Update 3 – Jim Liljegren – Russia/Europe
DEAR FAMILY AND FRIENDS,
AFTER CHURCH, WE DECIDED TO GO DOWNTOWN TO HAVE SOME FELLOWSHIP TIME WITH PASTOR SASHA AND SOME OF THE TEENAGERS. A VERY STRANGE THING HAPPENED TO ME. I WAS ROBBED TODAY AS WE GOT ON THE METRO. A GROUP OF THUGS PUSHED ME INTO THE METRO (SUBWAY) TRAIN AS WE WERE GETTING ON AND ONE OF THEM GRABBED MY WALLET AND TOOK OFF. I LOST ABOUT $700 AND ALL MY CREDIT CARDS. PASTOR SASHA CHASED ONE OF THE GUYS AND HELD HIM BY THE COLLAR AND DECIDED THAT WAS NOT A GOOD THING TO DO AS THE GUY WAS TALLER AND STRONGER. SASHA LET HIM GO AND HE RAN AWAY. I WAS STANDING CLOSE BY. THE GUY COULD HAVE HAD A KNIFE OR BEAT HIM (US). IT’S ONLY MONEY! GOD PROTECTED US AND WE ARE ALIVE. THE 3 CREDIT CARDS ARE CANCELED. I WAS IN SHOCK FOR AWHILE BUT AM NOW RECOVERED.THE POLICE TOLD US THAT THIS GANG HAS BEEN AROUND FOR AWHILE AND EVEN SPENT TIME IN JAIL. I HAVE NEVER BEEN PICK-POCKETED BEFORE. IT IS A STRANGE FEELING TO BE VIOLATED IN THAT WAY. MANY PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD ARE FAR WORSE OFF IN SO MANY OF THESE STRANGE SITUATIONS.
WE NOW CONTINUE ON BY FLYING TO MOSCOW ON MONDAY AND TAKING THE TRAIN TO SARANSK MONDAY NIGHT. I AM NOT SURE I CAN MAKE IT FINANCIALLY OR NOT. BUT, I AM HAVING BARBARA GIVE MIKE VANIS $500 TO BRING ON THURSDAY. THANKS FOR YOUR PRAYERS.
I’m sure many of you continue in prayer for the team even when you don’t get regular news. Probably that’s a sign that more prayer is needed than when you do hear from us.
Thank God for Jim and Sasha’s safety during and after the attack on the subway. Thank Him for the opportunity to continue the trip and to reach Saransk safely. Pray for the ministry opportunities in Saransk, that Jim and the team would be able to be a great encouragement to Pastor Victor Gretchka and other leaders there. Pray that the Saransk Baptist pastors will unite to serve the Lord together with active and effective evangelism. Pray for Jim’s strength, energy and wisdom as he had 7 meetings planned for Wednesday (I think, and it’s now past). Pray for Dustin and Dave that they would be strong arms of assistance to Jim as well as developing new relationships on their own.
Pray for safe travel for Mike Vanis and Tienette Ramos as they travel today.
More details in the morning.