A number of years ago their church acquired the building where the traditional Evangelical Christian Baptist Church held its services during the Soviet years. When I walked in Sunday morning I was overcome with a flood of memories, since I had first preached here in August of 1992 during a short-term mission. Two years later, when our family settled in the village of Nikolaevka, I preached here on most Sunday mornings. However that was another time, another age, and another church.
Bob & Judy's church actually knows Coleen better than me. Here I am better known as "Coleen's husband". Several of the ladies, on seeing me, immediately asked, "Did Coleen come?" She has led several seminars in art journaling or as she sometimes calls it, "faith-booking" for the ladies of Simferopol Baptist Church, both young and old.
Before the main service Pastor Bob led a Sunday school lesson on the subject of crowns. Very encouraging lesson, and challenging, too! Afterward in worship Pastor Bob had invited me to preach, and since the day before was January 19th, the Holiday of Jesus' Baptism, I chose that for my subject, one of my favorite episodes from the life of our Lord Jesus. Worship was uplifting and joyful. Marina, Lena, and Nelya sang "Nearer my God to Thee" in beautiful 3-part harmony. Here is their performance on YouTube http://youtu.be/kEN5vP0j4_I