Anna’s Testimony

Anna is a relatively new, but wonderful addition to our team. With a background in social work and orphan ministry, she brought the right heart to our ministry. Add to it a hunger for growth in “relevant” but biblical Christianity, we just had to partner up. Here is her story. I came to St. Petersburg…

Coach Ilya

It was my director, Mark Cathey who first told me about Ilya. In fact, I knew about Ilya years before he even thought about God, because Mark and Melinda have loved Ilya and his parents like family and talked about them to me for as long as I can remember. They were best friends and…

Follow my journaling

On this blog I usually comment on life and ministry here in Russia. For those interested more in my personal musings and reflections on life with Christ, there is a new opportunity. I have been invited to be a contributing blogger with Christian Leadership University, which is an honor to participate in. My two most…

Spreading relational viruses

In my old ages I’ve pretty much settled on one life message, but I can write, teach, or talk about it from a hundred angles. That message is looks something like this: We were made for relationship. We are most fulfilled in relationship. We are most productive in relationship. My message and my dream is…

Out a part. But not out a kopek.

To say that the health care system here is different than in the US is a major understatement. Here is our latest story: We had to take Simon in for abdominal pain in August. We went to the nearest emergency room where we had taken him a few months ago to get stitches. But after…

My Big 5-0

Kudos to my wonderful family for managing to hide from me and trick me into thinking that the one thing I most wanted for my 50th birthday was not going to happen – a surprise party. The ruse was laid well. We all went out Friday afternoon to a mysterious spot in the south of…

Time: a poem

Every once in awhile I try to expand myself out of my left-brained box, hopefully in cooperation with the Spirit. Here is my latest attempt, which I wrote one day while at our agency’s semi-annual conference. The challenge to us was to write a lament. Time How long is time for you, O Lord? What…