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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Leadership Conference, Sochi

Russian Church Leaders

We recently attended a leadership conference in Sochi, Russia. Sochi is located in southern Russia on the coast of the Black Sea. In Sochi you can actually find palm trees, and only 40 minutes away are mountains where you can ski! Sochi is being considered as a possible location of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

We took the train to Sochi from Nizhny Novgorod. The trip is over 40 hours each way and we spent two nights and a day riding through the Russian countryside. We made the trip with our good friends Nickolai and Irina Tsaryov and their young daughter Anya.

The leadership conference was sponsored by American Foursquare leader Daniel Brown and his Commended to the Word ministry. About 50 pastors and church leaders attended this 3 day conference. We were all refreshed and encouraged by the teaching, fellowship and relaxation. Daniel Brown is an engaging teacher who challenged all of us to be servant leaders and deliberate disciple makers. We will be working with Daniel to see that several of his books are translated into the Russian language, printed and distributed in Russia.

Sunset on the Black Sea

Sochi Street Scene

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