"So what would you think if we started talking every week on Skype and invited some of the other girls to join us? So we could have a time to share and pray for each other." When one of my Russian friends asked me this a few weeks ago, my response was a no-brainer and a very hearty "yes!"
The next week 7 of us got on Skype together to share what was happening in our lives and to pray for each other. It was a huge blessing for me and something came over me as I heard voices I hadn't heard in over a year. I have emailed and facebooked the girls over the past year since I've been gone, but it's just not quite the same. I realized email and the like are great for conveying information, but hearing another person's voice conveys so much more. It almost felt like we were all sitting around the same table in my kitchen- chatting, laughing and sharing life together over a cup of tea and some little sweet things. When we finished our call, the girls in Moscow were all ending their day...mine was just half-way through, and I found myself immensely thankful for the blessing of having gotten to hear their voices. There wasn't one piece of information we shared that couldn't have been communicated over email....but then again our call wasn't about communicating information.
Each week I wait excitedly by my computer on the set day and time, to once again here the voices of those I love and to join with them in prayer.