08-30-04 - 8:36 a.m.
The group is off to Russia! They left yesterday afternoon (around 3:30 p.m.) from LAX, flying with Air France. After a short stopover in Paris, they landed about an hour ago (7:36 a.m. our time) in Moscow. I just received a phone call from Deb and though they’re a bit tired, everybody’s doing fine. Keep the team members in your prayers as they adjust to the time difference (they’re now 11 hours ahead of us). The team members are: Debby Cathers, Dave Dunagan, Cathy Frailing, Olivia Hurtado, Kayla Johnson, Drew Morehouse, Greg Senecal, Craig Sibley, Kira Sibley, Christina Young, and Stefannie Young. As far as I know, they’ll be spending the night and the following day in Moscow, then on Wednesday evening they’ll board the overnight train to Kirov.
Dave Dunagan is going to try and send us some e-mail updates throughout the next week and a half and we’ll be sure to pass them along as we receive them. We might even be able to get some pictures from Russia as well (we’ll see if the technology can handle it). I’ll also be posting copies of these updates on the church website (www.calvarychapel.com/fullerton) along with pictures we took yesterday of the whole team. I’ll try and send a picture of a team member or two with each e-mail as a way of reminding you to pray.
08-30-04 - 10:57 a.m.
Dear Prayer Warriors,
Around 10:00 this morning (our time) there was a bombing in Moscow near a subway station. I’ve called Calvary Chapel Church Planting Mission and they called their office in Moscow. Our folks are okay. They’re on a bus out to the Bible College where they’ll spend the night (about an hour from Moscow) and are doing fine.
08-31-04 - 10:40 p.m.
These updates just arrived straight from Moscow, written by Dave Dunagan –
It's about 9:30 monday night and we are somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean. Although our flight left at 3 pm it feels like we have been in this airplane for about 12 hours. Only 4 hours left to Paris! Of course then we have to get on another flight to Moscow for another 4 hours. Ouch!!
We didn't have too much trouble at LAX. We were told by the fine people at AIR France that our amp case was 46 pounds over the weight limit and if we couldn't get down to 70 pounds it would cost us an extra 470 dollars. Greg, Craig and I were running around trying to see how much stuff (guitar gear, music stuff) we could jam into everyone's suitcase, but we finally did it. Everyone is fine and is looking forward to getting their feet on the ground. We covet your prayers.
Arrived at Moscow about 7 pm (local time) on Tuesday. Everyone was glad to get off the airplane. A group from Calvary Chapel Moscow Bible College were there to meet us at the airport. After we got everything loaded on the bus we headed off to - - McDonalds!! - - How do you say Big Mac in Russian? Our friends from the bible college were very helpful when it came to placing our order. We spent the night at the college, they have a beautiful new building about one hour out of the city. Today we might get a chance to visit the city of Moscow, then it's on the train and off to Kirov. All the saints here send their greeting.
09-02-04 10:16 p.m.
Just a reminder to keep the team in your prayers. If all has been going according to schedule, their first day of outreach and first evening concert should be done and they ought to be back at their hotel resting for the night. Their next concerts will be taking place around 8:00 a.m. (our time) tomorrow and so on through next Monday morning. We’ll be sure to pass on updates as we hear from the team.
Again – the team consists of: Debby Cathers, Dave Dunagan, Cathy Frailing, Olivia Hurtado, Kayla Johnson, Drew Morehouse, Greg Senecal, Craig Sibley, Kira Sibley, Christina Young, and Stefannie Young.
I’ve attached a couple more pictures of team members as reminders for prayer. We’ll keep copies of all the updates and pictures we’ve got on the church website at: www.calvarychapel.com/fullerton , click on “Russia” and “2004”.
I just got a very quick phone call from my wife. She said that they were all doing fine, but that they were having trouble getting a good signal for the cell phone. Greg finally suggested that they try going across the street to the bus stop outside the hotel (where I used to send last year’s updates from) and she was able to get a signal – but then it started to rain real hard and she had to get back to the hotel. She said that they haven’t had their first concert yet, I think she said they might be having their first concert later today (for us, tomorrow morning). She said that Dave had been saving up some e-mail updates to send, so hopefully if things work out we might be getting a little more stuff from them later on.
Again, here’s the names of the team to be praying for: Debby Cathers, Dave Dunagan, Cathy Frailing, Olivia Hurtado, Kayla Johnson, Drew Morehouse, Greg Senecal, Craig Sibley, Kira Sibley, Christina Young, and Stefannie Young. I’ve attached a few more pictures of team members to remind you to be praying …
lots of love,
09-03-04 1:23 a.m.
