People are always asking me why we went to Russia and why are we now in Finland. It’s because God called us here. Go and make disciples, He said. After many years here, I sometimes would wonder if we are making a difference. Over the last 20 years, I know I have grown a lot in the Lord, but have I helped others to know the Lord and have I helped them to grow. That is my job as I understand it. This past year, God has shown us some of the fruit of our labors.
I think I have already shared some of it with you. But it still amazes me every time I go over to Russia. We see so many of the young people that we worked with over the years, teaching them, making them disciples, to see them now doing the things that the Bible says. It is so wonderful; we are so blessed.
We were in Svetogorsk, Russia this summer where they had a camp for the children. We went to help. We didn’t do much, but they said it encouraged them just by the fact we were there. We have done camps in Russia in the past and trained young people how to do camps and now they are doing them without us. That is good and bad. It is good that they are doing them. Bad because we loved doing it so much and now they don’t need us.
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Fricks arriving at the Airport
Natasha and Vadim getting married in the church in Vcevolosjck, Russia
I think that is why God has sent us here to Finland. You see, 20 years ago, many people in Russia were blind to the gospel of Christ. They were blinded by satan and his army. God sent us there to raise up another army. His army. And now, God’s army is shining this light on the lost in this part of Russia where we worked for so long. But now we are in Finland and God has given us new people to work with.
As you know, we started a new church here. We have bought a building for the church. We are growing. Just this week, we had a mother and her 19 year old son call us. They saw us on the internet. They wanted to come to church. We also had another young man, in his early 20’s, who saw us on the internet and he too is coming. We had another family, a mother and three children, that one of our members invited. They are all growing in the Lord and the Word is going out and as you know, when God’s Word goes out, it never comes back void.
This may not sound like many people coming to the Lord, but just think, Jesus only had 12 men and they went out and turned the world upside down.
We are having growth, but we have also struggled because of our finances. Our income has decreased because of the economy. People are just not giving as much. Sometimes, I think maybe it’s time to retire and go home. But then God sends another person who is blind and needs the light. And if we leave, who will give them that light? I know God is still telling us to keep teaching them, just like the ones we had taught in Russia. The people here will begin to grow and carry that light to Finland.
We have received permission to have the rehab center in the church. So we will be starting that work soon.
Next month, we will have the dedication service for the church. Many people are coming from Russia and Finland to attend the dedication.
My sister and her husband, Jennifer and Greg Frick, arrived here last week. They will live here and help us with this work. What a blessing that is! Please pray for them.
Please pray for us and the church here as we try to reach all the lost and hurting people in our part of the world.
Please pray for our finances so we are able to do the things we need to do here to reach the lost.
Please pray for the $10,000 we need to finish paying for the building we bought.
As Thanksgiving is around the corner, it reminds us that there is so much we are thankful for:
Thankful for the wonderful experience of attending the wedding of Natasha and Vadim in June. We have worked with Natasha for years in Russia. She is such a sweet person and we are so happy for her and Vadim.
We are so thankful that Travis’ sister and husband, Jennifer and Greg, have obeyed God’s call to come and work with us here. They will be a big help to us!
One of the ladies’ Sunday School class from Luke 4:18 Fellowship, Mobile, Alabama had a fund raiser for us to help pay off the loan that we have on the church. We are so thankful for everyone who participated in it: so many people donated and the ladies worked hard collecting donations, setting up and selling everything. There was so much involved in the fund raiser. We still need $10,000 by the end of this year. Please pray that the Lord will provide the rest of the money.
On the first Sunday in October, we celebrated “Zhatva” (Harvest Sunday). It is a time to thank God for all of the crops that He has provided for us. It is also a time of reflection of how there is also another crop that we need to harvest. As Jesus said, the fields are white for harvest. We are preparing workers for that harvest.
We are thankful to God and to all of you for praying for us and supporting us. We could not be here without you!
May God bless you!
Travis and Sue
“whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.”
2 Corinthians 4:4
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