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VBS at Parnu 2016 - Last Day

We concluded our amazing VBS week yesterday, Friday, 7/29. Many of our participants were as eager as we were to start the day yesterday. We saw several of them running through the trees with their VBS Agape t shirts on, to begin their...

VBS at Parnu 2016 - Day 3

For today's update, we interviewed our two youngest team members, Isley (11) and Molly (nearly 9) Steger, who are here with their parents, Heather & Richard. Something I did for someone: Isley: I helped someone do her craft even though I...

VBS at Parnu 2016 - Day 2

It was another beautiful day today as we gathered for day two of VBS. Once again God exceeded our expectations. Eleven more children than yesterday came to listen to the story of the Good Samaritan.  It was demonstrated to them in skits...

VBS at Parnu 2016 - Day 1

Hello from Parnu. So many prayers were answered. We awakened to an absolutely beautiful morning with cool temperatures.  Even though there was a chance of rainfall, not one drop fell. Both the Agape and Asbury teams were well prepared...

VBS is almost here - Parnu, Estonia Team Update

Today started off with a 3 plus mile walk to downtown Pärnu. During our walk, we laughed together, prayed together and spent time getting ready for the upcoming week. It was nice to take in the fresh air and enjoy the beautiful morning...

Prepare for VBS in Parnu

A crisp 65 degree Sunday morning, Agape Church showed our team a warm welcome. Approximately 75 were in attendance for church this morning; many shared their musical talents. Ullas Tankler gave the sermon from John 10:1-10, reminding us that...

Agape church

Good evening from Agape church! Today was a busy day for sure. We started the morning off with some time walking around Old Town in Tallinn. While in Old Town we went inside the Russian Orthodox Church. It was a beautifully ornate cathedral with...

We Arrived in Estonia

All ten of us are safely in Estonia, along with all of our luggage. PTL!! We are enjoying a little dinner & will hopefully get a good night's sleep here in Tallinn  before heading to Parnu tomorrow (Saturday). Thank you for your...

Camp Gideon, Estonia

Hello Marilene! Here are the updates for Tuesday/Wednesday! On Tuesday, the team got to lead rec on the beach for the whole camp!! We were so blessed to have sunny weather! The Asbury team came up with about six games for the teams to compete...

Camp Gideon Estonia

Monday - Hope you are doing well! Today was a great first full day at Camp. We were really excited to interact with a bunch of new campers! We started the day with worship and the passage about Zacchaeus. Then we had a fun afternoon bonding with...

Camp Gideon Estonia

We are all settled in at Camp Gideon. We spent yesterday on the beach and catching up with old friends. We spent this morning at Artur Pold's church in Johvi. It was a beautiful service. Campers arrived to Gideon late today and Camp Activities...

We are Home!

Good morning to everyone. Just a quick note to let you know our Republic of Georgia mission team landed in Tulsa  Saturday night about 11:30 p.m.  Much to share but that will come after we've recuperated a bit. Thank you so much for...

The Village

Good evening from Marneuli, Georgia, where it's the end of the day. Today has been energizing day for our team - it was a day of prayer.  We spent the day in an ethnic Azeri town in Georgia praying over the town and its people. This is the...

Day 1 of the GAP

It's nearly midnight here but wanted to send a quick update. Day 1 of the GAP (Georgian Azerbaijani Partnership) consultation went very well. Everyone in attendance gave a brief introduction of where they serve and with whom they serve. At least...

Positive Report

Good evening/morning. Just a quick positive report that the six of us all arrived safely as did all our luggage. PTL!  We have checked into the hotel, had a quick light snack and are ready to hit the hay. The two-day consultation begins...

Last work day & trip to game park

Our amazing construction team had their last full work day on Friday where they were working to repair the pump on one of the water wells.  There is a church way up on a hill, and every day they send about 100 children down the hill to each...

