Friday, June 30, 2006

Hello, Mamazhenya

My cousin, Jenni, is about to leave for Russia to be a missionary. It has been so neat to see how God has led Jenni over the last 10 years or so preparing her for full time service. Jenni has such a big heart for the people and the country of Russia. She is bright, intelligent, and funny. She has a servant heart and most of all loves the Lord and wants to be used by Him.

She has her own blog. Check it out at :
If missions is near to your heart, please pray for her as she goes.

Jenni is the one in the middle in the picture. By the way, I am not sure where her blog name came from. Jenni, if you see this post, maybe you can comment!! :)


Karen said...

Merri, you two look a lot alike!! Is she on your Mom or Dad's side. I don't ever remember hearing her name when we were growing up.

Merri said...

Jenni is my mom's younger brother's daughter. She is 3 or 4 years younger than me. Even though we both lived in KC growing up, we didn't see each other more than a few times a year. You really think we look alike? :)

Karen said...

YES!! She looks a lot like your pictures in highschool - when your hair was longer and permed. Remember those days?

Merri said...

oh, baby, I do...I just asked Pun the other day if I should get another perm. HA!

Jenni said...

I just wanted to clear up the mystery! Mamazhenya is a nickname that I received from my first team of Cedarville students that I took to Russia in 2005. They started calling me Mama pretty quickly and Zhenya is the closest Russian name to Jenni. Well it stuck and now there are about 15 people out there (my two teams) that call me this. Those students had such a major part in my journey to Russia full time and I am very proud of that nickname!
On another note, I am so thankful that Aunt Carol's surgery went well! I am praying for you guys and for her!

Merri said...

Thanks, Jenni. I figured your name came from Russia somehow! So sorry we couldn't be at your farewell party, but we were thinking of you. We are so excited for your future and all that God will do in and through you in Russia. Please keep us up to date on your blog (hint, hint!!):)

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