Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Greetings from beautiful Michigan! As we watch the transformation of the trees as fall colors appear, we are aware of our ongoing need for God’s transformation in our own hearts and lives.

It has been so long since our last update. Except for Roz’s updates on her father’s physical condition after his nearly fatal car wreck, news from the Sullivans has been little. Please forgive our lack of communication. The past 13 months have been a blur, to say the least! Our journey of re-adjusting to life in the US has been full of life’s ups and downs, as is to be expected, according to His perfect plan and for His purpose. We’ve been trusting Him to redeem it all for His glory in spite of our stumbling and failures.

The summer alone was a whirlwind with our ministry responsibilities and other activities. Among them, we had the great joy of hosting two of ' our ' Russian guys, Misha N. and Sasha R., for the summer. Also, Galya K., who was hosted by friends in Ohio, was able to spend several weeks with us at various times throughout the summer. We praise God for how we saw Him at work in the heart of Galya, Misha, and Sasha. The Lord mightily used Galya to minister to Misha by sharing her testimony and walk with the Lord and then Misha re-invested in Sasha’s life. It was wonderful to reminisce as well as make new memories. I had the privilege and joy of baptizing both Misha and Sasha as they individually realized their need to take the next step of obedience in their relationship with the Lord. They both shared their testimonies and publicly proclaimed before a cloud of witnesses to be a follower of Christ through believer’s baptism. Please pray for Galya, Misha, and Sasha as they have returned home to their mission field.

Another quick email that we sent out in July was regarding our surprise trip to NY with the Yankees as our hosts. As we wrote earlier, the purpose of the trip was to reunite Andrei with his childhood friend, John Lahutsky, also formerly a Russian orphan. John was nominated as one of the recipients of the Yankees HOPE week award. He had shared the only thing from his childhood that he thought about still was to be reunited with Andrei. The Yankees coordinated and hosted both John’s and our family (John-David, Misha, and Sasha included!) for a long weekend. It was full of surprises and we were thoroughly blessed by their generosity and warm hospitality. We trust the Lord was glorified as we were given opportunity to share the many miracles of Andrei’s adoption and life. We also had the joy of meeting John’s mom, Paula, and some of their close friends. The entire trip was truly a phenomenal gift from God.

Another highlight of the Sullivan summer was the visit of Arseni S. A week after the other three returned to Moscow, Arseni was able to come visit for a few weeks. It was great to have him with us to see and hear all God has been and is doing in his life. He took the baton from us regarding orphanage ministry when we left Moscow last fall. He continues to reach out the fatherless, being sensitive to the needs of ‘the least of these,’ all the while seeking the will of his heavenly Father. One of the opportunities he had prior to coming to the US was to spend about 3 weeks in ' ___stan ' ministering to fatherless Muslim children. He coordinated the Bible lessons and activities with a team of young people who were willing to use part of their summer break to minister to the needs of others. Arseni graduated from his university in June and is now seeking the Lord’s will for a job when he returns to Moscow later this month. His desire is to be able to work and also have the time to continue in ministry. Thanks for praying for God’s provision for him.

As most of you are aware, my Dad passed away in June and Roz’s father was in a serious automobile collision in July. In the midst of our activities, Pastor's Retreats, and family responsibilities, Roz and her two siblings have rotated their visits in caring for their Dad. Once released from the hospital, Don has continued with physical and occupational therapy 3 times a week. He hasn’t been given clearance to drive so his children have ministered to him and provided continual care during this time. We stand amazed at God’s hand upon him and his relatively quick and miraculous recovery thus far. Roz was recently there and is grateful to report that his brain surgeon was very pleased with his progress and doesn’t need to see him for another 6 months unless something changes. Please continue to pray for his healing. We are so grateful for those of you who have faithfully been praying for his recovery. God has certainly shown Himself ABLE and honored the many prayers lifted up on behalf of Don.

Since we are highlighting the summer, another big event was John-David returning home to live with us. He continues to seek full-time employment while working part-time. We are re-adjusting to being together as a family after about 10 years! We are pleased to have him with us and look forward to what the Lord is going to do in and through him. Please continue to pray for God’s provision for him through full-time employment.

Sarah is still working in Life Action Ministry’s offices, now as the Project Manager & Communications Coordinator for the Communications Group. She also continues to volunteer as a counselor at the Niles Pregnancy Care Center and babysits in her free time!

