Hello everyone! It's been a while. I know. The past few months things have been getting a lot more sunny and vibrant here. The roads have turned to streams with all the snow melting, people are walking without hats and have shed their second skins, the sun is burning brighter and longer each passing day. Time is also ticking down to the time we when have to leave for the summer, with feelings of excitement for home and sadness at the thought of leaving our new home and friends.
Over the past few months we have been living our not-so-typical lives here. We have celebrated Easter... twice! We have said goodbye to a dear friend who moved to the Moscow region. We have learned more Russian. We have had deep conversations about friendship, courage, love, and relationships. We have learned the art of Salsa dancing. We have continued loving and playing with the kids on Saturdays. We have been able to develop a slight sense of humor in our new language and been able to communicate with our friends in a different way. We have shared music and time with many friends, who are all incredibly talented. We went to our first movie at a Russian movie theater. We have had friends reach out to help us return next year. We have marveled at the new freedom found by spring weather and clear streets. We have gotten to know our friends in a whole new, fuller way. Our friends have made the church even more of a home and have felt comfortable staying for Adoration, watching a four hour long movie about St. Don Bosco, or just hanging out and talking with the various visiting priests.
Spring has never brought so much fruit or so much hope in my life. Spring in Magadan has revived the city after a long, snowy winter. Even though you may still see piles of snow and ice scattered around the city, nothing can stop us now. The birds have just paraded over Magadan skies today, enroute North. We cannot wait to see what the last three weeks of this year will have in store for us.
^^^ Here is a rare sighting of a Magadanski man confidently walking around Magadan in Hawaiian shorts on April 29th. I think he is the most excited and optimistic of all for springtime.
Also if you haven’t had the chance yet, please check out our fundraising page at : http://www.adgentesmission.org
In order to return next year we need to raise roughly $1,500 each. Please consider becoming a part of our mission by donating or by keeping Russia and us in your prayers! Thanks a bunch!