Monday, October 03, 2005

Weekends were made for:

Spending time making new friends...

We went over to the house of some people who were very popular in Krasnodar. And once we spent just a short time with them we understood why! We had lunch at the home of Grace and Keith. They have a son at Wheaton College and two teenage daughters at home with them. They are very personable,have a great sense of fun and it is easy to laugh with them.

Grace and Keith are linguists. They helped translate the Old Testament in the Phillipines. They had intended to work in Indonesia but they never got the needed documents to go. They ended up in Russia. And what a suprise. Keith learned Russian at age 12. His father said it was either that or piano... he chose Russian.

Keith gave us a copy of his book The Rats of Hamelin. He cowrote it with his son Adam. If you love good fiction please rush out and buy this book! I loved it. I finished it in one sitting. I had to get to the end and find out..... well, get the book!

His next book will be written with his oldest daughter Arwen. She is 17. She had Nathan have a lot in common; both love fiction & analyzing characters and when they got to talking about story ideas for so long Eden (14 ) and Spencer (15) slipped away.

Arwen and I talked about having unusal names... she told me she hated being called Edwin or Erwin or anything else someone could think up! I have gotten Anita, Alidia, Lydia, Arleta and so on! But here in Russia and in California people got it right.

If you are a Lord of The Rings fan you should get her name right!

Anyhow, I am going out on Thursday with Grace to a women's meeting. It should be fun to meet other women in the city of similar interests doing various types of social projects around the city of Odessa. The networking should be mutually beneficial. Tom and I are eager to get to work when language school is over!

Tom has been invited to a Workshop by Lee Hotchkiss. It will be this weekend.

Barnabas International
Lee Hotchkiss, executive director
P.O. Box 11211 Rockford, IL 61126
Phone: Fax: E-mail: Web:
(815) 395-1335(815) 395-1385

A pastoral care ministry of encouragement, enrichment and edification to national church leaders living overseas. Offers workshops, retreats, conferences, individual and team counseling, consultations and pastoral residencies ministries.

Perhaps, there divine intervention is in our visa renewal being delayed.

We are here at an opportune time!
Note to All Lord of the Rings Fans and friends of Arwen... I corrected the spelling of Arwen's name!


  1. Anonymous5:20 AM

    Hey Mama, it's Nathan. I just wanted to let you know that Arwen's name has an 'e' in it, not an 'i'. So you illustrated your point that "if you're a Lord of The Rings fan, you'll get her name right" quite well. ^_^

  2. Thank you Mr. Lord of the Rings.
    I will fix it right away!