Andrei enjoyed his summer by working with the lawn care team with the ministry. Now that school has started, he is enjoying the challenges of studying again at a local community college. Since the NY trip, God has opened several doors of opportunity to share all that God has done in his life.

Our involvement with Life Action has been incredible. We have seen the move of God’s hand in so many ways. Our responsibilities at The Lodge have been behind the scenes for the most part. We are doing what He has been training us for over the years. Our Lord has given us a heart for hospitality. In our case, we are privileged to continue serving within a hospitality team whose heart is to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those the Lord brings. I’ve included below just a few of the testimonies of Pastors and their wives, as well as other couples whom God has met, touched, and changed as a result of their visit and time spent with Him at The Lodge. We are grateful He has trusted us to be His vessels to express His love to the couples He continues to bring our way. Along with our ministry to our Russians, God blessed us with full retreats throughout the summer with more ahead through the end of November.

During the past year we have been very encouraged to hear of pockets of revival taking place around the country and even in Canada. As we watch and listen to hundreds of personal and corporate transformations through repentance, recommitment, and surrender, we stand in awe of the move of God. Desperate circumstances call for desperate measures of action. 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Are we as individual followers of Jesus Christ desperate enough to humble ourselves before God and man? Are we willing to repent of our religiosity and our man-made church practices and return to the path God has set before us through His Word? Are we courageous enough to recognize our wicked ways and turn from them? If so, God promises to heal marriages, heal broken relationships within our families and community, and restore us to Himself. There is nothing too difficult for Him!

We are grateful to those of you who continue to faithfully support us in prayer as well as financially. As we are so often reminded through our own frailties, without Him, we are nothing. We then realize when we are weak, He is made strong. We are ever mindful of God’s faithfulness to us through His people. May your heart be encouraged today as your ponder the testimonies of His hand at work.

'We came dry, discouraged, and disillusioned. This week offered us an opportunity to revive, restore and rest. We had "life" spoken into us and truth shared with us. We go back with a new perspective and a renewed passion.'

'God used this retreat to renew our spirits, our focus, and our passion for prayer and for His presence. Our marriage has been renewed spiritually. The friendship we built here will last well beyond this retreat time.'

'We were treated like royalty - meals, snacks, the Villalbas and Sullivans and Oswalds were so warm and welcoming. Over and over they were looking to our every need and comfort. Appreciate their availability and eagerness to know us, encourage us, and befriend us.'

We are thankful for the many opportunities He provides to serve and encourage His faithful messengers. The Apostle Paul urges us in 1 Thessalonians 5:12, concerning Pastors and church leaders, “to recognize those who labor among you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake”... Please pray for us to be discerning to the needs of the visiting Pastors and for us to be enabled to ’highly esteem them’ in a manner that is pleasing to the Lord.

Romans 12:9-13 “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.”

With grateful hearts and much love,

Tom, Roz, and family

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Sunday, April 24, 2011


Greetings dear loved ones,

We trust you are all well and preparing your hearts for the celebration of our Risen Savior!

This week at a Life Action staff meeting, we heard a young man's testimony of when he died on an emergency room table this past December. He and his newlywed wife are somewhere in their 20's. His wife was standing next to him watching in disbelief as the monitor showed his heart rate of above 200 flat line in a matter of seconds. Just like that, he was gone. She cried out for help and a nurse took action and was able to get his heart beating again. The rest of his long battle was just as dramatic and truly miraculous. The story became personal to us, because he is the son of one of the staff members. It became more powerful because he and everyone else, including the doctors, cannot explain his recovery, other than by the hand of God. His parents, siblings, and wife, shared about the amazing peace they experienced throughout the many days of ups and downs. There was a second time, during the ordeal, when the family was called together to say their goodbyes. His wife of only 6 months, and his family, had the peace of God which passes all understanding. They all agreed, in prayer, that if it was God's desire to take him home or leave him, either way, it was okay. They released him and entrusted him into the Lord's care. Not my will, but Thy will be done, Father God. All of the medical expertise, drugs, equipment, etc., were of no value. The doctors had given up on being able to help him when they shared with the family that they knew of one piece of medical equipment at another hospital, 45 minutes away by air, that might be able to help him. Doctors at both hospitals warned his chances of surviving the helicopter flight were slim to none. They risked the possibility of losing him, trusting God would somehow get him to the other hospital and the life-saving medical equipment. He was, however, never to see or experience that equipment. By the time he was in the air, thousands of people around the country were following the story on Facebook, Twitter, email, etc. Thousands in one accord were crying out to God for His perfect will to be done, and also pleading to intervene with another miracle. The reason our co-laborer never saw that high tech piece of equipment is because God performed an in flight miracle. While in route, he stabilized and began to feel better. When his wife and family arrived at the hospital, they found him in bed sitting up and talking. When they asked the nurse where the special equipment was, she said he was doing much better and they didn't believe he would be needing it. Though he was still in ICU, it was obvious to everyone that he had turned the corner and God had stabilized him.