I just received another call from my wife Debby (12:30 a.m.) and we had a little better chance to talk this time. Here’s some of the things she shared with me:
· They have been made aware of the hostage situation in southern Russia with the school hostage situation. But don’t worry about them, they are quite far from the incident (it’s probably close to 1,000 miles away). Everyone on the team is doing fine and in good health.
· Back in Moscow they had some bus trouble that almost caused them to miss their train to Kirov. Apparently the bus got stuck in some kind of a ditch and had a flat tire – but God worked it all out and they were able to get the bus going again and they made their train.
· They will apparently be holding three concerts this year. The concerts will start at 6:00 p.m. (Russia time) and the first one will be Friday night (or, 7:00 a.m. our time Friday morning). The other concerts will be on Saturday and Sunday. The concert hall they’ll be using is different from the one we used last year. This year the concert hall is very close to the hotel, apparently within walking distance. They are staying at the same hotel we were at last year, the Hotel Vyatka.
· They get to attend the wedding of the pastor of the church in Kirov, Denis, on Tuesday morning. Pastor Roger Stalhut of Calvary Chapel Open Door will be performing the wedding for Denis and his bride. The group will be getting back on the train back to Moscow on Tuesday night (Russia time).
· George Bryson had been with another group earlier in the week and just arrived in Kirov on Thursday morning.
· They’ve had some pretty warm weather. Deb said they’ve been pretty hot, but it’s started to cool down. When Deb called earlier in the evening it was raining. The weather forecast says that by Sunday the high will 48, and the low 33. Brrrrr.
· They’ve had a bit of trouble doing outreach. On Thursday they were scheduled to go into five schools to talk with students, but all five schools called and cancelled on them. They’ve been going out to the parks instead. Dave and Greg did some music out in the park near the hotel. Pray for God to open doors. Pray for God to be leading them to the kids that need to be invited to the concerts.
That’s about all I can recall right now (sorry, I’m a bit sleepy). Now that Deb has found a good location to get a good cell connection, we ought to be getting a little more information coming through the pipeline, including some e-mails from Dave. Some of the group has been to the internet café – if you get any e-mails that you’d like to share with the rest of the church and family, send them our way and we’ll pass them on.
Again, here’s the names of the team to be praying for: Debby Cathers, Dave Dunagan, Cathy Frailing, Olivia Hurtado, Kayla Johnson, Drew Morehouse, Greg Senecal, Craig Sibley, Kira Sibley, Christina Young, and Stefannie Young. I’ve attached the last set of pictures of team members to remind you to be praying …
lots of love,
09-03-04 10:13 p.m.
Deb just called and I thought I’d let you all know that the group is doing fine. They had their first concert on Friday night. They had been concerned that there might not be too many kids showing up to the concert since they weren’t able to go into the universities to invite the students, but they had about 100 kids show up anyway just from the flyers they passed out around town. Pretty nice start considering some of the difficulties they’ve had. The weather seems to be cooling down a bit. I asked how the young gals were getting along (Kira, Kayla, Christina, Stefannie) and Deb said that they were doing great. I guess the folks in the band got a little hungry yesterday (they didn’t get lunch and dinner arrived late), but other than that things sound as if they’re going well. Their next concert will be Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. (for us it will be at 7:00-10:00 a.m. - so be praying tomorrow morning).
I’d like to encourage you to remember to mention each member of the team before the Lord in prayer: Debby Cathers, Dave Dunagan, Cathy Frailing, Olivia Hurtado, Kayla Johnson, Drew Morehouse, Greg Senecal, Craig Sibley, Kira Sibley, Christina Young, and Stefannie Young.
lots of love,
09-04-04 10:57 a.m.
This arrived from our friends in Russia
Today we've got to the concert and found Debby. We were very glad to get acquainted with her. She is so nice! She said that you established cell phone's connection, so we can't tell you something new about Debby and the group. I tried to take a picture of Anna and Debby, but I made it as bad as possible, I forgot to set the correct resolution, so it turned out to be a very small photo, but anyway you can look at it and even recognize two charming persons :). By the way, having noticed that my cell phone have an embedded photo-camera Debby said that I am like you (I like gadgets too). We'll try to visit their concert tomorrow and it is probably that we'll have a meeting at our university with the group. Debby is going to join this meeting so we'll have at least one more chance to see her and to talk. Debby showed some pictures of your family, as we understood it was a summer holiday this year. That's a pity that you are not here with your wife.
Sergey and Anna
09-04-04 9:48 p.m.
