Monday, November 24, 2008

Flight Information

"But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him." 2 Cor 2:14

I have my VISA! Praise God! I would like to ask each of you to please cover me and the other 13 people I will be meeting up with in DC in prayer while I am away. It is already very cold, high 27, low 25 and snowing (and will only get colder as the month continues..brrr!!!). You can click on this link to see the current weather conditions for the capital of Belarus and the time (7 hour time difference). I have already told Ihar I am coming and he says "he will wait for me" I praise God for this opportunity. I believe there is a great harvest in Belarus and to look with "eyes of faith". I am excited to see all God is going to do. May I be a sweet "fragrance" to those I come into contact with.

My Departure Flight Information:
Dec 28 Washington DC to Frankfurt, Germany 5:50 PM-7:30 AM Dec. 29
Dec 29 Frankfurt to Minsk, Belarus 10:10 AM-1:30 PM Dec 29

My Return Flight Information:
Jan 09 Minsk, Belarus to Frankfurt, Germany 2:25-3:50 PM Jan 09
Jan 09 Frankfurt to Washington, DC 5:00 PM - 8:05 PM

Once I arrive in Minsk I will travel to Mogilev (the town where Ihar lives). It will be a long trip by car, plane and train. :-)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Quick Facts

Quick Facts About Belarus:

Capital: Minsk
Location: Eastern Europe, east of Poland
Border Countries: Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania
Coastline: Landlocked
Population: 10,350,194
Climate: The climate is moderately continental and humid with an average temp 18 degrees in January and 64 degrees in July. Belaurs is situated parallel to the Hudson Bay, Canada. Temps may get as cold as -20 for a low.

In a country about the size of Kansas, there are over 600 orphanages and over 50,000 orphans. There are over 143 million orphans worldwide.

"When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not go over it again; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow." Deut 24:21

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Preparations for my trip to Belarus

"When you reap your harvest in your field and have forgotten a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow, in order that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands." Deut 24:19

As most of you know, Rommy & I stepped out in an act of faith last February and made application to host an orphan from Belarus for the summer. This past May we found out we were going to be hosting an 11 year old little boy named Ihar. He arrived in Charlotte June 16, 2008. His first trip to America speaking very little English. My family and I fell in love with him. He loves baseball, chocolate, pizza, coca-cola, hamburgers, and rap or hip/hop music!

Now, I am preparing to go to Belarus Dec. 28 for 2 weeks with the organization which brought Ihar to us. It is a trip to visit Ihar as well as to bring Christmas to several orphanages and shelters which we will be visiting. Christmas in Belarus is January we will celebrate New Years first then Christmas...

I wanted to set up this blog to journal my trip to Belarus and to show you pictures. I am very excited!!! I know barely any Russian...but will have my dictionaries with me! There are 14 going on the trip.

I pray your lives will be touched by this journal. It is God acting in and through me that I am reaching outside my comfort zone to take this trip without Rommy. I believe there is a great harvest in Belarus that God is wanting to reap. Pray I will be bold when God gives me opportunities.