I had no idea that Moscow was such a beautiful city. The style of the buildings, the kind of lights and snow created incredible atmosphere. It was another world.
I had the privilege to minister in three orphanages in an area three hours away from Moscow. My friend Roksoliana opened the door for me.
The further we drove away from Moscow the further we went back in time. There was one Rocky movie where Rocky fights the Russian. When he was in “Russia” there was a government car following him, it was an old black box shaped car. The area where I ministered reminded me of the movie, the wooden houses and boxed shaped cars. When we arrived at one of the orphanages, there was a black car that looked just like the one in the Rocky movie parked in front of the main entrance, with a driver inside. It was a Government car as a Government official was visiting the orphanage! It felt like I stepped into the Rocky movie ☺
My “passport” into the Government run orphanages was my fashion background. The arrangement was that I would share my story and then we’d play with some make up for the girls and hair product for the boys and then take photos of the kids. In that orphanage my translator said to me, while translating for me, that someone just said I said God too many times. Not long after that the Government lady left!! I was very concerned that I jeopardized the work my friend started there. But when we left the lady who was running my schedule there got a phone call from the Government lady to apologize that she had to leave. Apparently leaving early is what important people do there. It was a relief.
Even though I had to be careful how I share, the Lord moved powerfully in the meetings. Kids and even teachers were crying as Jesus was touching hearts.
We got some gorgeous shots of the kids. Two sisters were in the orphanage as their father cut their mother to pieces with an axe, in front of them!!
The last orphanage was for deaf and dumb kids. I almost didn’t leave make up and hair product for that group but Praise the Lord I did. They LOVED it. When we arrived they had a performance for us. Incredible how these kids “feel” the music and even did choreographed traditional dance. It was the first time I had a spoken language translator and a sign language translator.
They live in a world that is far from the world that we know in the West. So beautiful to see their lives being transformed by the Love of God. As they follow Jesus He will lead them into fruitful, fulfilled lives. Since my trip my friend recently got permission to share more freely as she is now officially send by the Russian Church. God works in incredibly ways…
I shared in two Churches in Moscow. The first church I had my notes on my cell phone. As I was about to go on the stage, I accidently clicked on delete and I lost my notes!! I didn’t know at the time but when they introduced me they said that I’m not going to “preach” as I’m a woman but I will share my story. So without notes, my preaching came across as sharing my story ☺ After this morning service we prayed for people until 4pm. When we ended my translator said to me that she cannot pray for one more person. She was completely exhausted. God’s grace is sufficient for what we need to do. The peoples’ hunger was incredible. Some waited for 5 hours to receive prayer.
The second church was a smaller church but very hungry. The Lord’s Presence was so precious in that meeting. Our driver called us to leave before people left to be in time for my flight… My translator came from the Ukraine and we dropped her at the train station on the way to the airport. She’s so precious. It is a gift when you know you and your translator are on the same page. You can feel a heart connection.
Moscow, I will be back.
Thank you for sowing into this trip. Many hearts were deeply impacted