Today was the day for Tom to speak at church. He did a great job.
He talked about how we are:
either heading into a storm
in the middle of a storm
coming out of a storm
A storm could be your business being in trouble, loss of a job, drugs/alcohol, unhealthy relationships, family conflict, abusive relationships and so on.
He spoke about how effective support comes from someone who has been there.
And how hardship can change our behaviour and our hearts if we let it. But if we don't change and grow we will keep getting the same lesson.
Storms can be a result of God working in our lives.
They can be a result of our own decisions.
Jesus identified Himself and then gave comfort.
"It is I, don't be afraid"
The disciples had to be willing to accept His comfort.
Jesus then gave direction. He wants us to be safe.
God is with us. Emmanuel.
He will offer us comfort.
We must choose to accept it.
He will guide us safely on.
Many people were encouraged by the teaching today. Natasha, the translator, only stumbled over two words. The word for manure and the word for lightning rod. Someone from the congregation gave the word for manure. And Tom gave her the word for lighting rod!
Valodya gave Tom a huge hug. Joyce B. and Judy B. from school also came to give support. Vova gave tom a big thumbs up from the back of the church. The church even seemed to get most of Tom's jokes!
Here is a link for the Cossack Choir that we attended last night it was powerful! We took Olya and Vova with us... it was their very first time seeing the choir live!
Kuban Cossack Choir
To translate the text into english go to:
and enter the link for the Choir. Choose to translate the page from Russian to English and it will do a fairly good job!
I spent four hours last night loading my photos from the event so check out my photo blog for the lastest pictures! www.sharpmomphotos.blogspot.com