“It’s a Boy!” – Elder Addis has a ‘Greenie’

November 19, 2008

A couple of weeks ago in Elder Addis’ email he informed us that he would be training his first and probably only ‘greenie’.  His new charge is Elder Buscov and they’ve been companions now for 3 weeks or so.  Elder Buscov is a Russian native .  He joined the Church roughly two years ago and decided to serve a mission against the wishes of his entire family.  I can’t imagine what it would be like to serve a mission knowing that your family isn’t supportive.

But the coolest thing of all about Elder Buscov is that he is exactly the type of missionary Russia needs right now.  Some of you may remember that Elder Addis’ district was delayed in their travel to Russia due to visa issues.  Well in the past six months these ‘visa issues’ have only grown more severe.  American missionaries in Russia must travel outside of the country every three months to renew their visas.  This is costly and disruptive to the work.  So the Church decided that for the time being they will no longer call North American missionaries to Russia.  This is leaving many of the Russian missions understaffed.  The burden now falls on the native Russian.  There are wonderful stories of Russian members stepping up to the plate and serving full time missions.  Elder Buscov is just one of hopefully many!

I’ve never met Elder Buscov nor do I know much more about him than what I shared with you – but I am proud of him for serving the Lord and serving the people of his Homeland in a capacity that he can only accomplish as a full-time representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!

I’ll be sure to point out pictures of Elder Buscov when we get some (but don’t hold you breath – we don’t get pictures that often!)

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