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  • Writer's pictureJack Hager

>Report from Russia

>A dear friend and partner-in-ministry just sent the following…I urge and beg you to read it, and then to pray for the family:

Russia Reflections From the Hange FamilyWith God’s deep love for Russia Reflection and Update on the Tragedy in Moscow

Then I got the text message from our friend who was watching the children…. “Bombs just went off at Park Kulturi” Are you OK? I replied that I was, and hoped the message would get through. The train suddenly lurched forward to the next stop, picked up a load of passengers waiting there, and announced that it was changing direction. And it did! I had no idea those things could suddenly move backward. About this time my friend called and said that a second explosion just went off at “Lyubyanka”. As we travelled along back to my stop I began to wonder how many bombs might be on this line? Were they staged to go off in intervals? Were these suicide bombers (turns out they were). The guy with the big bag pacing up and down muttering to himself was making me very nervous. As I got out of metro Universitet, I stood for about ten minutes in a daze. It just seemed SO UNREAL. These stories of bombs going off here and there around the world–those distant, unpleasant, impersonal news blips-well, one of them just happened right by me. And I was worried, and still am worried, that one of my friends, co-workers, or students was on one of those trains.

Then came shame: I have been a little too busy lately, my master’s paper has been consuming time otherwise reserved for sleep. I’ve been a bit grouchy, self-focused, and not as at peace with God and with those around me as I’d like to be. What if I had to stand before my creator in such a state? The bus came, I got on, and I prayed for a calm spirit to hear the voice of God. The voice of truth began to speak into my mind. I want to write it down while it’s fresh, before it fades from my memory, but it was a beautiful thing. It went something like this: “Tim, this evil you encountered today is precisely what you have been called to work against. Teaching young people and frustrated orphans to experience the love of God and invest in others is the part of my work of bringing people into a whole relationship with me. Are the results worth it? Are you making a significant difference? Tim, leave that to me. I need you to continue to obey. Is there risk? Is it worth your life? Well, my own Son got put to death, and countless thousands of my followers throughout history have suffered loss and grief. Don’t forget Tim, that your time on earth is short. Have I called you to die? Yes-every day I have called you to die to yourself. And one day, sooner or later, your physical body will die. Number your days and gain a heart of wisdom. I will make all things new. I will set all things right, even though now there is such evil in the world. Still, even now I am working in people’s hearts and lives and renewing their inner beings. I have called you to be a part of that work, no matter how small your part may seem, no matter how inadequate you may feel to the task, I am changing others and changing you. Follow me, and know that I am in control of everything. Even your cat. ”

Thank You

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