Our journey from Finland was uneventful in a good way. After a 2 ½ hour train ride, our entrance into Russia through border control went very smoothly. The KOI ground team met us with 2 vans and took us to camp after a visit to the Supermarket. Our accommodation is pretty compact (same old house as previous years, but it has now been divided up in several units).
We received a warm welcome from both staff and children at the camp.
We will be officially welcomed tomorrow morning, after which we need to prepare our talk/activity/craft room. We have our first 2 groups in the afternoon. Please pray for a good night’s rest, strength and wisdom for the preparations groups tomorrow, and lots of love to spread around in camp.
News from Natasha Purins and the Russian Mission Team
June 27 1:47 AM
Hello to all from Helsinki!
We had a great day exploring the city today, feeling a lot better after a good night’s sleep. After a very filling breakfast at our hotel’s buffet spread, we met up with Peter and were lucky enough to make a Skype appointment with Katrina, whom the team has known from previous years. Katrina runs a house which provides accommodation, love and spiritual guidance for victims of human trafficking. Katrina shared her wisdom with the team about the daily spiritual warfare experienced and of our position in this world as disciples and messengers for Christ, in all corners of the globe. We were very blessed to hear from Katrina, who assisted us with brainstorming prevention material for human trafficking to educate the kids when we reach camp. Prevention remains the best defence against trafficking.
From there we attended an organ performance at the Church in the Rock (which is exactly what it sounds like). Next we did a little more sight-seeing and explored the markets by the harbour, picking up a few trinkets for home. We also enjoyed reindeer burgers for an early dinner! In the evening we spent some time in praise and worship before debriefing about our expectations, hopes and fears leading up to camp. There are a variety of different skills between the team members, however the driving force and the real inspiration comes from Christ! We are all looking forwards to sharing God’s love with the children, and we leave Helsinki for Russia tomorrow by train.
Please pray for continual guidance from the Lord and safety during travel tomorrow. Peter’s luggage is still in transit, so please continue to pray for this.