These last pictures are from the remaining places of ministry.
Our city-a-day ministry is done, and now we are a few days in one place , with the key leaders and volunteers in Finland. They are a precious group of committed believers, many whom we met in those various cities, and now some new faces as well.
The shot with Diane and two people is at Jyrkki & Lea Meronen.s coffee shop in Jämsä.
The outdoor picture was taken at 11:20 in the evening in Oulu.
Lakeside in Sievi.
At Irma M. in Laukaa, near Jyväskylä.
The group having coffee in Oulu, at Kirkkonkartano.
Irma M., translating Wayne in Jyväskylä.
It has been a very busy and productive few days since we were last together!
Saturday all the students were gone; only Wayne, Kristina and I were at the school.
We were feted with a lovely lunch in a very old Lithuanian restaurant, eating naturally grown mushrooms in a rye bread bowl, potatoes stuffed with various foods, and potato this, potato that…everything has potatoes.
We traveled to Vilnius, where we stayed at one of the old hotels overnight for our flight out the next day. This hotel was advertized as a 4 star, and we could hardly move in the room. It did have a fantastic breakfast included, though! Whatever culture one was, there was a breakfast for him!
Monday we could have slept all day, we were so tired, but our hosts were collecting us at noon for a 4 hour tour of Vilnius! It proved to be rewarding; hopefully we can share with you some of these pictures.
Our flight to Rovaniemi, Finland was happily uneventful, and we were met by the most hospitable couple, Pekka & Riitta Tolonen, with whom we stayed two nights before leaving for Kello, near Oulu. It makes me smile, because "kello" means "clock" in Finnish.
Smile we did, because we were at a beautiful and old, but refurbished, not updated(except electricity and plumbing, thankfully!) building housing a school, summer kids’ camp and seminary. The host, Jorma, is a former missionary to Mongolia, with plans to return. He and Pekka Siitonen served us so diligently that I had to comment this morning, " This is the first time in my life I’ve had two men serving me!" (Diane, of course)
Pekka’s son loaned us his car for the remainder of our excursion to Helsinki. We have been so blessed by everyone here, yet it was nice to be alone for a couple hours en route to Sievi. The funny thing is, even though we were alone, we’d sometime resort to Finnish, because we’ve begun to think in Finnish again!
Tonight we have our meeting here in Sievi; we’re with a couple who are also super gracious. Tomorrow morning, Friday, we head for Jyvaskyla.
More pictures will come at another time. It’s getting very late here, and our hosts need to sleep.
Of course, while in Rovaniemi, we had to visit the Arctic Circle, only 3+ kilometers away.
Wayne with his first translator in Finland.
We have had a wonderful time of becoming acquainted with Gerd-Walter Buskies, our European Regional Director.
Now, on to Finland Monday, and that may mean no blogging for at least one week, for we’ll be on the road, a different city each day.
It’s always a pleasure to work with Ulle, Baltics Director, and Rita & Arturos, team leaders in Lithuania, along with their helpers.
No longer though, do we greet people in the morning in 6 languages!
Next week, only two!
Last Saturday proved to be anything but a break…Wayne had classes until 3.30 in the afternoon. It was also the day that Kastytis and Lina finished their time at the school, translating and cooking, so we bid farewell to them.
Today, the assistant manager of this spa asked Wayne to be in a photo shoot for new pictures for their website, so some time in the future we will have to show you for what he posed. They wanted him to appear as though he was explaining something, so he shared completely the wordless book with all the models and photographers, and gave them the same invitation as if he were at the Fair, it was beautiful!
Egle, the wonderful young woman who has helped us so much, was asking me, Diane, many questions, so tomorrow I plan to spend a bit of time with her if she is free enough.
It is truly an unexpected adventure, with God!
Yesterday, August 6, we celebrated our 47th anniversary with the CEF family that’s here. Liz made a special cake, they sang a Lithuanian song for us, and gave us handmade cards, with each student doing a part of the card! We also were given a few little gifts…they are amazing!
It is hot here again for a while. I’m perspiring just writing this note!
The students are very attentive and eager to learn. It’s wonderful to see how they try to help each other, especially with four languages floating around.
Today, August 6, Wayne & I celebrate our 47th anniversary! Well, it will be at 1830 our time here. There’s an 8-hour difference from Eastern Daylight Time.
Today, as yesterday, he teaches, I write, and help in the kitchen some.
The classes are more of a challenge to many of the students than previously thought, although this year’s curriculum is more in depth than some of last year’s.
So many of the students still have earlier era thinking, and have difficulty grasping certain concepts. There is much back-tracking to explain the foundation of a true, reverent, yet free relationship with Jesus Christ.Please pray for these dear ones.
I thought you’d like to see faces and names, so here they are!