Today will be a very very very long day. It began at 4:30 am at home in Indianapolis and I will not see a bed until Thursday night in Khust, Ukraine. From the very start I have bad plane connections, but this was by far the cheapest fare I could find on Travelocity, but it involved an almost 7 hour layover here at O'Hare Airport in Chicago. However, I've gotten quite a bit of work done. I'm connected to WiFi and have answered quite a few emails and talked home to Bev on Skype. Also, talked on Skype to Johnnie Lambert who is in Estonia and who I'll be rendezvouing (sp?) with in Tartu on January 19th. It's amazing how before a major trip I scurry like crazy and get a lot of things sorted out in many categories. One of the purposes of this trip was to give our print evangelism in Eastern Europe a boost. But, we have a complex process of putting it together with people from Moscow to Barbados playing an important part in the process.
A few days ago I connected with our final copy editor Natasha Weatherhead in Barbados for the final edits on lesson 5 of the Russian Bible Study Course. In the 16 page lesson we found 11 errors, typos etc. She and I talked discussed them. I marked them on our "final" PDF copy and sent them by FAX to our super dedicated layout person Jude Sieker. She made the corrections in less than an hour, made another PDF and sent it to me via email. The amazing thing is that Judy knows no Russian, yet can navigate through the alphabet and make the corrections perfectly. Lesson 5 is put to bed. Another fine lady from New York also Caroline Barker works as a volunteer on the Russian Bible Study Course. She emailed me another version of lesson six of the BSC. So, I've got two more lessons to take to the printers in Ukraine on Friday. 3000 copies of each lesson will be printed.
While in Estonia we will start advertising the BSC on the Christian radio station. The advertisements will be in Estonian, Russian and Ukrainian. I will read ads in Ukrianinan. Today I translated the three one minute ads. We're all set and I'm really excited about prospects.
We've had more systematic evangelizing in the Baltics due to Johnnie Lamberts buldogged persistence. He has bought an apartment in Tartu and will be travelling over four times a year to be with the people and do the mailings with the help of the members. I am going to a greater effort in this area, too.
Well, it's almost time to check in on the flight from Chicago to London. There I take a British Air flight to Budapest. Then I take an almost 4 hour train to Chop, Ukraine where Ivan Yurishko will pick me up at 8 pm Thursday night. On the way to his home we'll stop at the Vasyl and Irina Polichko's home in Vinogradov. I'm really loaded going over with an extra wheelchair, toothbrushes, reading glasses, gifts. Being alone it's a bit hard to keep track of it all and I really miss Bev not being with me.....with two people you do a better job of keeping it all together.
Please pray for a successful trip, that no brutal winter weather roll in and that our goals all be met. I'll try to keep up as I get to places where I can make posts on the Internet
In Chicago for almost seven hours
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Chicago, Illinois, United States