Merry Christmas to you. We’ve had a great year. The Lord has led us through heartache and rejoicing. We thank Him for the abundant life He has given us.
We have good news. Mike received his Russian visa, and it’s perfect: it is good for three years and allows for unlimited stays in Russia. It is so good to have this done. It’s particularly gratifying to know that the Lord continues to keep the doors open for us to live and serve in Russia.
We applied for Olga’s US citizenship. Because she has a green card, we are obligated to be in the USA for an extended visit. We submitted the application in October and are waiting to hear from the US government if they accept the application or if they need more supporting documents. We hope to have this all done in the first quarter of next year, but the Lord knows His plans for us and we’re content to be where we are. Though, we miss Russia greatly and hope to go there as soon as possible.
Olga continues to homeschool Valerie. It’s going well, and God has blessed our family through the homeschooling experience. Valerie was baptized in July and is doing great. She has a servant’s heart and loves to give gifts. She loves school (she wants to fight bad microbes when she grows up) and she’s also quite talented in drawing, music and dance.
Mike has been meeting with mission teams and individuals, planning the work for next year; he hopes to help several interns serve in Montenegro, Estonia and Russia, and he will help mission teams as well. In addition to ongoing projects in Russia, Estonia, Belarus and Montenegro, Mike’s work is expanding into Norway, Moldova and Ukraine. Olga led a team to Moldova last summer and hopes to lead another team next year.