The further we get into this summer, the more we realize that this mission not really a mission. We are not the strong lifting up the weak. We are people who have come home. This world is like a house that we are living in until we get to our ultimate home of heaven. Each new place, new country, city, village, is a new room that we didn't know existed. Each person we meet is another member of our family that our hearts have been longing see. When we meet them, our hearts burn within us for love of them. We are not on mission. We are on a search to find more of our family here on earth and the Lord has called us to Magadan to find them.
Each of us has been surprised at how much we are growing to love Magadan and the people here. Coming to Russia started as an act of obedience and has become a deeply rooted love for Magadan. The love we have for the people here has left us speechless. Everyday we ask each other,“How do we love them so much?”We have realized that it is because the Lord is using us as His instruments that we are experiencing His love for them. As He fills us with His love to outpour into the hearts of those we meet, we are seeing them through the loving eyes of our Lord. We love them so much because we are experiencing the love the Lord has for them. It is like we have known each person our entire lives, but this is again a glimpse into the eternal love of God and the fact that He has loved each person we encounter since the beginning of time. We are experiencing the life-giving love of God within us.
As we prepared to leave for this summer, and in our first days here in Magadan, we could not comprehend why the Lord brought us here to Eastern Siberia. Now, seeing that the Lord has been telling us from the beginning, we realize that it is because of people, His people. He wanted us to meet more of our brothers and sisters, to fall in love with them and experience a sliver of the unfathomable Love that He has for them. The Lord has blessed us with the chance to love and be loved by everyone we have met here in Magadan. Our hearts already break at the thought of leaving, but we don't allow ourselves to think about that. We realize the need to be present and to soak up every moment we have here. Please pray that our time and efforts here may be multiplied in our Lord's generous hands. Pray that the Lord's Will may be perfectly accomplished in each of us. You continue to be in our prayers everyday, God Bess.
Love your sisters in Christ,
Katia, Teresa, and Anya