Three days in Dete

Things are going well in Tanzania. Thanks for all the prayers.  We built trusses and installed them on this new church in the village of Dete.  Robert (our missionary on site) has contracted to finish the roof on Saturday in time for...

Full/ Busy Day in Guatemala City

We are eating pizza with the kiddos at Hope for Tomorrow. We worked so hard today. Made lots of good cement and bucket brigaded it all across the yard to pour footing for the new front wall. We built art easels, re plumbed the water purifier...

First Full day at Hope for Tomorrow

Today was a successful day! The therapists spent all day with the kids assessing them. We all worked hard tying rebar or putting in new electric line or water lines! We have fun together. The girls played with the kiddos this evening while the...

Answered Prayers!

This is a day of answered  prayers!! Our flight was delayed.. . . but thanks to the prayers of many we made our connecting flight in Houston with 10 minutes to spare!!  There were safely concern about protests against the government...

El Camino

We had a great day working at El Camino! So special to serve in the church that the guys have built, a big place and the clinic is out of the sun! Lots of people have been so selfless on this trip! Fufi

Super day

Super day! 145 medical patients. 51 dental and 60 eyes!  The young girls are doing so great. So much fun to have. We worked with government agency again today.  Making some new friends.  Love being with old friends. Linda does not...

Visit Community Center

We had a great day. We went to a government run community center. We saw around 45 dental patients. Around 30-35 eye glass patients and 146 medical. The pharmacy was a little crazy. We gave an elderly lady a walker. She was using 2 broomsticks...

Salam from Central Asia

Salam from Central Asia,Tuesday we taught English class. We play games like scrabble, pictionary, and we read stories from the Tidings magazine. In the morning we had a group of teenagers, so we read the stories about our youth mission trips!...

Amazing Journey

Sorry it’s been a few days since we shared any updates but we’ve enjoyed amazingly full & blessed days.   Friday – we returned to the village of Lubaya to finish up our labors on the home for Mama Joyce and...

New Residence

Day 7 and we have luggage and, more importantly, the new wheelchair for the young lady who lives in the home we've been helping to complete. We will take it tomorrow which is our last day in that village. We have a straw basket of house warning...

Shalom Baptist

On Sunday we attended church at Shalom Baptist in Guatemala City. We really enjoyed a special time of worship with our Guatemalan brothers & sisters. We then went back to the orphanage to completed some construction projects and say goodbyes...

VBS crafts

Saturday we had a busy productive day! The team worked diligently all day on several construction projects around the home while the rest of the team did  VBS crafts with the  children and walked to the park for games. There were many...

Hope For Tomorrow

Yesterday we had a great day at Hope For Tomorrow! We worked on a construction project &  painting at the orphanage. We had tons of fun painting canvas bags and coloring beautifully created pictures with  the precious children!!!...

Greeting from Guatemala

Good morning and greetings on day two from Guatemala. Our trip on Wednesday was smooth with all team members & luggage arriving together. We settled into to our lodging, toured Hope for Tomorrow Children's Home, met & loved on the...

Last Day at Light House

Greetings from Tallinn. Sunday was another great day, went to Marjana's church in Reikla, and Wayne (Werner) preached and Judy (Werner) played the piano. Spent some time with them after the service and then went out to lunch. Marjana (Lighthouse...

Greetings from Haapsalu

Greetings from Haapsalu. Rental cars arrived at Lutheran dorms on time and drive was very pleasant. Had lunch and then visited the castle. After castle went out for fabulous deserts. Checked into our hostel and then visited the Haapsalu Methodist...

Cleaning Up the Lighthouse

We spent Thursday cleaning up the Lighthouse. The guys took off boards in front of radiators cleaning vacuuming and mopping where no one had cleaned in awhile. The ladies wiped down tables and chairs, doors, baseboards, and also dusted and...

Adventure Park

Good morning, We were at the Adventure Park (on Wednesday) with 17 children and13 adults. Weather is great but too cool for any of us to consider swimming. This place has lots of outdoor and indoor activities, all free (included in entry fee)...

