Author: Kate is a seventh grader and on her second trip to Russia, this time traveling with her dad and older sister. She loves her mom very much and knows that she is traveling with us in spirit.
Today we are touring Moscow. The churches here are so beautiful. But being in Russia has taught me that being beautiful comes from the inside. I know how corny that sounds, but it is true. Although the outside of the churches are amazing, the insides can be even more amazing. Church means so much to the people here, and it is so cool to be able to see these Russians praising the Lord.
It isn’t even the churches that I see God the most in. Last year, as we waited on the bus for our parents to pick up some snacks for the train, we saw something I would have never expected to see in Moscow. There was a man feeding and clothing the homeless. He had a blue mini van, and in the back were clothes, food, and water. Homeless had crowded around him and he gave every item in his van away. The man that was helping the homeless was quite skinny and his clothes were pretty tattered, yet he was still giving away all that he had. From our bus you could see the smiles on the peoples’ faces as they received a meal. Then the homeless and the man stood in a circle, held hands, and prayed. It was one of the most mind-blowing and beautiful sights I have ever seen.
This year I was wondering if we would see the same man again. Would he still be on the street corner? Or was God helping those who need help in some other way? All I know is that we are not the only ones trying to make a change in Russia. God is doing miraculous things for this corner of the world, and I feel so blessed to be able to be a part of it.