Our last week in Russia

Here are Diana’s collection of thoughts and events that rushed by us on our last 10 days in Russia. It’s Friday morning, March 4th here in Chachak, Serbia. We have been here for 24 hours, and Russia has been waging war on Ukraine for just over a week. Many of you are eager for news…

What is the real foundation of relationships?

Every teaching has its own built-in unintended impact. Because our training here in Russia is always in the form of trainings, we get to constantly evaluate what kind of impact and improve the material. And if we have put in hundreds of hours in developing the material, then we have put in thousands of hours…

Are you fighting sin, or God?

Are you Fighting Sin, or God? This post is the second of two posts on the subject of how Christian “culture” can be infected with screwball values. In part one I described how Christians accept poor listening as normal, without realizing the seriousness of the spiritual issues involved in allowing poor listening to be the…

The Problem with Bad Hearing

Here in Russia we work with churches and church leadership as part of our calling to help strengthen the Body of Christ for influence on society. We not only train pastors and church leaders, we sometimes provide direct counseling and coaching services to leaders. I bring this fact up to say that serving churches helps…

Love vs. Fear

I came across a quote recently that amazed me from one of the most famous psychologists of the 20th Century, Elisabeth Kubler Ros: “There are only two emotions: love and fear. All positive emotions come from love, all negative emotions from fear. From love flows happiness, contentment, peace, and joy. From fear comes anger, hate,…

My interview on Youtube

Besides all the questions folk back home ask about ministry, I get peppered the most about the basics of living life in Russia. Well, an opportunity presented itself recently that was too good to refuse. An Italian man named Davide living here as well has his own Youtube channel where he shares about life here…

Mission to North Siberia – the Impact

This is the final part (6) in my mini series about my trip this summer to nowhere you ever heard of in Siberia. When I think about the impact this summer’s trip had, I have to evaluate it in terms of my own aspirations for it. I had two goals – an amazing memory with…

Mission to North Siberia – the Nomads

Irina accompanied us on all our ventures into the wild to visit her friends in the “chums” (чум, pronounced choom) – which are the traditional teepee-type tents that Nenets live in. First, I need to tell you how we got there. As the crow flies, the two homes we were to visit were only 7km…

Mission to North Siberia – the Village

This post is part 3 of 5 about my trip this summer (August, 2021) with my oldest son to a part of Russia and a people of Russia that were completely foreign to me until now. One of the blessings of knowing Russian is how many people speak it as a second language – over…