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…

Mission to North Siberia – the Land

This post is part 2 of my mini series on the 10-day trip I took with my son Kerith in August of 2021. In part 1 I described the road we took to get to our destination, because yes, the road itself deserves its own post. Here I want to go into the land itself…

Mission to North Siberia – the “Road”

This post is part 1 of a short series on a 10-day trip I took with my older son Kerith this summer to a remote land and ethnic groups of northern Siberia. As will come as no surprise, it was an unforgettable experience that will inform my thoughts and feelings on ministry for years to…

The Gift of Team

If I had a battle cry, it would probably be, “Give me a team, or give me death!” Ever since learning the value of teamwork and the essential value of the Body of Christ as a real functioning organism while a camp counselor in 1988, I have been on a quest. It reached its peak,…

I’m a Native!

Want proof? Here is the official statement I got today (translated by yours truly for your convenience): The Commission of the Headquarters of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region for the recognition of foreign citizens or those without citizenship as native Russian speakers. DECISION April…