Chinese Restaurant in Estonia

Good evening (Estonia time) - the move to the new dorms (where the team is now staying) went well, cabs were right on time. Another good day with the children and the guys on our team built a rain cover over the Lighthouse entry...

Estonian Speaking Congregation

Greetings from Tallinn.  After church at the Estonian Speaking Congregation at BMC where Harry Turner from Tennessee was preaching, went to Old Town for lunch. Then most of us then worked our way back to rest - jet lag.  Watched...

An Estonian Perspective

An Estonian perspective. . . .  Viktorya age 14- VBS was cool!  The helpers are always positive and smiling. Heria age 14 - I was happy that everybody was happy.  The kids were happy it was good! Elise age 17- every year it is...

My Cross Necklace

Another touching day at sunbeam. Aeeki is 21 had a stroke five yrs ago after surviving brain tumor removal at age six. His mom works in the prison in Johvi, is single mom and does all his care. He is developmentally delayed but funny and...

VBS at Parnu

Day 2 of VBS started off with sunshine and warm(er) weather! Some exciting news was that all of the children from day one returned plus an additional 15! This gave us a total of 48 children that heard God's word from 2 Kings 4:1-7. During VBS the...

Remi

First day without rain!  PTL, And the children from the Sunbeam school came to camp!  We had beach time with throwing rocks into the water, playing soccer, blowing bubbles and generally hanging out.  Took our lunch outside for a...

Sinks and Toilets

We are tired! But we finished the new bigger casita with a bonus (el bano). We all worked hard, we all put lots of sweat equity into the sweet little house. We can stucco, use all kinds of saws, run electrical wire, install sinks and toilets. We...

Uprooted Two Huge Trees

The past two days have been very busy at Casa De Fe. Yesterday morning 8 of us took the jungle flight to see the Waodani tribe. It was an amazing experience learning about their culture and the history of the tribe. We attended a traditional...

450 Cinder Blocks

We had a great great day. We moved 450 cinder blocks into our casita. Then we all became cinder block layers and electricians. Everybody worked like champions. We ate dinner ( incredible grilled chicken and chicken flautas and banana pudding) at...

Puting on Glasses for the First Time

Saturday was a day of travel. After a little delay, we left Atlanta and made it to Quito at nearly midnight. After a long bus ride, we arrived in Shell at 5:00 am. Thankfully we were able to get a little rest before heading to lunch (which was...

Returning Home

After several delays and seating issues (in Monterrey and at DFW), our seven weary, but enthused, team members returned Saturday evening about 7:00 – only two hours late.  Their luggage did not arrive with them but they made it home...

TGIF

TGIF - our last work day. Yesterday was eventful and uplifting. In the morning the men went to home depot to purchase building materials. Then picked up the ladies and we went to a Christian business man's soup kitchen that helps people learn job...

Powerful Message

The team is building a clinic and finishing the inside of a classroom. It is cold and we are working hard! We had 6 lbs of bacon, 60 eggs and lots of other stuff eaten. Incredible worship again last night. I am blown away by the insight and depth...

Incredible worship

Katie and Jonathan made us (34 member team) lasagna and bread. Awesome dinner last night. Kids loved the ranch (in Texas). They were everywhere! Incredible worship. Incredible musical talent in this group. Jonathan played along. David led...

Help Out Motorcycle Accident

We are on our way to visit the game park and will hopefully see lots of lions, zebras and giraffes! Yesterday was our last day of an exhausting but amazing week of clinic! Last night during our devotions time, our group talked about all the...

In Mkuyuni

We just finished our final day in Mkuyuni! The doctors saw and helped over 800 people over the last three days, and yet we still had to turn many people away because we ran out of time. We pray over each person that their relationship with Christ...

Played Soccer Against the Maestros

And we have closed out our week of working with Casa De Fe and the Joy of The Lord is so present and felt by all of us!!!  God is indeed so Good!!! The Uniforms we delivered this week which have been collected by the AsburyKids for the...

