Thursday, 28 October 2010

St Petersburg

Liz & I are still processing all we experienced over the weekend with Dave & Hanna in St Petersburg (SPB).

We arrived on Friday at their flat in central SPB, around 5pm local time. Their children were returning home from school and family Henson was in full swing. Before long some of their Russian friends joined us for tea & cake, although we understood very little as they were all speaking Russian.

On Saturday morning we went for a boat trip around the canals with Dave & Hanna and their children. With a dusting of snow on the ground it felt proper cold, we were issued with blankets when we went out on deck.
In the afternoon Liz & I hosted a marriage seminar for the leadership team at Hope Church (a pastor & wife from another church also attended). This continued over dinner in the evening and was great for getting to know them all better.
On Sunday I preached at their church meeting with someone translating. A tongue was given and the interpretation was brought first in Russian, then in English ... very cool! The meeting finished at 1:30pm but the ministry time continued another 3 hours.

In the evening I spoke at a leaders meeting on relationships in church life (which was attended by pastors from another church).

On Monday we flew home, but not before an official confiscated some Russian honey from us. I guess the biggest impression we have been left with is the joy of partnering with Dave & Hanna and Hope church, SPB. To be amongst them on your behalf was a real privilege, even though it was exhausting!

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