to the hospital along with Tonya's mother and grandmother who have it also. We are planning on checking on them on a regular basis so I will try to keep you updated. 

Last night we were marveling in God's goodness. We were suppose to go to the village Saturday for our weekly Bible Club but were not able to go due to our car breaking down and had to take it into the shop on Friday. :(  We didn't look at that as a good thing and were disappointed but as we got the call about the girls, we thanked our good Lord for protecting us!
Give thanks in all things! For you never know what God might be protecting you from!