Missionary News

Sarah Sager, Russia

Posted on April 9, 2015

“Greetings from Samara, Russia!  Thank you for your prayers!  I arrived in Russia on Tuesday evening, March 10.  I immediately began working at the linguistic center on Wednesday the 11th.  So, needless to say, it has been very busy already.”

“I apologize for taking this long to get out information.  I did not have internet connection to my phone until after being here for one week.
At the same time I was blocked from using any of my social outlets like yahoo account, Facebook, etc.  Thankfully I was able to reach some folks through Skype, which in and of itself is another story.  I am currently writing this letter to you like a text message on my phone.  I do not currently have Facebook in use but do have a new e-mail account.”

“I have already met some wonderful people!  Irena is one such person.  She is Orthodox and speaks of ‘the God’ often.  We have had some interesting conversations.”

“At this time, I am in the process of setting up Russian language studies with a man named Mario.  I will spare you the details of my getting lost in the city on Saturday but let’s just say, for obvious reasons, it would greatly help to speak the language.”

“So, what is the plan?  The plan is that I need to work on learning the Russian language.  It is wonderful to be here and listen to the language being spoken all around me.  I am picking up more things each day.  The second area is teaching.  I am here in Samara on a teaching/working visa.  Please pray that God will help me remember grammar rules and be able to teach my students effectively.  I am still working on the TEFL certificate also.  I am nearly finished with the grammar section and will focus the next month or two in completing the essay section of the curriculum.  This has been difficult because my phone will not always allow me to view the material.  I have no complaints.  I have a roof over my head and food.  My kitchen faces the sun in the morning, which is wonderful for devotions.  My needs are met.”


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