YELETS and YEFREMOV
Three sisters from Yefremov were planning to come to Yelets Bible weekend. Sister Valya A. and sister Zhenya P. messaged later that they changed their mind. Brother Oleg couldn't come because of his work. So we went to Yelets Friday morning, the 7th of January, sister Nina met us, her husband brother Vladimir and interested friend Pavel joined us, we had hot soup for lunch at the cafe. Nina tried to contact other brothers and sisters in Yelets, but they couldn't come. All trees were covered with hoarfrost, astonishing fairy tale view. We took lots of photos on our walks. Later sister Nina invited us to Esperanto club that evening, it was club's birthday I think. We played games there and told about ourselves. I have met Christadelphians through Esperanto club. Bro David Pearce had visited Yelets for a few years, and now it was our turn to witness about our faith. We met lots of lovely people in the club and exchanged small presents.
On Saturday we were joined by sister Valya K from Yefremov, did daily bible readings, had a Bible study about how God grows spiritual fruit in us, talked about lots of bible related questions, had lunch together, were joined by my friend Galya and Stephen's friend Pavel, who both are interested in the bible. We had another bible study: God sees us differently to how people see us, that characteristics which are often important in people's eyes, are not important in God's eyes. Then dinner together and Bible games finished the day.
We broke bread on Sunday with Nina, Vladimir and Valya after an exhortation about Passover (participating in passover/breaking of bread means light and life, while not participating in breaking of bread means darkness and death). It was time to check out of Yelets hotel, and sister Valya went back to Yefremov, while we spent time with our friends and my English teacher from Yelets Uni.
It was a blessing we were offered 2 seats in the bus to Yefremov, because we had Polina. Otherwise we'd have to stand for an hour and a half in a bus stuffed with people. I am used to it as I often had to do it when I studied in Yelets. I felt for Stephen though.
The next day in Yefremov we arranged a meeting with brother Oleg and sisters Alevtina and again Valya K. It took place late Monday at Oleg's place, we listened to Stephen's exhortation about Passover, did 2 daily readings, sang a couple of songs with Valya K. and listened to a few songs Oleg turned for us on video. After a cup of tea we ventured to my dad's place.
On Tuesday we packed suitcases and saw my mum's relatives. It's a great feeling to answer their questions about our beliefs. In Yefremov area I stuck a dozen of adds for free correspondence bible course, next day I noticed some interest in the course, some addresses were torn off. Today I have received 2 dozen emails with answers for online correspondence course, hopefully some are from Yefremov. May God help us all to represent Him well.
Edited by Rebel, 30 January 2011 - 12:42 AM.