My wife (Deb) just called and they’re all still doing fine. She said that everyone seems to be doing great. Kira might be coming down with a cold, but everyone else is healthy. Wow, last year I think we all got sick! Deb said that last night’s concert (Saturday night) went well and they had about 200 kids show up. They also were able to visit a high school yesterday and invited the kids to the concert. I think they’ve made some new contacts and might be able to get into some schools on Monday as well. They’ve also added another concert on Monday night. They’ve been having trouble getting the e-mail on Dave’s Pocket PC to work, but they’ve been trying. Perhaps we’ll get a post from them tomorrow. It’s been getting colder – Deb said it felt like snow – the weather forecast says the lows are in the 30’s and the highs in the 50’s.
09-05-04 10:36 a.m.
This came from Laurie Dunagan -
Hi Rich,You probably know all this from Debby already, but just in case you hadn't heard some of it, I got two calls from Dave, Friday night and Sunday morning before church. He said that everyone is doing fine. The concerts have been great and while they haven't drawn a huge crowd, it seems to be going well. He got to pray with 4 people at Sunday night's concert to accept the Lord; he was pretty excited about that. During the day Dave and Greg are playing music in the square and are drawing a crowd of people. I guess Olivia, Kayla, Stefannie and Cathy and some others went with them and passed out flyers and made balloon animals, etc. It's been a lot colder the last couple of days, with rain off and on.Laurie
09-05-04 11:00 a.m.
The e-mails have started arriving again from Russia as well as some news from Dave through a phone call to Laurie. Some of the posts may be a little out of order or a little bit old, but you and I will still enjoy them.
This first note is from Dave, straight from Russia, probably written on Thursday:
We are in Kirov it's 6:55 pm local time. We are all well. Been in park handing out tracks today. Concert tomorrow night. Journal is 1 day late, but will try & catch up. Will try & attach photo 2 days ago, at bible college.
Here’s the journal that Dave sent with the note (this next part is actually written by Greg):
It's Wednesday night and we are on the train to Kirov. It was nice to sleep in a real bed that didn't move last night, the new dorm is a beautiful blessing and a huge improvement from last year. For those of us who are here for the second time it was like a family reunion seeing our translator friends again. After Dave led us in worship, we had devotions led by pastor Roger from Calvary Chapel Open Door from the book of Job, who encouraged us that God is in control even through our trials, which we will probably encounter. After some breakfast and real coffee we took a long walk to a military museum with tanks and memorial stuff from W.W.II, and then we were off for ice-cream! We returned to the dorm for a very edible lunch, after lunch Olivia, Cathy, Debby, Stefannie, Christina, Kira, Kayla, and some girls from 0pen Door made bracelets to give away at the outreach while Drew and Greg basically just got in the way.
While we were waiting for our bus to arrive George pulled Dave and Greg aside to encourage them to rock hard at the concert, but warned Dave not to try any stage diving saying something about insurance policies. When our bus arrived they called us out for some help, apparently the bus was stuck in a deep rut, while we were trying to get our bus unstuck a tire blew out, gee, do you think somebody doesn't want this outreach to happen? Luckily the bus has 4 rear wheels so we just drove it as is, last night we were informed of another bombing at the train station so we sent our equipment on a truck ahead of us because they would probably not let us on the train with all that weird looking stuff. So I guess Roger's study was right on!
Right now we are on the 12 hour train ride to Kirov and awaiting our next adventure while Dave entertains us with silly card tricks, the team seems to be holding up fine and everyone is in good spirit. It looks like it's going to be an awesome outreach! We covert your prayers
- Love, Greg
This next journal entry was written by Dave, probably late on Saturday night:
Sorry this is late but we had technical difficulties due to power failures and just being too busy. We arrived Thursday in Kirov and got settled in at the hotel. We then went to the park and started passing out invitations telling everyone about the concerts that would begin on Friday. The weather was awesome so there were lots of people at the park. Christina, Kayla, Kira and Stefannie did a great job handing out flyers. Greg and I played some music on guitar and djembey and drew a crowd.
Friday morning found us back on the town, passing out flyers (in the rain). We did manage to keep fairly dry by hanging out in one of the walkways that goes under the street.
At 12:00 we got into the concert hall, and started the process of setting up the sound equipment. It took most of the day to get it all together. It was going really smooth, until my amp blew up. (my 110 watt amp does not like the 220 watts they have in Russia)
The concert went well, about 150 people came. It was fun. Greg and Drew said it was neat to see many of the same people who came last year.
