These are some of my favorite people in the world. This is Jae and Rachel and their family. You can find out a lot more about them on their blog.
They are going to Russia to work as missionaries. They fly out in just a few days. I want to encourage all of you, especially those of you from the Five O'Clock Community, to pray for them. I know from experience that landing in a foreign country where one is going to live for the next however many months can be very challenging. Pray for their accommodation to the new culture, for easy language learning, and, especially, for some close friends to walk and work and fellowship with them there.
Jae and I grew up together in Bozeman, Montana. We spent many early mornings sharing our faith and prayer with one another while drinking coffee at Perkins. We headed up attempts to get the Bible clubs on our high school campuses to work together to share Jesus' message with more people. We even played in a band for a little bit. I am confident that God has amazing plans for Jae, his wife Rachel, and their daughters in Blagoveshchensk.
A few months ago, Jae and Rachel record an album of worship songs. They have it for free download on their blog here. Download, and remember to pray for them whenever it plays.