Wednesday, May 4, 2011

BLOG COMMENDATION: From Russia With Love

I'd like to bring another wonderful blog to your attention - From Russia with Love.   The blog is authored by Natalie, wife of Jon and mother of "Jojo" and "Nay-nay."  Not only can I call them my friends but also by God's grace we have a sense that we labor together with them.  We here in the in the states, praying and supporting - They in Russia building up the church of God in Jesus Christ.

At Natalie's blog you can learn about life in Russia, raising the boys on the mission field, Jon's work as a professor enabling him to prepare future pastors and men to be leaders in the Church of God.

I heartily recommend their blog, encourage you to follow along, and hold them up in prayer before God.

I was given opportunity to thank God for From Russia With Love this evening while watching Cecile B. DeMille's, Ten Commandments.  As we watched, my daughters and I were discussing some of the same events.   We did note, that though this is a wonderful movie, more wonderful tonight watching for the first time in High Definition, yet there is a great deal added, facts misconstrued, and often of more concern motivations misunderstood.   As we discussed, I asked my 13 yr old, how did you learn and how do you know so well the history of the events in Exodus.   She quoted most wondefully from Natalie's blog saying,"Don't you read From Russia with Love?  How does Josiah learn, but by listening and paying attention to his own parents and what they teach and discuss together.  Didn't Natalie write concerning the events of Easter: " It's amazing how much Josiah remembers throughout his few years about these stories."  Having my own daughter quote Natalie, I'd like to say thanks Natalie and Jon, for your friendship, for your work in Russia, and for your influence even in my own childrens' lives.   Click here for Celebrating Passion Week and the above quote.

Natalie explains her blog and life in Russia:

My husband and I have been married since July 1, 2000. We have two cute boys, Josiah and Nathan. My family brings me so much joy, but I posses a deeper joy in knowing the Lord and Savior. Aside from the free gift of salvation, my husband is the best gift the Lord has blessed me with. He loves God with his whole heart, soul, mind,and strength. We live in Russia because it has been our desire to be involved in missions from the time we were married. My husband helps prepare men to be the future pastors and church leaders of Russia . Even though living in Russia is not easy there really is no other place I would rather be serving our Lord. My children are also a great joy in my life and without them I don't know what we would do every day!
I'm not sure which of the posts I enjoyed most, but I think it was a recent series which Natalie completed in March 2011, describing with words and pictures the history of their beginning time in Novosibirsk, Russia.

Click here or for the Novosibirsk series:   Novosibirsk


Our Family said...

I'm so glad you've written this post!

I, too, highly commend Natalie's blog. After having traveled to Russia eight times and adopted nine children from Russia,I love how Natalie does such a great job of giving us a glimpse of life in that country. What she writes about has been so true to what we have witnessed!

There is another reason I glad Natalie shares their lives with us. As a wife of 27 years and a mother for twenty, I appreciate how intentional she is about her roles as wife and mother.

The Bible is clear that women are to love their husbands and children, and Natalie goes out of her way to do special things for her family that shout, "I love you!" She's a treasure, and I'm honored to call her my friend.

Denise (Mrs. Beaver)

Scott said...

Amen, and thank you Denise for your added loving words towards the Natalie and Jon. Good reminder to be intentional in living out the vocation to which I've been called.