Posted by: jakeschwarze | June 29, 2007

Itinerary for the first few days

Jake Schwarze’s Russia Itinerary (June 25-August 10)

Monday, June 25, 2007—My ticket was changed last minute and I will be staying in Russia an extra two weeks! The Lord must have more for me to do and see. The last of the packing is done and the guys from my prayer group laid hands on me and prayed for all aspects of the time away.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007—I arrived at the Chicago Midway airport without a moment to spare, on my way to California to meet with family and friends before I join up with the Summer Camp team on Wednesday evening. Thanks Krauss family for your willingness to drive me to the airport. It was a great blessing to me.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007—I will have breakfast with my father, whom I haven’t seen in over a year. Pray that God will give me the words to share with him about the truth of the Gospel. His name is Dan and needs Jesus in his life. From 10am-2pm, my folks are having an open house so anyone who wants can come say ‘Hi’ and ‘Goodbye.’ Then it’s off to Castro Valley, CA (east bay area) where we all meet up and re-pack out things. This should be an encouraging time of testimony, singing and getting to know one another.

Thursday, June 28, 2007—We leave San Francisco Airport at 6am to fly to Atlanta, and then on to Moscow. This will be a long full and overnight flight. Pray that my neck, back and finger do not act up. I will be studying and preparing messages for any last minute preaching I may be doing while in Russia. Pray for that study time and my witness as we travel.

Friday, June 29, 2007—If all goes well, we land at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow, Russia at 10 am. We must pass through a series of Immigration procedures. Pray that no one in our team gets stopped or harassed by authorities. Many officials will ask for money in order to let people in the country or they may just hassle travelers to make it difficult. Pray that God would give us favor in this. Once through, we will check in at our hotel and rest for a couple hours. Then we hit the streets for some sightseeing and souvenir shopping. For many of our team, this will be their first time in Moscow and the Metro (the greatest subway system in the world). Moscow can be very dangerous for tourists, especially at night. Pray for our safety and ‘street smarts’ during this time.

Saturday, June 30, 2007—Pray that we wake refreshed and that our body clocks acclimate to the new time zone quickly(9 hours ahead of Central Time). More touring of Moscow’s history and beauty. Pray that the Lord would give us opportunity to share the Gospel with people in Red Square or wherever we go today. Our flight leaving Moscow is in the evening. We’ll arrive in Ufa late that night, losing 2 more hours for the time zone change. The next morning will be a long and full day of ministry. Thank the Lord with us as we reunite with old friends and give long-overdue hugs to Pastor Zhuk and his family.

Sunday, July 1, 2007—We will sleep a few hours and then wake early to visit Pastor Zhuk’s church. They share a building with the local police, so they praise God extra loud for those on duty to hear God’s praises ringing. We will send greetings from our churches to theirs and spend all morning together at the church. Services are 2 to 3 hours long (think about that the next time you complain about an hour and a half), so we will need extra stamina for this long day. In the evening we will attend another service, perhaps a youth service. It will be a joy to spend quality time with those we have served in the past. I’m almost jumping out of my skin just thinking about it!

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