Well, we are back in the states for a few weeks to renew our visas. Due to the type of visa we must get to do mission work, we can only get 3 month visas right now. It is not easy to travel this much, but the blessing is the opportunity to see family. How thankful I am for the wonderful family God has given my husband and me!
Our flight here went well. We were supposed to arrive here on Thursday night, but our flight was cancelled due to a strike in Germany. We were able to reschedule for the next day with no trouble. Praise the Lord for that! :) After 13 hours in the air and about 24 hours of travel time, we enjoyed a good nights rest. It was interesting how many people we met during our travels this time. Between cancelled flights and long lines, we met some very nice people. Some were on a business trip, others visiting family, while others were also involved in some type of mission work. While visiting a country that is not your own, there is a unique bond between complete strangers that share the same citizenship.
We are excited and praying about the possibility of improvement in the area of visas in the next year. We recently got a new American Ambassador in Russia who wants to make a treaty between Russia and America that will allow longer visas both ways. It will improve things for both Russians and Americans. This would be wonderful and we are praying for the Lord's will in this.