Many people have been asking for updates on the team, so we've created a blog to help keep you up-to-date with information, pictures (we hope), and other items to help track what's going on in Russia.
The team of eight left the parking lot at 11:55 a.m. on Friday, May 28, in route to Atlanta then Amsterdam then St. Petersburg, Russia. Once in Russia, they will construct two pavilions at a camp outside St. Petersburg. Please continue to pray for them as they travel and serve in Jesus' name.
There was some initial concern since, as of 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, the team's passports and travel visas could not be located anywhere. Let me be clear: they had not received them back from the consulate yet and the package, for some weird reason, had not been assigned a FedEx tracking number. Finally, they were found in Seattle, WA. Rather than having them delivered to Athens, the travel company working on getting the visas picked them up in Atlanta and met the team at the airport. So, from the outset, it seems like God is saying to them (and us as well) "Trust in me."
After being delayed in ATL due to some pretty nasty thunderstorms that just blossomed out of nowhere and then stayed, the flight to Amsterdam took off almost two hours late. We just received word that they made it to Amsterdam without any more difficulties and their flight to St. Petersburg was due to take off at 7:00 a.m. EDT (that's 1:00 p.m. in the Netherlands, for those of you keeping score).
Please continue to pray for their safety and health as they finish this final leg of their travel. They're supposed to touch down in St. Petersburg at 9:50 a.m EDT, which is 5:50 p.m local time in St. Pete.
Posted on Sat, May 29, 2010
by Glenn Cole