Waodani Tribe

 Well we had another great day serving here at Casa de Fe. It rained very hard all night long but we awoke to our first sunny morning of the trip and we were able to enjoy the South American sunshine almost the entire day!  A few of us...

Serving God

Today was another busy day. While most of the team was working on projects outside, I helped in the donation room and organized the shoes and school supplies that the children need. Sometimes they receive donations that may not be beneficial to...

Uniforms Dropped Off

Three of our team members got to have baby time today. I think it's everyone's favorite as it is the heart of Casa de Fe and what all the other work is for. It's so easy to see the love of God in the faces of the kids. The uniforms that Asbury...

A Gorgeous Waterfall

Wow!!!   God is so good!!  All the time, God is good!!!   The Asbury-In-Ecuador team arrived safely in Ecuador Saturday around midnight, immediately hopping on a bus to take the 5 hour trip down to Shell and into our...

Irish Pub

Hello from Kaali, Estonia, the town where Marjana lives and went to school. Staying in a hotel-for two nights. Visited several very old churches and the  castle in Kuressaare. Town had a 450 year celebration with a parade and song festival...

Greek Restaurant

Good Friday morning - today we travel. Yesterday was another full day. Kids did music and puppet presentations and then we took them bowling for two hours. They had a blast and it was crazy. We then met Ardie from Parnu, a seminary student...

Puppet Scripts

Greetings - another busy day. Dave did some minor building repairs while the ladies did MBS (Mission Bible School) again. The older kids wrote their own puppet scripts for presentation tomorrow. Hand bells are real popular. Quite a few of the...

Estonian restaurant

Greetings from Tallinn - another great day at the Lighthouse. Had 16 children today and we did music and puppets again. They had a fun time and Dave and Dima (age 14) cut the extremely overgrown drive in front yard. Mall, Marjana and the team had...

First day at the Lighthouse

First day at the Lighthouse - great. Mall was there to greet us. Had about fifteen kids, ages 7 - 14. This was their last day of school. Crystal did music and Jan and Jennifer did puppets. Kids had fun. Building repairs completed, cost right on...

Baltic Mission Center

Hello from Tallinn - had a great Sunday. Met Marjana at our place at 9 AM. Took tram to Baltic Mission Center for 10 AM church service, Crystal sang and received applause -wow. Two hour service, then walked to park and had lunch in a Russian...

Greeting from Tallinn

Greetings from Tallinn - good day today, we all had a good night’s sleep bed by 2 AM (Estonia time) and up by 9 AM. Had an early lunch and then carted all of the MBS supplies to the Lighthouse Ministry Center. Met with Marjana (new...

16 different nations in this place

We have packed as much as possible in these days. Today (Saturday) and yesterday(Friday) have been long ones. One person in our group has met with 16 different nations in this place!  Think about that. We have handed out school supplies...

The city by the sea

It was a great day in the city by the sea. We helped in four English classes of all different levels. It was amazing to visit with many of the people because they are from surrounding countries and have many unbelievable stories of hardships. We...

Today was a great day

Today was a great day! This morning Jennie and Liz met with a sweet friend to encourage her. Then we went to the bazaar and walked around. It was a treat as usual...we went into the cheese house and enjoyed it as usual!  We purchased a few...

320 eggs

Today we bought 320 eggs, 4 jars of mayo and 41 round loaves of bread. We made sandwiches for all the patients at the psych hospital and for everyone at card. It was great to see how fast and creative we could be in boiling our eggs and peeling...

Working with Card

We are here working with CARD.  It has been a great day for our first one! We have been visiting with old friends and making some new ones. The greatest thing that I have found out is that one of my friends that I have made at the...

Happy

We have logged in some long hours since we left, but we will be good tomorrow after a great night of sleep. We really like Marnueli so much. The people are so very nice and open. You can openly tell them about your company! Today was a great day...