It was by God's love, mercy, and grace, that this man was able to give testimony of all God has done and is still doing in his life. His restored life has already impacted thousands. With every precious breath, this man and his family gave God the glory. His closing statement, without hesitation, was other than not having better insurance, he would do it all over again. His painful and at times fearful journey has touched many lives. First and foremost, his own.

As we prepare to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, take it personally. As the state of this world continues to deteriorate, including our own country, God is waiting for us to individually take His death and resurrection personally. He is waiting for us to be on our knees and faces, crying out to Him for deliverance. We must not let it pass by as just another day, another fancy meal, or a mere celebration.

What will you do with Jesus?
He Who redeemed your soul.
What will you do with Jesus?
He Who can make you whole.

Sovereign of all the ages,
Savior of Calvary.
What will you do with Jesus?
He longs to set you free.

What will you do with Jesus?
Conquering Lord of all.
What will you do with Jesus?
Come while you hear His call.

Follow His steps to Calvary,
Humbly before Him bow.
What will you do with Jesus?
Call on His mercy now.

Call on His mercy now.



Friday, January 28, 2011

It's Cold Outside!

A brisk 24F with a day full of snow...even the van was coooold! Actually, 24F is warmer than it has been so we're really having a heat wave...

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Dad, with his 4 children: Pat, Michael, Tom, and Danny

Dear Loved Ones,
We greet you from snowy Niles, Michigan! The weather reminds us of our many years in Moscow and is absolutely beautiful!

We have been here around 4 months. Time has gone by quickly. As we look back, we can see that God's hand has lead us every step of the way. He continues to use each of you in a special and unique way. It has been through your prayers and financial support that we have been helped in getting settled into this new ministry. We are abundantly blessed to be a part of Life Action Ministries. Every arm, leg, and hand is playing a vital and profitable role in leading our wounded nation back to surrendering all for the sake of Jesus Christ. Testimony after testimony bears witness of what God is doing in the heart of Christians all over this country and Canada, too. It is taking place one yielded heart at a time. As road teams visit churches across our land, individuals in each body are being impacted. As they surrender to the true meaning of Jesus Christ being Lord of their lives, it is causing reconciliation in marriages, families, churches, and communities.

Our involvement in ministering to pastors, their wives, and fellow laborers has been encouraging. We have seen and heard time and time again of God's hand at work in bringing refreshment, healing, and restoration. We are privileged and blessed to be a part of The Lodge staff. It is a unique team of individuals whose hearts are to practice Christ-centered hospitality to bless and minister to church leadership in need.

Recently a new door has been opened to the ministry and us. Over the past few months, God has brought to mind and heart James 1:27. This is significant to us because it was a key Scripture He used in His call for us to go to Russia. 'Pure religion undefiled before God and the Father, is to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction.' Life Action is answering that call by reaching out to orphans through foster care parents, adoptive parents, and adoption agencies. Though we are still feeling our way down this new path, there is no question that it is God Who has opened this door.

In the midst of our busyness with Christmas activities at The Lodge, Sarah and Andrei were big helpers. When Sarah had time, she joined us in preparing meals while Andrei gave a helping hand with set up and dishes. It has been a real team effort. A few months ago, Sarah was asked to serve in the main office as an administrative assistant. Her servant's heart, talents, and diligence have earned a good reputation and much gratitude from the staff. Andrei has also been busy volunteering his services for anyone who has need. He, too, has gained a good reputation among the staff. He successfully complteted his GED and has begun taking some college courses at a local branch of Lake Michigan College. John-David is still in Charlotte working. We were thankful to be able to spend his birthday and Christmas with him. He continues to volunteer at his church where he is being fed and challenged by the teaching of God's Word. It is a joy to see how God is using each of our grown children to minister to the needs of others.

