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Sunday, March 09, 2008

Her First Visit to a Mall - Eating at McDonald's

We just returned home after a busy day. It started with a church service at 11:00 AM. Karen played her flute with the worship team. It was nice to see and hear. She hasn't played in a long time.

Today is "Women's Day" in Russia. Pastor Dima preached about women and ministry. He generally encouraged women to be everything that God wants them to be and to minister in any capacity that they can.

One of the brothers graduated from the first 3 months of rehab today. His name is Roman and he is a really good guy. He is "on fire" for the Lord. We have seen some dramatic changes in his life over the last few months.

Roman Giving His Testimony

Later we took several people shopping for the weekly supplies of the Rustai rehab center. We actually shopped in a Super-supermarket which is located in the only true American style mall in our area. It was touching and interesting to have our friend Dinara with us. She is serving in the Rustai rehab. She is 30 years old and has never been in a mall before! It was a bit overwhelming for her. We had fun taking her for her first meal at McDonald's.

Dinara, Karen and Michael

After shopping we made the 2 hour drive to Rustai. We chatted for a while and then Karen and I went to the banya (a Russian steam bath in a log hut) together. After the banya, we shared a meal with everyone and then drove home. All in all this was a great day and we enjoyed it a lot.

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