March
25
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2008-03-25

Finally got a few minutes. Things are going great so far. Can’t wait to get back and share what God has been doing here in Northern Moscow with everyone. Myself and the rest of the team can really feel your prayers, so keep them coming! I don’t have time to write a full post now, so I’m stealing the email Jeremy just sent back to Crestview folks. Actually, I don’t even have time to read it – so I hope he didn’t say anything embarrassing about me!

Hello Everyone! We finally have email access for about an hour! Everyone is doing great and things are going smoothly so far! I will have to say from my perspective this is one of the best trips if not the best we have ever taken from Crestview.

Friday- Thank goodness everything was here when we arrived and we got checked into the hotel fairly smoothly. Just a little problem exchanging money. We made it to Red Square and prayerwalked as we toured with a few from the Golovinski Church. I took them to MooMoo! which is a Russian cafe. We made it to bed early and crashed!

Saturday – We went to Ismailovsky Park and did a little shopping! We enjoyed shishkabobs for lunch. We then had an incredible opening meeting with the Golovinski Church. It was an incredible time in the spirit! Nothing could compare from the past for how the Lord moved in all of us during this time. We will explain more later.

Sunday – We enjoyed worshipping with the Golovinski church. However, it was a little lengthy at almost 3 hours! Dan gave his testimony and I spoke for a few minutes and sang a song! There was a guest pastor from Genady’s home town. He is the man who led Genady to the Lord. I am glad we got to meet and hear from him. On Sunday night, the ladies conference went very well. I think they had a hard time getting started on time, but that goes with the territory. Diane did a GREAT job i am told. Olga and I went to deliver a gift to Constantine, who is Brad and Lori’s elderly neighbor. He is pretty much confined to his home and lays down most of the day. He was very appreciative of the gift and wants Brad and Lori to come back soon. The guys met and brainstormed about men’s ministries at Mark’s apartment with 3 of the Golovinski men. We had a lot of good conversation and they were very interested in Dan’s testimony about his Emmaus experience and his accountability group.

Monday – We prayerwalked the Golovinski region, which is our partner region and gave out some Bibles. The Babushka party went excellent! There were 31 ladies there. We were a little rushed and late beginning but everything turned out fine.

Tuesday – We have prayerwalked the Levoboreshni region today, which is a neighboring region to Golovinski, It is also the region where the church meets. Everyone did a GREAT job again today. Wendy and Joy got to deliver a Bible to an elderly lady with Mark and I think they had an interesting time there. Tonight we will be having a prayer service with the Golovinski church.

Interpreters are awesome! Olga did a GREAT job getting us 3 interpreters that basically stay with us at all times! It makes things so much easier! Please pray for them. They are all Christians, but i am sure they are mentally and physically exhausted. Their names are Tanya, Natasha, and Lena

Mark is a great leader. He has been great at helping us get things done.

Please continue to pray for everything. Everyone is doing awesome and we are having a life-changing experience. We are praying for you on this end as well.

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March
19
Filed Under (church, CITRT, Life, Missions) by Justin on 2008-03-19

We’re minutes away from going to bed. We’ll be waking up around 3:30AM on Thursday morning to head to church to meet up with our mission team and leave for the airport. Yes, that time will probably already have passed by the time you read this. This will be our third trip to Moscow, the previous two in March of 2005 and October of 2006. Those if you quick with math will see that Crestview is averaging sending a team about every 18-months to assist with the church plant in the Golovinski region of Northern Moscow.

We’re super excited about the work God is doing there. If you go back and read this Four Things post from two years ago, you’ll see that one of the things I wanted to do before I die was “Attend church in the Golovinski region of Moscow, Russia.” That may sound rather simple, but two years ago, there was no Protestant, Christ-following church in the region. In October of 2006, I did it. Interestingly enough, I think I’m more excited to go back this time and take part in a much more mature body of believers.

Now the sort of sad part – I’ll likely be 100% off the grid for the next eleven days. No phone, no email, no #citrt, no internet of any kind. If you need to get in touch, I highly suggest you do it before 4:00 PM EST which is the time I’m scheduled to board the flight to Moscow @ JFK in New York. Otherwise, pray for a divine message to be delivered to me.

We’ll be back home on Monday night, March 31st and I’ll have a quick one-day turnaround before heading to Oklahoma City for Spring Church IT RoundTable. These next two-and-a-half weeks are going to be one tremendous experience and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me, Bonnie, and the rest of our mission team. I hope you will all be praying for God to move in a mighty way in Moscow.

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January
27
Filed Under (Life, Peeps) by Justin on 2006-01-27

I normally don’t do memes, and I really have no reason to be doing this one. No one has actually tagged me, but I felt like participating anyway after seeing it come in on several of my feeds.

Four jobs that I’ve had

  • Newspaper Inserter
  • Inside Sales @ Sherwin-Williams
  • Internet Freelancer
  • I.T. Coordinator

Four movies I can watch over and over

  • Independence Day
  • The Matrix
  • Fight Club
  • Men in Black

Four places I have lived

  • Polk County, NC
  • Boiling Springs, NC
  • Shelby, NC
  • Brevard, NC

So I had to had Brevard there on the end to get four. I spent every summer there for about seven or eight years when I was a kid. Good times.

Four TV shows I like to watch

  • 24
  • Lost
  • Desperate Housewives
  • CSI: Any variety

I’d be embarassed to list all the shows that my Tivo records every week and how many of those I actually watch. Those would probably be the four I would miss the most though if my TV were to disappear.

Four foods that I like

  • Steak
  • Barbecue (Western NC style)
  • Pizza
  • Coffee

OK, so coffee isn’t technically a food, but I’d have a hard time making it more than a couple days without it.

Four websites I visit daily

Four things I want to do before I die

  • Become a dad
  • Design/build/payoff a house
  • Give something back to the OSS community
  • Attend church in the Golovinski region of Moscow, Russia

Four people I’m tagging

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March
26
Filed Under (Life) by Brandon Jaynes on 2005-03-26

Justin sent me an email requesting that I post this entry. -Helix

Hello everyone. Just a quick note from myself and Bonnie to let you know how things are going. The trip over was a breeze and believe it or not, I think I’m actually looking forward to the flight back. The food on the flight was decent too.

We’ve already begun our work and visted the region in which we will be working later this week. Earlier this morning, we split up into three groups and traveled to the Golovinski area and spent some time praying there. I hope that you will all do the same, and not only pray for us and the rest of our team, but for the mailboxes which will be receiving these invitations.

It was snowing when we arrived in Moscow on Friday morning and snowed mostly all day, but it’s been great weather today. As I write this, it’s 7:15 pm here in Moscow (which translates to 11:15 am EST) The food has been good so far, Sbarro yesterday and a place called Rostix today, which is a chicken place (actually was better than KFC if you ask me).

I doubt I’ll have a chance until next Sunday to have access to email again (Thanks Brandon for posting this) so until then, keep praying for us, our work, and safe travel back home on April 4th.

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March
10
Filed Under (Life, Stuff) by Justin on 2005-03-10

Exactly two weeks from this moment, Bonnie and myself will be in the middle of a layover somewhere in J.F.K. airport awaiting our flight to Sheremetyevo in Moscow, Russia. I’m starting to get a little apprehensive about the flight and even more so about the culture shock that I’m in for. Don’t get me wrong, I’m really excited about our mission trip, just a little worried about how I’ll handle it. Lot’s of people have asked over the past several weeks and months for information about our trip, and I’ve been very good at procrastinating on this entry, but I’ll summarize our trip for you now.

This got much longer than I planned, so read on for the details…
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