Monday, September 15, 2008

Back in St. Petersburg

My poor blog hasn't had much of a chance to live up to its name lately. For the better part of the last 6 months, I've been either located somewhere else or trying to figure out what I'm going to do next. Now I'm back and ready for "normal" life in St. Petersburg to begin again...

This week I will resume visiting orphanages. At one of them I have an open invitation, at the other...well, I wasn't sure. I'm invited by certain people, and others are not so excited to see Americans.

So I was supposed to call this second orphanage today. I even put it on my prayer list this morning, because I knew that if I offered it up to God, I would feel more motivated to follow through. After attending training for my new teaching job, I arrived home and reviewed my to-do list. There was that phone call waiting to be made. I decided to put it off for a little longer. In fact, I wasn't really planning on calling at all. I thought maybe I would just go to the orphanage and try to make negotiations there. Somehow that seemed less stressful than calling.

I turned on my computer and sat down to check my e-mail (okay, procrastinate). Then my cell phone rang. It was the orphanage counselor. "Are you going to be visiting us this year?" "I was just going to call you," I said (well, I was at least thinking about calling!). And we set up a time for me to visit. Now I can check that off my list. Praise the Lord!


  1. That is GREAT! Sometimes the paths are made smooth... I'm so glad you got a smooth path this time.

  2. Liz,

    Remember the orphanage I mentioned about on Ribatskoe? Lida is the director there. Their orphanage is rather sophisticated and has German volunteers coming to help almost every other month, still, I am sure, if you do not mind washing the floors, doing the dishes, helping with kids' activities, Lida will be happy to have you help them.

    You can find more info on here:

    (Just tell her Vitali from the US who worked there some time ago told you about the orphanage).

  3. ahh. proverbs 16:3 I agree

    may God BLESS you at that orphanage (can I guess which one?! :-) I KNOW they are blessed BY you...

  4. I know what you mean about dreaded phone calls. How tender of your Father to take care of THAT "to-do" FOR you!! He loves you SO much... (And knows your frame.)

  5. Андрей, стих только что прочитала (сегодня же 16 сентября), потом увидела комментарий. :)

  6. Thanks Mom, I can tell by your emphasis that it's you. :)

  7. Vitali, thanks for the tip. I do know of that orphanage and of a few people (Germans and Russians) who work there. It sounds like they are pretty well staffed, but I'll keep it in mind if I find I would like to expand work to another orphanage.


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