Saturday, April 14, 2012

WORD OF THE DAY - Saturday 14 April 2012 Nikolaev, Ukraine

A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies. (Proverbs 14:5)

Верный свидетель не лжет, а свидетель ложный наговорит много лжи. (Притчи 14:5 Russian)

Свідок правдивий не лже, а свідок брехливий говорить неправду. (Притчи 14:5 Ukrainian)

Dear God, our Gracious Father in Heaven ~ Thank you for the radiance of your abounding love on this new day that is running over with blessings and opportunities to serve our Lord Jesus Christ who rose from the dead and reigns at your side. Give us wisdom so that we will be able to effectively answer the lies that continue to circulate the earth about the body of Christ being stolen by his blessed disciples. We pray with faith in the precious name of Jesus, Amen. 

Since we had to postpone our WEI students who wanted to study with us on Thursday to Friday, we had an extremely busy and rewarding day. By teaching two at the same time, we were able to get a lot more done. Most of our students prefer to study with Galina and myself since they want to understand more clearly the Russian or Ukrainian definitions of certain words. As one who is still a student of Russian after ten years, that is beyond my pay grade. We want to make certain that our students understand the message of the Bible while they improve their English knowledge and skills. Nadya was our first student in the morning and she brought her precious daughter who is almost 3 with her. She has wanted to visit us for several weeks, but it is difficult for Mama to bring her on the route taxi (small bus) with the stroller, et cetera. Galina had a wonderful time with her while Nadya reviewed her lessons with me. We gave Liza a precious doll that was recently sent by a loving person in Ohio. She immediately named the doll Devushka Mishka – Girl Mouse. We originally met Nadya in 2009 on a visit to the university. She has remained a good friend for all that time and has helped as a translator when Galina went to be with her father when he was dying. Nadya’s husband is a Bible teacher at one of the large charismatic evangelical churches here in Nikolaev. Next, we studied with Alexander who finally completed all 21 lessons of the World English Institute Intermediate Course. He now wants t continue studying with us in the Advanced Course. Then we enjoyed another great time with our new friend and WEI student Inna who learned English very well and has lived in Norway while conducting some maritime related business there. Then Anya appeared for her study at the same time as Andrei. We let Galina help Andrei since he requires more help with word meanings and I helped Anya who is in the WEI advanced course. We have been having excellent discussions lately in each meeting and yesterday was no exception. Ira was not able to keep her 3.00 appointment, so we were able to spend a little extra time with those two. Then our last student of the day was our exceptional Olena who is working hard to prepare for her trip to St. Louis soon. She will be part of the Work Travel program and will be working with the Drury Inns. She did this last summer and was able to save some money after paying all her expenses. 

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