bull_family_webWe welcome John and Karen Bull to our ‘family’.  The Lord is bringing growth through the relationships He is establishing.

John and Karen have become good friends of Stoneworks Executive Director Mike Cantrell, and through that relationship we sense the Lord calling us to work together. John and Karen are based in St. Petersburg, Russia.

They and their four kids (Katie, Melissa, Mark and Matthew) felt the Lord speak to them about moving to Russia in 2006.   After much prayer and seeking His ways, they were directed to St. Petersburg for a short term mission trip to work with a family home for graduated orphans.

As the Lord continued to work in their hearts, they started making strides in moving over to officially work with the family home. They arrived in September of 2008 and have been involved with MIR, Road of Life, orphan dormitory work, Child in Danger Shelter and several orphanages.

Their children have been home schooled so far, but will be taking the plunge into a Christian school environment in the Fall/Spring of 2009/10.   John studies at a local Russian language program and Karen will be home schooling the two boys this year as well as language learning.

Their work has several aspects:  assisting with other missionaries and supporting them, working in dormitories teaching life skills and English to graduate orphans, serving in marriage ministries in a local church, and continuing to learn the Russian language, all while seeking direction from the Lord in what He calls them to do.   God has been faithful in opening doors, establishing relationships and providing opportunities for ministry in the past and He will certainly continue.

They firmly believe and stand on Ephesians 2:10 which states “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”