So, I always wondered what it is that missionaries do a on a regular basis. So I decided to do a series. This is the first part. The second part will come when I'm actually in Russia. But even though I'm not actually in-country yet, Being a missionary is still a job. So here's a sample of a day in my life.
My day starts at 3 a.m. with a call to the Russian consulate in Helsinki, Finland. I've been trying to figure out some visa issues and am attempting to call places who may be able to help. I manage to get a hold of someone at the consulate general who directs me to a different number.
3:20 a.m. My attempts at calling the new Helsinki number are met with a busy signal. I decide to try calling the consulate in Lvov, Ukraine. It's busy there as well. I try Finland again...
3:30 a.m. After trying both locations several times, I resolve to try again in a few hours.
8 a.m. I try the consulates several more times. Still nothing.
1 p.m. I work on a lesson for tomorrow night. I am speaking to a group of teenagers at a VBS about how God can work unexpectedly in their lives and can use them even when they can't completely see his plan. I get ideas for how I'm going to present my topic while creating a video to show.
5:30 p.m. I take a spiritual gifts assessment to help me better define myself and what I can help with in the Russian church.
6 p.m. I work on putting my ideas for tomorrow's talk down on paper
6:45 p.m. I eat dinner and relax with my family
So there you have it. A day in the life of a missionary who is preparing to go out on the field.