It’s been a while since I used our nice camera, busted it out for some photos this afternoon. This week we will find out if I receive my invitation letter for Rostov, Russia. I’m finishing off preparations for teaching 1st Corinthians and really hoping our visas will process in time. The Russian consulate has confirmed they will expedite them and assuming all our documents are in order, things should complete in time for the April 14th class.
I was encouraged the other day by the Apostle Paul’s words to the Corinthian church. He says at the close of the letter, “But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.”
It’s interesting that Paul saw a great opportunity for the Kingdom that was WITH opposition. For many of us western Christians, we’d see the presence of opposition or personal danger as a ‘sign’ of a closed door! Not Paul. The opposition was not a sign to hop on a boat and get out of there, but to dig in because God was at work.
I don’t consider a trip to Russia right now as a dangerous trip, although my Canadian family would most likely differ! It is however an opportunity for ministry that we’ve prayed about for quite a while, for me it’s a great open door to share and encourage future Kingdom leaders in Russia. If the Lord wills, we will go and appreciate your prayers that the time would indeed be fruitful.