Saturday Olivia, Kathy, Kayla, Stefannie, Drew, Greg and myself went to the park by the college square and played music and made balloon animals. I couldn't believe the amount of people that stopped to watch. We invited all of them to the concert.
The concert on Saturday went great. Many new people came. There were about 200 people there. Craig can really ROCK! He had the crowd going.
(Debby says the whole band rocks) It has been a blessing to have Jim from CC Fallbrook playing lead guitar for us. We also have been playing with Alexi, the worship leader from CC Kirov. Can't wait to see what God will do tomorrow.
Last, this note that came from Laurie Dunagan:
You probably know all this from Debby already, but just in case you hadn't heard some of it, I got two calls from Dave, Friday night and Sunday morning before church. He said that everyone is doing fine. The concerts have been great and while they haven't drawn a huge crowd, it seems to be going well. He got to pray with 4 people at Sunday night's concert to accept the Lord; he was pretty excited about that. During the day Dave and Greg are playing music in the square and are drawing a crowd of people. I guess Olivia, Kayla, Stefannie and Cathy and some others went with them and passed out flyers and made balloon animals, etc. It's been a lot colder the last couple of days, with rain off and on.
Well that seems to be it for now … makes me feel like I’m in Russia!
This just came through from Russia, it’s written by my wife Debby:
I have finally figured out better why I am supposed to be here, well at least a part. I know God has allowed me to use my exhortation gift with many of the Russian staff and volunteers. That has been a joy. The girls-Sarah, Tanja, Julia. It's been great hanging around Christabelle too. She's such a treasure and has the Lord. It has been a joy to pray together. Slava and his fantastic translating. And Andre. Somehow there is a special place for him in my heart for this young man. He is a Russian, helping direct the group. I think he is an inside himself man, yet I know God is working to open his heart more to us Americans. He has been our protector and takes care of a lot of the actual setting things up details. And also all the problems that seem to arise all the time. He does it well. The Kirov worship leader-Alexi- has been playing his Russian songs-but with Greg, Dave and Jim accompanying him. I really see God is going to use this young man mightily. It has been a joy to watch Dave and Jim pull him under their wings and teach him a few things about leading a band. I guess a kind of tweaking or refining. I really think this man will go far for God.
09-07-04 10:30 p.m.
Well folks, the journey home is well underway. I just heard from Deb and their overnight train from Kirov is getting close to Moscow. They should arrive in Moscow within the hour. They may be spending the day in Moscow (Wednesday) and then will probably catch a few hours of sleep at the Bible College. Then they have to board a bus to the airport at 2:00 a.m. on Thursday morning. At the airport they will be going through some pretty extensive inspections. She was told that the Americans have added another entire layer of inspections on top of the Russian inspections. They ought to be pretty safe! Their flight out of Moscow is scheduled to take off around 7:15 a.m. (Moscow time – for us it will still be Wednesday, 8:15 p.m.). They will have a brief layover in Paris, then on home where they are scheduled to land at LAX around 1:00 p.m. For those of you who like to track flights, you can go to http://www.airfrance.us on the web – their flight from Moscow is Air France #2545, their flight from Paris to LAX is Air France #62. Keep praying!
09-08-04 11:20 a.m.
I received these e-mails, along with a picture from our Russian friends Sergey & Anna. This first one apparently came on Monday (though I didn’t get it until today). The attached picture was a part of this first post –
We have a little walk with Debby and Christabel (I hope I've written her name correctly) after the meeting at our university and we took some pictures. It was really nice to have a talk with them. It was the last concert and that's a pitty that it is ending, so we hope to see you next year (you and Debby). Bye.
Sergey and Annette
This next note was sent on Wednesday –
Yesterday we saw the team off. It was so sad to say good bye to them. We got acquainted with a lot of nice people (Debby, Roger, Christabel, Joe and many others). We took some pictures but we can't send them just now because the camera is not digital. When we develop film, we will sent the pictures to you.
We asked Debby to e-mail us when she returns home. We liked Debby very much. She is so nice! She said that you have been married for 26 years. Richard, you are a lucky man!
Say hi to all your boys. We hope to see you all next year in Kirov. Give a big hug to Debby for us.
Anna and Sergey
09-09-04 3:46 p.m.
The Russia Team is back home! Praise the Lord! Their flight from Moscow (through Paris) arrived at LAX around 1:00 p.m. After about 45 minutes getting through customs they emerged to a big welcome back! They all looked pretty tired. It sounds as if they haven’t had more than just a few catnaps over the last two days. We’ll all be looking forward to hearing the reports from the team (after they wake up).