The 2018 Kondopoga Friendship English Language Club was a blessed and resounding success, with 42 students, aged 7-17! The only challenge was that the week went by way too fast.
Together, we practiced speaking and learned more English through exploring the biblical story of Joseph. There were three classes led by Suzie, Mike, and Angela, and team leader, Debra led the opening and closing group sessions and crafts. Of course, none of this could have happened without our incredible hosts and co-leaders Tatiana, Pr. Vadim, Oksana, and so many others who volunteered from the Kondopoga Lutheran Congregation. Everybody enjoyed the games, singing songs, and preparing and performing the dramas that each class shared during the closing ceremony, on Friday afternoon. Above all, great connections and genuine friendships were formed to the glory of God!
Russians are known for being consummate hosts and they treated the EEMN team like royalty, including dressing them in traditional royal costumes during an evening hosted by the Kondopoga Ladies English Club!
Next week, the EEMN team has been invited to visit and teach English at the local schools and also spend time serving orphans and children with developmental challenges.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support!
For the first time in over two years, we are finally back in Kondopoga, Russia! The laws have gotten so restrictive, that we cannot even use the word “school” in the promotion or curriculum, and are officially the Kondopoga English Language Friendship Club. Additionally, we can no longer hold our lessons in the schools, but have had to organize our “club” in the Lutheran Church. That said, registration was completely full, by word of mouth only, within five days of word hitting the streets that the Americans were coming. The team consists of Deborah Parks (team leader), Angela Breidenbach, Suzie Olek and Mike Wind.
Today was a successful first day, with each classroom hosting between 12 - 15 students. At the conclusion of the “club” several of the older students sat in the sanctuary singing songs. This is remarkable, since not one of them is a member of the congregation. In fact, only a handful of the students have ever attended church. EEMN is so pleased to partner with Pastor Vadim to help in his efforts for outreach to the community of Kondopoga. Thanks be to God for this new opportunity!
Look forward to additional posts as the week progresses.
Thank you for your support!
The small EEMN RUSSIA team is preparing, now, for travel to Russia in order to lead a Friendship English Language School at the Lutheran Church in Kondopoga. Please pray that the complicated and meticulous application process of applying for Russian Visas will be well received and approved for every team member preparing to serve.
Thanks be to God the door is still open and we are planning an Autumn 2018 English Language School to be hosted in Kondopoga, Russia! Please continue to lift up in prayer our partners in ministry, throughout Russia, and specifically that the Russian Yarovaya Law review, scheduled for July 2018, will not place additional obstacles in the way of our team serving in Russia!