I’ve waited fourteen years to return to Russia.
Four weeks from today, Daylen and I will be there.
My dad took me on my first international trip to Russia as a young teen to deliver Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to orphans. During that trip, my heart packed its bags and moved into a Russian flat. God transformed it, instilling an endless — and somewhat irrational — love for the language, the spiritual state, and the people of Russia.
Why am I sharing this today? Well it’s Christmas! In Russia! They celebrate on January 7th, so what better time to share God’s calling than the day the Russian people celebrate my Lord’s coming to earth?
Daylen and I have a vision for a future with Russia. For three years, we haven’t known what this calling would look like. We haven’t known the why, how, for how long, or when. We’ve known only that God stamped Russia on our future and said, “Be patient.”
Last fall we met a Russian pastor and his family. They invited me to come to a women’s conference near Moscow to talk about my book, A Time to Die. (Eep!) He invited Daylen and my dad to come and meet with other churches to talk about ministry opportunities.
So here we go. First step.
We want to share this vision with you. I have no idea what God will do or reveal during this trip, but I’ve had fourteen years to prepare myself for anything. The two callings God’s made abundantly clear for my life are Russia and writing. Now those callings are holding hands, skipping along, beckoning me into a new adventure.
So welcome to the new page of the Brandes’s life. If you haven’t already signed up for my newsletter, that’s the best way to get condensed updates regarding our journey. We’re so excited to see God working more in our lives — and to look back at how he’s prepared us.
This year, I expect to share at least a few posts regarding Russia — how God laid it on both our hearts, how our trips (yes, there are more than one!) go this year, and how our vision grows. Please, if you will, continue to pray God’s glory over this next step. And especially pray for the salvation of His people in Russia.
Thank you for being a part of this story!
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