After spending Christmas with Roz's dad in South Carolina, we traveled to Florida to visit with friends as well as join Tom's dad for his 90th birthday celebration. As he says, he's in pretty good shape for the shape he's in! It was a blessing for all of Tom's siblings to gather together as everyone enjoyed the festivities of the weekend.

It was also a blessing to be able to visit with some of you along the way. We were disappointed in not being able to see all who are dear to us! In planning our visits, we were challenged with bouts of illness as well as working around holiday schedules, however, we trust the Lord will allow our paths to cross in His perfect time!

As we consider the new year that is before us, we are looking forward to all that God has planned. The ministry opportunities are many. Our desire is to be in the center of His will, following His plan. Please join us in praying for clear direction and discernment.

We truly believe that God planted us here in Michigan with Life Action. In the process of getting established and basically starting from square one, we are reminded of God's faithful provision. We are also reminded that God's work, done God's way, will never lack God's supply. Thank you for your faithful prayer and financial support. We are ever mindful of and grateful for the sacrificial gifts He gives through you. May He be the Source of encouragement and strength for your hearts today as you faithfully live for Him.

Monday, October 4, 2010

From Michigan...With Love!

We are writing with much praise and thanksgiving in our hearts to the Lord for those of you who have been praying for us in our time of transition from Russia to a land that has almost become a foreign culture to us. Things in this country sure have changed, especially during the past year or so. We, as a nation, seem to be in an unstoppable tailspin, full of confusion and uncertainty. This thing I am sure of though, the One that is unchangeable, the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, is still on the Throne. There is no confusion in Him, our King of kings and Lord of lords. If we, his people, who are called by His name, will humble ourselves, pray, and turn from our wicked ways, He will hear us from heaven, will forgive our sin, and heal our land. (2 Chronicles 7:13-15)

We have made our journey 'north' to Niles, Michigan, and have begun ministering alongside a wonderful and very committed group of servants of the Lord with Life Action Ministries. As we have shared, the focus of our calling here is to minister to, honor, and encourage pastors and their wives...something the Lord, unbeknownst to us at the time, was preparing us for over the past couple of years when He gave us the same burden for our Russian pastors and their wives. ( 1 Timothy 5:17 "The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.")

Last week, we took part in our first retreat at "The Lodge". We are a part of the staff that welcomes the couples, helps them feel comfortable, loved, and well fed, both spiritually and physically. The facilitators for the hosted couples are Ed (Staff Pastor) and his wife, Gail. It was truly an amazing week with a group of 7 precious couples who love and serve the Lord in a pastoral position. They travelled in from several different states. Though they were all strangers prior to their arrival, they had two main things in common. First, all 14 people were servants of the Lord under an intense amount of pressure due to problems in their churches and family. When the enemy is unsuccessful in bringing down the shepherd (the Pastor), he will often change his strategy and go after their children. Needless to say, most of these couples came tired and wounded. Over the course of the week, we stood in awe of how God knit these couples together as like-minded servants with common trials and struggles and became iron sharpening iron. Through their new found friendships, they were encouraged and their spirits renewed to continue shepherding their flocks and loving the Lord with all their hearts, souls, minds, and strength. Secondly, a significant revelation for all of us attending was that we are not alone in this battle. There are others experiencing the same sting of church splits, gossip, and slander against not only the pastors, but also their families. Wednesday night, we could sense the Spirit of God among us in a powerful way. As pastors and their wives broke down and shared their stories and burdens, God ushered in a time of mercy, grace, and comfort. We experienced an intense time of prayer, bearing one another's burdens, and casting all of the cares upon the One Who cares for us. The Lord met each one at their point of need and we were blessed to witness God's faithfulness and the powerful move of His hand upon the heart of each one. On Friday morning, Pastor Ed recommissioned each couple to return to their respective churches afresh and to continue shepherding the flocks God has entrusted to their care. Each of the men were encouraged to keep their focus on Jesus Christ, as well as the power and truth of His Word. It was a glorious week and we were encouraged to be a part of it.

