Russia in May - With a British Diversion
|From Kathryn Ames
Whilst in the UK last month (May), Alan conducted talks in several
areas such as Devon, Oxfordshire, North Wales, to name a few.
Some of the churches in which the talks were held were very
small and so only held a small number of people, but Alan was
well received and many healings - spiritual and physical - occurred.
From England Alan and I travelled to St Petersburg where we
were grateful that Russia too was experiencing her summer season
and not winter. Again, the churches Alan spoke in were small
and with the aid of an interpreter the word of Jesus resounded
loudly, and seemingly everyone attending was able to understand
how our Lord has worked in Alan's life and can do the same in
the lives of the Russian people. Thanks to the kindness of one
of the priests Alan met, we were treated to a typical Russian
meal whilst at the same time enjoying very much the well renowned
From St Petersburg we journeyed through the night on a train
deep into the heart of the Russian countryside to a place called
Tver, a large industrial town. Here we were greeted by a priest,
a fellow countryman from New South Wales who, like Alan, was
a long way from home. Father made us very welcome at his presbytery,
which had a new wing under construction, and a new church which
was about three-quarters finished.
Meanwhile Alan conducted talks with the aid of an interpreter
in the old church, by far the smallest church he has ever spoken
in, which were attended by a large number of people. It was
very moving and at the same time very interesting when Alan
called for questions, because, again with the aid of an interpreter,
many people gave accounts of their live in Russia under Communist
rule and their stories told of hardships that we in Australia
couldn't begin to imagine.
One lady, for example, told us that, because of her unyielding
faith in Catholicism she was branded a harlot and suffered the
indignities such a label brings about. Another told of how many
of her relatives died through lack of food and at having to
endure severe winters without heating.
Tver was a place we'll never forget because it gave us a perspective
on how Russia would have been under Communism, hard working
people who struggled to survive in the biting winter temperatures
that often dropped to minus 42 degrees, the rigours of the land,
the loneliness and vastness of the countryside, and for a devout
people, what probably have been the worse trial of all, the
lack of freedom to proclaim the faith!
From Tver another train took us to Moscow, a huge city like
any other, bustling streets, shops filled with lots of food,
clothes, etc. We spent two days in Moscow where Alan gave a
talk to a group of Moscow University's intellectuals who had
read the book 'Through the Eyes of Jesus' prior to Alan's visit
and thus directed many in-depth questions to him, to all of
which the Holy Spirit had answers.
The same question-and-answer time followed a talk Alan gave
to a group of students at a Russian Orthodox School and again
the Holy Spirit delivered the goods, so much so that at Mass
the following day, one of the Russian Orthodox students attended
the service, something our American interpreter informed us
just does not happen.
The next day, Alan and I headed for the long trip home, tired
and in fact exhausted, but delighted that so many people, especially
the people of Russia, had heard the Lord's words. We were also
pleased with the many invitations Alan received for return visits.
Alan Ames Ministry