Friday, September 25, 2009

Summer prayer letter

(I wrote this last week and just haven't had time to get it sent out.)

September 14, 2009

Dear friends,
It’s been way too long since we’ve written an official prayer letter! I hope you’ve been able to keep up with us somewhat on our blog and through personal communication.

We’ve had a wonderful, busy, HOT summer here in Ukraine. Jaan, Raia, and Asya are growing fast; they’re 6, 4, and almost 2 years old. It seems like they, and the rest of our life, keep us running full speed. I’ll just summarize three big highlights of the past few months:

Camps - This summer a group of Russian-Americans came and did a VBS program for neighborhood kids near the church. Our family attended and helped out some, but we didn’t really have to put any work into that. We just got to spend time with the kids who came. Soon after that it was time for the church camp. Now that was a lot of work and fun, too! Will taught the music lessons, did morning devotions and was generally very, very involved as part of the camp staff. It was wonderfully encouraging to see the youth pull together as a team to run this camp and a real answer to our prayers. Several weeks later Will also got to go on a camping trip with a few of the oldest group from camp, and he enjoyed doing devotions and ‘campfire talks’ with them.

Guests - This whole summer we have had guests coming and going. God has clearly shown his love for us through these friends. They have blessed us so much, and we’ve really enjoyed being able to host them here. Some were renewing visas for their ministries in Russia and chose to make the trip to see us instead of the closest stop over the border, and one went completely out of his way following a missions trip just to visit with us. It is truly a blessing to be loved so much!

Dacha - You may know that back in December we bought a dacha (a little garden house). That has been the biggest treat of our summer! For our own family, we love the chance to be outdoors, to have a yard all of our own and just to enjoy the quiet. For reaching out to others, we’ve been able to host the youth from church for various events, we’ve gotten to know our dacha neighbors even better than anyone from our apartment building, and we’ve been able to comfortably house all the guests I mentioned in our apartment while we stay at our dacha. Most weeks we’ve been at our dacha for the weekdays, just going back on the weekends to wash up for church and do laundry.

Prayer requests:
Praise God with us for the wonderful summer that we’ve had!
Pray for continued contact with the children who were touched by the camps.
Will’s parents will be visiting soon. (Hurrah!) Please pray for a good and healthy visit.
Will continues to lead the church youth here. Please pray for the two upcoming weddings and then for everyone to get back into the routine of regular Bible studies and fellowship times.
Pray with us about the possibility of organizing a new Bible study group and/or ‘young marrieds' group at church.
The end of summer means getting back into the usual school year routine for many. Please pray for the Bible studies starting up, as well as friends who want us to help them with English, and Jaan starting into the world of homeschooling.

Thank you so much for your love, prayers and support of us! Please write to us; let us know how you’re doing and how we can pray for you, too.
Because of Christ,
Phyllis Hunsucker (for Will, Jaan, Raia and Asya, too)

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