Saturday, September 3, 2011

FIRST RUSSIANS TO MTC





For the first time, Russians, Ukrainians, Bulgarians, Albanians and Baltic missionaries have a place to go for their MTC experience. Previous to this they would go directly to the mission field. Some, those that were fluent in English and could get a visa to the U.S. were allowed to go to Provo, but most did not. This is our first group. They represent several countries and they all speak Russian. They also represent the tribes of Dan, Asher, Neptali, Ephraim, Manasseh, and Joseph. We are finding the lost ten tribes. They are delightful. In our second picture, we have an Albanian going to Italy (he learned Italian watching TV) and two Italians that were born in the Church. Elder Visintine's grandparents were members and his mom was born in the Church. they are going to Italy. We also have two North Americans in this group going to Spain. Today they went to Retiro Park to contact people. They started to sing in Russian and the first four people that they stopped to talk to spoke Russian. This is historic. Our next group in 3 weeks are 10 North Americans going to Spain, 10 French going to France and 4 Italians going to France. Our meetings and classes are interesting.






6 comments:

Grandma & Grandpa said...

What an amazing experience you're having! Such a good thing for those Russian missionaries to have that MTC experience there with you. Best to you, The Hunsakers

Keith Cutler said...

You are living the promises God made to Abraham and his seed. It's amazing. The next 100 years of missionary work are going to be incredible!

Kathy said...

Exciting times, The Lord is finding a way to take the gospel to the 4 corners of the world. I am glad they get to go to an MTC, it makes all the difference in the world. I had three companions who did not get the MTC training.

hlovrin said...

It's great that you are getting to work with these wonderful people, but I have to correct you. I served a mission in Russia, and almost all Russian, Ukrainian, etc Russian speaking missionaries went to the MTC in Provo before going to the mission field. During my entire mission, there was only one who was unable to get a visa and came directly to the field. The Russian speakers I served with were indeed wonderful people, from many tribes as you say, and I enjoyed every minute in the field with them.

James Miller said...

Ummm, Actually for the past few years most Russian/Ukrainian/Baltic missionaries went to the Provo MTC. They did not need to be fluent in English. Plenty of them received visas, stayed in the Provo MTC for a few weeks, and then went out into the mission field.

James Miller said...

Ummm, Actually for the past few years most Russian/Ukrainian/Baltic missionaries went to the Provo MTC. They did not need to be fluent in English. Plenty of them received visas, stayed in the Provo MTC for a few weeks, and then went out into the mission field.