We have since heard from a few that attended that week's retreat. One Pastor and his wife sent us a note of testimony that blessed our heart. "Our Lord's Day was amazing, with 9 people making a profession of faith, and 6 committing to be baptized. The Lord continues to move and affirm that He is at work among us---He is so good and faithful!"

We serve a mighty God and we are humbled to see where He has placed us to reach out to His shepherds, those who hear His voice and are faithful to teach His precious Word. Please join us in praying for His work to be accomplished as Pastors all around the world seek to lead others to genuine salvation through Jesus Christ. Also, please pray for the Lord's hand to be upon their families and that these men of God will be effective ministers of the faith to their wives and children as well. Thank you for praying for us to be sensitive to the needs of those who come to The Lodge and that we would discern how to best minister to them. We desire that God's good and perfect will be accomplished in and through us as we seek to serve Him in this new arena.

As far as family goes, we enjoyed time with Roz's dad in SC and visiting with other family members before heading north. We have not yet seen my Dad nor siblings, but look forward to being reunited with them to celebrate Dad's 90th birthday in January.We had several good visits with John-David and other loved ones in the Charlotte area. Please pray for John-David as he continues his search for full-time work. He has been volunteering with the Production Crew at his church while still working a part-time job. Sarah and Andrei have both been a big help in getting us settled in our new living situation. We are blessed beyond measure with the housing and transportation God has provided for us through loved ones we have known for years. God is so good...all the time. He knows our every need even before we know we have one. Sarah has also been helping us at The Lodge while at the same time thoroughly enjoying being in one place and finally getting unpacked! We are praying about part time job opportunities and online college courses for her. Andrei is still preparing to take his GED to complete his high school studies. Please pray for him as he takes the tests October 18th & 19th. He is excited about his recent opportunity to serve by helping the ministry's lawn maintenance crew.

Please continue to pray for our Russian loved ones. We have had the joy of speaking with several of them via Skype and are grateful to be able to stay in touch. Our hearts are still burdened for them and we are trusting the Lord to care for them according to His promises. We found out only about 3 weeks ago that the ministry there finally received their re-accreditation. This was a tremendous disappointment to us but at the same time, a huge reminder that God makes no mistakes, even in His timing of events. He could have just as easily granted the re-accreditation a year and a half ago when they first started the process as when He allowed it to be granted 3 weeks ago. Our prayer has always been for Him to make it perfectly clear when the door was shut for us. We believe that He kept that door shut until He got us where He wanted us for our next place of ministry. After 11 years in Russia, we are encouraged to know that the work we were involved in there continues and that some of 'our kids' are walking with and serving God faithfully. Please pray they will remain strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Also, please continue to pray for our loved ones there that are pastors and for their wives and families who faithfully serve alongside them as they reach out to the precious Russian people.

May the Lord bless and keep each of you! We are grateful for your continued support, both financially and especially prayerfully, as we minister Stateside. Though the location has drastically changed, our hearts are the same...to be sensitive to His leading and to be found faithful in what He has called us to. May the Lord find us faithful in our endeavors for His glory.

"I will proclaim the name of the LORD. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God Who does no wrong, upright and just is He."
Deuteronomy 32:3-4

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

From...South Carolina...With Love

Dear Loved Ones,

We trust this finds each of you well and resting in the goodness and mercies of the Lord. We apologize for an extended time of silence. Our summer was extremely full in every aspect! The 90 days we had in Moscow flew by. With visiting the orphanage in Bezhetsk, distributing earthly belongings, getting together with loves ones, and packing and moving, our days were long and full, to say the least! We made it back to the States a day later than expected due to a problem with the airplane but we had no complaints about being delayed! Again, God reminded us of His faithfulness in every detail of our lives. We were blessed with an extra day in Moscow with loved ones and were housed for the night at a hotel where we relaxed and waited for the Lord's perfect timing for our departure.

We are writing from Roz's father's house in SC. We arrived in the US on August 31st and drove here to begin our rounds of visitation! We have not been in one place longer than a week but are so grateful for the love and hospitality shown through so many.

