Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Resurrection Sunday 2011

I'm so thankful that we serve a risen Saviour!  I can only image what it would have been like to be there that Sunday morning.  To hear the angel say, "He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.  Come, see the place where the Lord lay."  Then to have seen the empty tomb.  Wow!  God has given Christians the responsibility to share this good news with every creature in the world.  
This year we wanted to make our Resurrection Service special for our people.  It has been about 7 months since we have been holding weekly services in Johvi.  We have 5 people that attend reguarly and another lady that just started coming 3 weeks ago.  With such a small group we were having a hard time thinking of things to add to our service to make the day extra special.  After kicking around several ideas, we ended up planning to join services with a fellow missionary in Tallinn.  It worked out great and I think our people enjoyed did the people in Tallinn.  Actually, we joined three mission works together for the day- our ministry to Russians in Johvi, another ministry to Russians in Tallinn (The Smith Family), and a new work that has started in Tallinn reaching the Estonians (The Willoughby Family).  The Lord blessed with 40 people in attendance.      

I made apple muffins and banana muffins for our people to eat on our 2 hour trip to Tallinn.

Sarah was a big help in the kitchen as we prepared food to take with us.

preparing a Greek salad

this is what I looked like most of the day

people fellowshiping before the service started

people arriving at church

we even had our own small orchastra

the preachers pausing for prayer before the service began

singing "He Lives, He Lives"

Ron preaching

What a joy it was to get to teach to this good looking group of kids.

this picture is here just because they are so cute!

a delicious meal was served after church

dessert table

our group from Johvi - we had 5 people in the service


  1. Love your new blog picture :) Praise the Lord for your good group! Glad you had a wonderful Easter, and tell Sarah the food looked delicious!

  2. Your blog is looking so great! I'm glad you've continued experimenting... and I saw you even figured out how to change the fonts. Great job, my friend!

    [My blog will remain as is for quite awhile... With a newborn in the house, I'm just thankful I can even WRITE on mine from time to time! :)]

    Glad your Easter services were so special. The picture that caught my eye was the dessert table. Looked so yummy...

    Praise the Lord for our risen Savior!

  3. Great article! I was so impressed to hear about and see pictures of how this special day came together! We occasionally do these types of combined services too, and it always greatly encourages both the missionaries and the nationals.

    All of your kids look great. Can't believe how much they have grown! I loved the picture of Ron preaching. Looks like such a good, full crowd. When he preached in Russian, where the Estonians from the Willoughby's church able to understand? Or was there preaching in both languages?

    One final comment...actually a message I need to pass along. Frosty the Snowman called me the other day. He said he's been having nightmares ever since he saw the picture of Sarah and the carrot!


An encouraging word is always welcome and much appreciated!


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