We landed in Moscow yesterday morning and aside from being tired from the 33 hours of travel, things went relatively smooth. Funny the last time I came into the US from being abroad, that time from Thailand, I met my old friend, Don at LAX just randomly. He flies and works at the airport, but this time, at JFK, I thought I’d give him a call to see. Turns out he was just across the city at LaGuardia. He took a cab over and we had a fews hours of coffee before I joined the team and boarded the plane for Moscow. What a nice little parting gift!
It was a big 767 Delta plane painted pink as a part of a breast cancer awareness program they are running. It took us the the whole morning to get to the YWAM base here in Moscow. It’s a monster of a city where everything’s super expensive. They rent the house we are staying in for $3500/month. Wow! Nothing like leading an outreach in Cambodia or Thailand. It’s no problem to lead a team and spend about $8/day on room and board. Here, we’ll be lucky to keep it under $20.
I’m excited for what God wants to do through this team. From where I sit on the floor of this room upstairs, I can hear the DTS (Discipleship Training School) teacher teaching the students about going into the promised land. He’s talking about not giving in to fear, how our words have power, and how we want to be like Joshua and Caleb instead of the spies who brought back a bad report. Good reminder for me too. They will be our audience next week. It’s a sweet little crowd. They welcomed us with open arms and we’ve eaten together a few times in just the last 20 hours or so. Last night we ate Russian food. I can’t remember what it was called, but there was raw fish and bread. There were potatoes and some kind of marmalade
you put on these crape-looking pancake things. It was quite good, but we were rushed into the next room to have a prayer time for Russia immediately after eating. The leader said he had only one request. He wanted us to pray that Russia would be the number one missionary sending country in the world.
I’m sleeping in a room with about 6 other guys, some on DTS staff and others, students. it’s a bit of a snore-fest, but what did I expect? It’s great to be here. Our Titus guys are prepping teachings for our trip to Kursk tomorrow and This is officially day #1.