More Music, an Orphanage Tour and Vika Update

Last evening our musicians put on a short informal concert for the kids for the kids and it was a huge success.  The children were so impressed and they treated the boys like rock stars!  This morning they got started with their music clinics.  Their schedule is to hold lessons from 9 – 11 am and 1 – 3 pm each day and then in the evening from 6:30 – 8:00 they have a jam session where all of the kids can participate, sing, dance or just hang out and listen.  The children are  so enthusiastic and it seems that this project is going to be a tremendous success!

Here Chad works with one of the boys while another looks on waiting his turn.


David is working with several Continue reading

Renovations, Music and the Dead Zone!

On our way to Anna’s apartment this morning Dave and I bumped into Svetlana and her daughter Oxana.  7 or 8 years ago, with help from Don and Shirley Green we were able to send Oxana to Moscow for life saving surgery to remove a brain tumour.  Thanks to the Greens, Oxana is alive and healthy today.  It was great to run into them and see how well Oxana is doing.


At Anna’s apartment the boys wasted no time in getting to work.  Although we already have several Continue reading

Snow and Shopping!

Well the biggest news here is the weather!  Like Canada everyone talks about the weather, but right now they really have something to talk about.  It is freezing cold here and today is was snowing and blowing!  First thing this morning I took this picture at the orphanage where one of the kids was cleaning a carpet.  I have seen them bring them out and beat them before, but apparently in the winter they put them on the snow and jump up and down on them, flip them over and do it again.  Then they roll them up and take them where they can shake and sweep the snow and dirt off of them and return them indoors.  The snow really helps to keep the dust down!


I took this next picture on the road from Mogilev to Chausy so you could see the size of the snow banks, the Continue reading