Yesterday (Saturday) we were part of the after wedding celebration of our friends Vanya and Sveta. We went to the edge of town and had an all day cookout/picnic Russian style.
Vanya is a former drug addict who entered rehab about two years ago. He and Sveta dated 3 years ago, but split up because of his drug addiction. After coming to Christ and getting his life in order he went back to Sveta and led her to Christ. Today he is clean, drug free and a businessman. He and Sveta are members of Cornerstone Church, which is the church Karen and I serve. It is a wonderful thing for us to see this young couple as they begin this new phase of their lives. Drug abuse had nearly destroyed this young man, but because of the power of the Gospel he is now free, married to the love of his life, and pursuing a life with meaning.
Vanya is a trained Ballroom dancer
As you look at some of the accompanying photos keep in mind that nearly everyone in the photos is a former drug addict.
(Russian Shish Kabob)
Karen and other ladies preparing salads for the picnic
Old Man at the Well
That's me getting water from a well for cooking
Karen & me with our friend Zhana
Zhana is a recovering addict who hopes to attend
Missionary training School this fall
Kids at the Well
The parents of these children are former addicts
The kids now have a normal happy family life.
It is because of changes like this that Karen and I work in Russia