Read and be encouraged and challenged.
Here are two paragraphs actually written by another believer with whom we worked in Siberia. He was writing about the 2nd camp in Siberia (which was our fourth and final camp.) He speaks their language, so he tells their stories better than I can. Steve Mousetis
“Dima, a budding young artist with talent in abundance made his way to our sports camp. He is an open young man, and shared with me his student life experiences thus far. As is par for young students, Dima had plenty of experience in the bottom of a bottle. After a number of those experiences, he told me he didn’t see the point anymore, and was eager for something real. After several days at our camp he told me ‘I see that God is real, and I want to meet him. Only, I want to go all in, I don’t want to hold anything back from him.’ Dima had heard at our camp that God was always ready to listen to someone who honestly opened his heart up to him. Dima told me, ‘I will prepare my heart, and to-morrow tell God everything.’ The next evening at a campfire on the banks of the Angara, Dima approached me and said, ‘God and I met, and it was like nothing I have ever felt before. My heart is filled with peace! I am extatic!’ As is ‘I AM,’ Dima, as is ‘I AM.’
“At the lunch table in the cafeteria … Katya told me about her life. She is from a city of 230,000 … down the river from (our town). It had been a tough year for her. Most of her friends had moved away, and she had gotten in a fight with her last remaining friend in town. She told me how she would go home from school and sit alone in her flat. She was sad, and lonely, so, Katya came to our camp looking for new friends. Katya and I talked about a friend who will never forsake you, who will always be there for her. She seemed keen to meet that friend. Two days later when I greeted Katya at our morning calisthenics, I noticed a new light in her eyes! Later that day I asked her, ‘Katya, your face is shining, have you met a new friend?’ “‘Yes! She beamed, ‘and I am very happy!’’”