Elder Russell spent half of his preparation day searching the city of Karhkov for a turkey and then "lugging" the big bird by subway to the zone leaders apartment so it can be cooked for Thanksgiving Day dinner.
This Friday will bring a new companion to Elder Russell and he will not find out who his new comp is until that day. If I'm understanding things correctly, everyone goes to the mission home in Donetsk and new missionary assignments are made when all the missionaries are together. Elder Russell is disappointed that he will have only been Elder Rader's companion for a short 6 weeks. Since there are Native missionaries serving in the area, if Elder Russell were to get a Russian speaking missionary, his Russian would grow by leaps and bounds at a very fast pace.
The work has gone wonderfully well for their companionship this week! They held a 2 day open house and had over 40 people come through and were able to get referral's and a member contact. They have a teaching appointment with the member contact this week and they also were able to teach a discussion during the open house.
Dexter, the American military man, is continuing to make strides, and they are hoping for a baptism soon.
During this Thanksgiving season, we are thankful for Elder Russell's missionary service and the many blessings that it has brought to our family , and the blessings that our yet to come. We're especially grateful for dear family and kind friends who love and support our son! Have the Happiest of Thanksgivings!
The Russell Family