Yesterday was an emotional day for us. After breakfast at the orphanage we held the closing ceremonies, met with the orphanage director and her staff for a while, received some lovely gifts and began the difficult process of saying good bye to the children. It is a measure of how much trust has been built that there were few tears (from the children) – they know that we will be back. We took a bus to Kirov, had a lovely dinner with our dear interpreter friends, then had another emotional good-bye scene at the train station.
We arrived in Moscow this morning, checked our bags at the hotel and went off to Izmailova mall (a big open air market just behind our hotel) for some shopping and the world’s best shashlik (kebabs). After shopping, we were able to check in to our rooms and take much-needed showers, then off to dinner at the Moo-Moo Cafe, where we met our good friend Natasha, one of the most delightful people I have ever met.
Pastor Steve led a moving closing devotional where we shared communion. Now most of us are packing to get ready to head to the airport in the morning.
Now that the trip is coming to an end, my heart is in two places. I want to be home so badly, but I’m already missing the children and all of our Russian friends so much. After a week of saying da (yes) and spasiba (thank you) it will take some time to readjust.
After saying da to God to come on this trip, we are saying spasiba over and over again to Him for bringing us here, and to all of you for your love and support. See you soon.