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Our work - page 3
 
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We are in Vilyuysk at the invitation of the Vilyuysk Pedagogical College. This school has been the official teacher's college for the entire Sakha Republic since its founding in 1922. We are very impressed with the director, faculty, and staff of this institution. The students here are a joy to teach, and have a genuine desire to pursue the teaching vocation and return to their towns and villages throughout the million-square mile republic. 
 
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 Diane is teaching a computer English course in our home. Our home is both an off-campus classroom of the pedagogical college and a new branch of the Sakha Ministry of Education's: INTENSUS LINGUISTICS CENTER. We have a bank of new Pentium computers, and children from several nearby regions come for intensive computer and English course.The method of "touch" or "blind" typing is virtually unknown here. At the office, or just typing one of my last-minute seminary dissertations, Diane's normal typing speed is 93-100 words per minute. I used to enjoy watching her type. Now I enjoy watching the stunned Russian teenagers and faculty watching her type!
 
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Siberians are suffering greatly from financial and leadership crises here. It is especially difficult for widows, the infirm, and working families with young children, going without food from prolonged withholding of wages and a collapse of social services. With a small group of dedicated loving Russian friends, we identify the destitute, buy staple foods at the markets, and give directly to those in need as we have funds. A small, loving group of American Christians provide the funding for this project.
 
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At home, on the streets, in the stores, in our projects, our classrooms, and friendships; our "work" is to reflect the love of Jesus Christ and seek to please Him. This can not be done of our own strength, or ability. The Holy Spirit indwells and strengthens us to live above the frustrating circumstances of life here in north-central Siberia. The Apostle Peter writes;
...if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 1 Peter 3: 14-16 (NAS)
The above verses summarize our life and work here. The abiding presence, grace, and mercy of God keeps us from the despair we see daily in those around us who have no present or future hope. The backbone of our work are the faithful prayers of Christians who understand that our warfare, weapons, and enemies are spiritual, and at stake are the eternal souls of men.
 
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