"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Matthew 28 v 18 - 20
Well, I’m off to Russia tomorrow for three weeks and I’m afraid my blog is going to have to take a back seat for that time. If you do end up missing the regular updates please feel free to read some of my older articles you perhaps didn’t read first time round. I especially recommend my series on Calvinism found under the ‘Holiday Series’ tab. It’s always good to study the basics of the Christian faith!
And as I personal request I’d love it if you could pray for me as I go to Russia. I’m part of a mission team run by Edinburgh CU’s very own Matt Tyndale and there are eight of us going to help out on a Russian camp. We’ll be teaching English, being Scottish and generally just trying to help out wherever possible and make friends. Obviously language/cultural barriers could be an issue. Although my grasp of the Russian language has progressed from being able to say ‘yes’ to being able to say ‘no’ as well!
I'm feeling nervous/excited/nervous about it all. It's my first time abroad for ten years! And the camp facilities are interesting to say the least. On the other hand: it's Russia! A country which has the saying: "to think is enough". You can see why I like it.
So pray that as a team we’ll support one another, pray that God uses us to the best of our capabilities and for his glory and pray that the camp runs smoothly and that God might work in great power and authority. And pray that I would remember the above promise that surely Jesus will be with me always until the very end of the age.
Once I get back from Russia I plan to spend August writing about Christian Economics so watch this space for that. I admit I’ve not been that disciplined as I should in updating this blog at least twice a week. There’s no excuse for it, I had plenty of time but hopefully I’ll come back from Russia with renewed resolve to bush back those boundaries of ignorance.
As they say in Russia:
Ya vas liubliu!