Author: Julia B. is a junior in high school and making her second trip to Slobodskoy. She is traveling with her parents; this is the second trip for her father and her mother is making her first visit to Russia.
I am writing this post on the top of a bunk of a train compartment on the way to Kirov. My parents and I sit in the cozy space and talk about our anticipations for the week awaiting us, while surrounded by bags stuffed with gifts and letters for the orphans or Slobodskoy, their caregivers and teachers and our translators. By looking at all of the preparations made by the Mission 1:27 team, it is clear that these Russians have become part of our family. The number of hours the group has spent around this trip, whether it be writing letters or buying hundreds of fruit roll ups, are countless although completely worth it!
This has been our second day of traveling after a 12.5-hour plane ride to Moscow. We toured the famous Red Square and the Kremlin. The churches inside the Kremlin were breathtaking. The sanctuary was covered from top to bottom with paintings from stories in the Bible; each square inch meticulously detailed and adorned in gold flecks. For the worshipers in the 1400s in Russia, this place was a way of praising God. While studying all the hard work put into the hand crafted sanctuary, it reminded me of Mission 1:27 and our reason for coming to Russia. All of us – travelers, sponsors and followers of the blog – have a calling to praise God through the orphans in Slobodskoy. While it may be hard work, the impacts that we leave on each other are true works of art.
As I am finishing this post, our train is pulling into Kirov. I can’t wait to continue this masterpiece.
5 thoughts on “A Work of Art – by Julia B.”
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. How profound are your words. It is true that our service to God is like a work of art. I am so thankful that He is able to work in our lives. We are still praying for you all – that your light from Him may shine brightly in the lives of the orphans!
I am excited for all of you, most especially your mother. Safe travels.
Lovely thoughts, and amazingly coherent for someone who has been traveling as long as you have! I know you’re there in Slobodskoy by the time I wrote this. You must be so excited and ready to see your mom experience the same wonderful connections that your dad and you have made.
Thinking of you all,
Well said, Julia. Well said. Please give my best to your mom — I’m so glad she could go this time!
I have to admit, that work of art made me tear up a little. So proud of you! I hope the rest of your trip is as glorious and fulfilling as the beginning of it. Tell me about it when you get back! Love you!
P.S. Oh hey! Looks like I’m not the only ‘Christy’ to comment on this…