Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Planting Seeds

On Sunday Tom and I were among the privileged few invited to the beginning of a recovery church here in Krasnodar... a planting of seeds.

Alexei had been thinking and planning for a long time. He decided it was time for him to start this meeting… a Christian recovery meeting. He didn’t call it that. He called it a meeting for believers looking for healing. Healing from addiction, bad habits and sin.

Tom was the one who was actually invited by Alexei. I was asked by Tom to come and translate for him. Tom, Alexei, me and 10 men from a local recovery program were in attendance.

The meeting will be held weekly.
Alexei will be the main teacher and he asked Tom to help him out as well.
Beginning next week members of AA will be invited to participate.
Alexei chose the format… he gave a 30 minute lesson that he wrote himself which included Biblical truths from Step 1 of the 12 Steps.
We took a break for tea and dessert.
Following the short break each person shared a prayer need and then the men took turns praying around the circle.

We think this was the first meeting of it’s kind here in Krasnodar… if not all of Russia


  1. Alida, this is so exciting! We will eagerly follow your news about this ministry, and pray for you all. God is beginning something new... This is Isaiah 61 stuff; I love it! -blythe

  2. Sounds great! It's great to read how God is using you in Russia.

  3. Wow! That is awesome how God is using you to literally make history in Russia. That's what you're doing! I love how God empowers His people to do great exploits. You're paving a road for others to follow. God bless you.

  4. We are so excited about this phase of our work and are grateful to be a part of what God is doing here!!