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Thursday, January 25, 2007

First Nations Team - Day 6-7 - Concerts

On Monday afternoon we all met at our apartment and we then took the team to the Kremlin region of Nizhny Novgorod for a brief time of site seeing. We walked to the bottom of Pokrovka Street where we could see both the Kremlin and the overlook of the Oka and Volga rivers. After taking a few photos we walked through the Kremlin, down the hill and stopped to view one of Nizhny’s many Orthodox churches. By this time we needed to head to the bus station were we would purchase tickets for the ride to Zavolzha and our second concert.

Overlook of the Volga River near the Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin

One of the Kremlin towers in Nizhny Novgorod

Kremlin Gate - Karen and Cheryl
Karen and Heidi walking through the Kremlin

Down the hill outside the Kremlin

Orthodox Chapel at the base of the Kremlin
The team outside of an Orthodox Church building

Looking up the hill toward the Kremlin

A veiw of the Kremlin and an Orthodox Church

Our friend Chris Gandy, James and Heidi
clowning around at the bus station
Karen and a new friend at the bus station

Riding in the taxi-van to Zavolzha

The team performed concerts both Monday and Tuesday evening. The basic format was the same with a few minor changes each evening.

Here are a few photos from Monday and Tuesday evening.

The Cultural Palace where the concerts were held

The team with Eduard and Vadim
our church planting partners in Zavolzha

A view of the hall from the balcony

The team onstage with Anya Gandy (seated left)
who translated for the concert
James signing autographs after the concert
Anya and a young friend after the concert

Cheryl receiving a gift after the concert

Speaking of gifts, one night a woman came up to Cheryl and put a kitten on her shoulder after the concert. Cheryl assumed that the woman was showing her the kitten but the woman told her "it is a gift" and walked away! Obviously Cheryl couldn't keep the kitten and take it back to the U.S. so....Karen and I are now parents to Mishka, which means "Little Bear", or "Teddy Bear" in the Russian language.

Karen and Mishka (Little Bear)

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