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What is a Zavalinki??…. by Dale

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Upon our arrival in Khabarovsk we met with our host. She had a list ready for us of suggested projects needing to be done at the Samuel House, a shelter for children. One of the needs listed was repair of the zavalinki.  We asked what is a zavalinki? Well it was determined there was no translation for it. So we decided a visit to the house was in order to learn more about the zavalinki.   It is a flashing device connected to the foundation. It is supposed to divert rain and add insulation at the base of the house. It looks much like a small roofed storage area 2 feet tall by 1 foot deep.  When it was new it probably worked quite well. But when the roofing (which covered it) eventually failed the contraption became a perimeter sponge holding water that would freeze in winter. So much for insulation!  This particular unit was in such bad disrepair the only logical solution was its complete removal.     After the initial removal of all old materials the cement needed to be repaired or replaced and a water drainage system put in place. An addition had to be reinforced also so it would not fall. The cement wall was crumbling at its base and water had seeped in for a long time. The problem here was not insulation but water infiltrating into areas that needed to stay dry. Some Insulation was needed to be put in place at the wooden


From Dreams to Reality…by Jan

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Dreams do become realities. Last year their dream was to have a kitchen with a table large enough for the family of seven to all eat at one time. This year Zhenya’s dream was to have cabinets, stove and refrigerator in that kitchen. The Lord has blessed us to help with both of these dreams. Each day as another cabinet goes into place or a door is hung there is such joy on every face. One by one the children check out the work. Each joking about how they might use the cabinet. Papa thinks it would make a nice storage for his hunting supplies but Mama says ‘NO”.  This is her kitchen dream. Each day she sits and watches the work, helping when necessary, and mentally stocks the cabinets. They have had the refrigerator in the living room, the stove in another small room and the sink in a hallway. Now they will all be in the same room. Imagine the joy of having such luxury. The children enjoy climbing the ladder of fetching supplies from time to time. The little ones call “Janice” as they peek around a corner just to let me know they are still there. They are quick to offer a helping hand to sweep the floors, especially since Dale gifted a few rubles to his helpers. Working together in their home has taken our relationship to a new level. Pastor’s use of English has increased since last year as well as our limited Russian.


Recipe or Receipt?? by Dale

Monday, May 30th, 2011

  Ok thanks to prayer and a very very loving wife.  I am feeling 100% better tonight so I thought a little update would be in order. Although the sickness sidelined me a few days Yuri and I still were able to collect some of the needed things for the projects at hand. Like sheet metal and metal tubing for a new fence at Samuel House and the sheet and angle to go with it. It is now in our possession as I write this but my poor brain was tested this last week and…..lets just say it was not the best it could have been. Yuri came early one morning with plans to pick-up the aforementioned sheet metal which had already been paid for. He also really liked the Chili soup I was able to put together before I got too sick and asked for the recipe. I was able to change the English measures to Metric and printed the page folding the paper and putting it in my pocket. Jan gave me the proof of purchase papers to go pick up the beautiful pre-finished metal for the fence and we were off on a mission. We quickly arrived at the factory where our metal was waiting. I reached into my pocket and handed Yuri the receipt for without that you cannot get your order completed here. Yuri said “I will be back soon”. Well I think that’s what he said (it was in Russian). Five minutes later he


Return to Ukraine

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Plans to return to Ukraine are now in process. In 2008 Dale helped Pastor Brugosh, Jason, and the men at the Radvanka church install a new gate for their fence. At that time a new friendship was formed. In May 2011 the church will be holding a  conference. They have invited us to return to be part of the preparation and participation in this event.  Lord willing we will be there along with a few other American team members. There is much work to be done that requires Dale’s skills. Janice will help with organization and be one of those speaking to the ladies. The conference is being hosted by the Radvanka Church of the Living God and Michigan Bridge Ministries. It will be held May 5-8. There will be great fellowship, lively worship, anointed teaching, and powerful prayer. There are building repairs to be done before the conference. Pray for favor and provision to complete the tasks. Our plans are to be stay in Ukraine for up to 3 weeks then we will proceed to Russia as planned. Look for more updates to come as God unfolds His plan.  


Kitchen Update

Friday, March 11th, 2011

We often the comforts we take for granted are things others would consider a treasure.  Last summer we built a kitchen for Pastor Yuri, something they never had. This week he sent the following message about the kitchen. “Every day our new kitchen pleases our eyes, it’s just quite a different feeling, much room, everyone feels comfortable. Children make their homework there, it is so good to observe everything through the window. The door works well, we host our guests at the big table, celebrate holidays, recall the time of our construction. I’m happy that you are coming. Maybe God let us do something else together.”