Leaving Russia,the children, brothers and sisters in Christ, and dear friends, has not been easy. Instead of departing with thoughts of goodbye, it was rather 'until we meet again'. Only God knows His future plans for us. Eleven years ago God confirmed His calling on our lives to go to Moscow to love the children and those He would place in our path. He called us to teach them both in word and deed, to make disciples of the Lord Jesus. Our commitment to doing that began with surrendering to Him and His leading. With no home, no car, no job, we followed Him to that foreign land. He promised us that He would use us for His kingdom and glory and that He would meet all of our needs through His riches in Christ Jesus our Lord. As we have been faithful to our commitment, He has blessed us richly and abundantly beyond what we could ask or think. Many of you have been on that journey with us. Your support has come in many different forms. We could write a never-ending list of how God has used you to bless, encourage, strengthen, and enable us for His work. Each expression of support has been received as a love offering through you from God. We are so grateful for your obedience to His promptings. Just as God made it clear for us to go to Moscow, He has made it apparent that our labor for Him in Moscow, for now, is finished. We continue to pray for our loved ones there and trust the Lord to water the seeds that were planted and to bring them to fruition in His perfect way and time. He that began a good work in many hearts will be faithful to complete it. Though leaving has been difficult, we trust Him to fulfill His faithful promises found in Isaiah 55:9-13.

At the same time the door has closed for us in Russia, God has opened another window of opportunity for us to serve Him in America. To make a long miraculous story short, we will be joining the outreach ministry of Life Action. Mid-September we will be traveling to Michigan to join the team of God's servants who have been laboring many years to bring revival to our desperately needy nation. The enemy is working overtime roaming about as a lion seeking whom he might devour. At the head of his list is the Church. It is no secret that Christians in this country, Russia, and around the world are under attack like never before. The ministry members of Life Action are committed to following God's leading to encourage church leaders and the body of Christ to personal true heart revival. We believe that God has called us to join them in that mission, specifically reaching out to Pastors and their families to encourage and strengthen them as they are on the battlefront. We are going with our hearts prepared to be open vessels used by Him to love, encourage and bless pastors, their wives, and families. For more information on Life Action, go to www.lifeaction.org. For a glimpse of the pastoral outreach, go to www.lifeaction.org/thelodge

Though none of us know exactly what the future holds, we are resting in and trusting the One Who holds it firmly and promises that He has a good plan for each of His children. (Jeremiah 29:11) We covet your prayers for us during this time of transition.

As we get re-acclimated to life in the States, we find ourselves starting over in a lot of areas. Roz and I are confident that it is God Who is leading us to this new work. His faithfulness in the past causes us to trust Him for the future. He has already provided us with transportation to Michigan and temporary housing once we arrive. We are so grateful!

Like our work with IBLP, Life Action is also a support based ministry. All of our living expenses are taken care of by God through people like you. If He is prompting you now or at any time in the future to be a vessel through whom He can work, please contact us at sullyfam@gmail.com Financial support may be mailed to Life Action Ministries; PO box 31; Buchanan, MI 49107 Checks should be made out to Life Action Ministries with Tom Sullivan written on the memo line. "God's work, done God's way, will never lack God's supply." Great is His faithfulness!

John-David is still in Charlotte, NC, and working part time as he continues his search for full time employment. He has been volunteering and is involved in his church in several different areas. He is weekly being blessed and challenged through his pastor as well as others in his small group. Thank you for praying for him as he seeks the Lord's will for his life.

What about Sarah? Sarah is still with us and will also be going to Michigan. Though apart, she is still in a relationship with Slava as they seek the Lord on what their future holds for them according to His good and perfect will. She is interested in also working with Life Action as well as taking some online college courses to further her education.

Andrei is studying to take the GED to bring his high school education to a close. He, too, is interested in furthering his education as the Lord directs. He will be working alongside us at Life Action, seeking how he might serve the Lord in that arena. Sept. 1st will mark the end of his medical care with Shriner's Hospitals. For 13 years God has used countless doctors and staff to encourage, help, and challenge Andrei to get to the place physically where many said he would never be. Praise the Lord!

Please continue to pray for the precious children and people of Russia. Though the Lord has physically removed us from there for this time, our hearts are burdened to continue to pray for them and encourage them in their walk with Him. May He draw the distant ones close and encourage and strengthen those who are faithfully seeking and serving Him. We are grateful that the work we were involved in continues in our absence. We hope to post some more pictures soon of our special times with loved ones.

In the meantime, we covet your prayers and support as we make the transition from one mission field to another. The Lord is great and greatly to be praised. He does ALL things WELL and His way is perfect! May the Lord bless you and keep you, make His face to shine upon you, and give you peace.