Sunday, July 13th…after attempting to catch up on much needed sleep, our host families took us to worship at Samara UMC. A steady stream of church members greeted us pre-worship. It is always heartening to be in worship with this community of Christians. You do not need to understand Russian to get a sense of the strong faith of the these people.
In many ways, this is a first generation community of Christians not unlike the early churches in Greece or Rome. Members are very comfortable sharing their faith and love of Christ with each other and their visitors from West Ohio.
The service was full of announcements, blessing of children, faith sharing, a sermon by Carol Harper and beautiful music.