My dear family and friends,
To start off, since I am writing this on Saturday this may be significantly shorter because I don't have Sunday to write about. I'm just joking but it will probably be shorter because of a number of reasons. But most importantly I still love it out here and am having the time of my life!
We helped a sister and her son in our branch move out of a bad house they were in to a house just across from the church. Opportunity finally presented itself for me to use those gloves you sent me! Turns out I didn't need them but I was wearing them on the way to the house looking way nice.
This morning our friend and member who is about a 60 year old Asian man took us out to the cheap market to buy groceries and then to a fish market. He bought us halibut because he saw my pictures and that we used to catch them in Alaska haha. Russians are really nice!
We were walking outside of our house to go visit a less active and out of nowhere we hear a "BLAM" and look to our left and see that the snow from of our building fell on a car below. I don't know how it didn't break the window because it sounded like a gun shot. They actually put out signs and tape so that people don't walk underneath some of the buildings in town. The weather here lately has been that it snows at night and then in the morning it heats back up again and the snow starts to melt and hence why the large amounts of snow falling from the skies.
I bought my winter boots! "Alaskas" is what they are called, they come up to my mid calf and are super warm. Only cost 1100 rubles. And that is crazy because off of Sakhalin you can buy them for 700. Everything is more expensive here.
We had dinner at the orphanage that we served at a month or so ago. Only of the guys we meet there invited us to come with him. We ended up having hot dogs which is something I haven't had for a while. And we talked to the owners of it . They are the Harrison's and are from Australia. We had a great talk with them and might start to volunteer and help them finish the house. They moved to Russian 11 years ago when they were 34 and 33. Pretty amazing people. Said that they felt that God called them. Hopefully they will become interested in the church!
I love you all!