September 12 - 26,
God has formed the team, and what a dynamic team it
is. We are so proud of our youngest team member, Dallas
Carder, 14. She worked all year to raise
funds for her trip. We know she will be a wonderful
blessing to the Russian kids she will meet, but most of all, she is
our first "Growing Giants for Jesus" teenager. As we have
strived to grow the kids of Russia in our Lord, the vision came, why
not "Grow Giants" among our kids! Dallas is our first
"seedling" planted in the rich soil of Russia.
Pray for her journey to be safe and life changing.
We have several
newcomers to the team:
- Dr. Joe Finley will be our lead medical team member.
He has been a valued supporter of Treasures and now he will see
the fruits of his labor. He is a walking wounded, as he was
run over by a car several years ago, breaking both his legs.
This is a step of faith to join the team, please pray for his
- Josh and Jennifer Pond are coming from school in
California to join the team. Josh is studying the Orthodox
church. He will have the opportunity to visit several
Russian Orthodox churches in our travels.
They will be a testimony to the young people they will meet.
- Paul and Lila Pond got caught up in the fun of the team
planning. So much so, they are joining the team! They
are already Giants for Jesus...we are thrilled to have them be a
part of this trip.
- KoKo Hampton is an anesthesia nurse joining the
medical team. KoKo just lost her husband this year.
She wants to be a blessing to the kids, a true sacrifice. We know
God has a place for her on this team.
- Cathy Thomas, daughter of Bud and Barbara Liming, is
coming from Kansas City to join the team. We are confident she will bring
the joy of the Lord to our kids in Russia.
Team members returning for the third time:
- Bud Liming, has such a heart for missions as he works
with so many local projects. Those babies are drawn to his
gentle spirit. We just love watching the love "ooze" from him
as he holds the tiny orphans. Bud's dream was to bring
yo-yos to all the boys. We found enough yo-yos and our guys
are all learning the fine art of yo-yoing so they can teach the
- Billy Doornbos is once again sharing his gift with
Treasures. Billy has the gift of fund raising, what a joy
he experiences as he makes the purchases, instead of sending
money. He bought a car for the orphanage in Republic of
shoes...the list goes on and on.
Team members returning for the second time:
- Barbara Liming may be a tiny woman but she is a giant
among shoppers! She had so much fun as we took her
underground to purchase leggings for the babies. Having four
girls of her own, on this trip
Barbara is starting a new ministry of spending quality time with the girls. We have spent
6 months teaching the kids dental care and hygiene, now we will
begin the fun stuff. Barbara's idea has birthed a new
activity, manicures! As the ladies give manicures to the
girls they can share the love of Jesus by giving scriptures about
hands. What a servant's heart, as Jesus washed feet, they
will wash hands!
- Ray Carder, Dallas' dad, is a carpenter by trade and he loves working
at the orphanages. Ray is self-employed, if he does
not work, he does not earn. His family is sacrificing so he
can be a part of this team. Remember to pray for them as
they keep the home fires burning.
- Jessica Robbins, last but not the least, is taking on a
new hat this trip. Last trip she painted murals to the
delight of the kids and staff. This trip she will use her
considerable talents to head up Vacation Bible School. Her
enthusiasm is contagious and we are beyond thrilled she is
returning to Barskoe Gorodische. Once again, her family is sacrificing so that she can
make a difference in the lives of our kids. Please remember
her husband and two kids as she is working for Jesus.
Have you seen the thread running through each team member?
Sacrifice...whether it be financial, health, business, or family,
each person is paying a price to minister to orphans a world away.
PLEASE, lift them, their individual gifts, and their families to the
Lord each day. Your prayers are the glue that binds the team.