Last Wednesday I arrived in Arkalik with several students. We arrived by train at 7:30 a.m. but I could tell immediately that the day would be warm…that turned out to be an understatement! As the day got longer, the temperatures got hotter. Eventually, settling on around 93-95 degrees!

While I am somewhat used to these temperatures, remember, I haven’t lived in Texas for 3 years and so I am not as used to the temperatures as I used to be. The rest of the week was the same…hot, hotter, and still hotter.

Monday, before I got on the evening train to return to Karaganda, the temperature hit above 100! However, a few believers took me on an excursion to a man-made mountain (from left over excavating) range. We drove up as far as we could and then walked the rest of the way. After getting to the top, we found two lakes with beautiful green-blue water. WOW! It was incredible and quite windy!

The young people had never been there either. They took me because on Saturday I preached at a service and used an analogy of sometimes our contentment is like being on a roller-coaster. They wanted to take me to their “Arkalik roller-coaster!” It was great to spend time with them…

While the temps were rather HOT, the fellowship was sweet!