Dueling ministry leaders

It was one of those “bad Russia days” as we call them. This time it was related to the fact that the ministry God has called me to looks very different from what Russians are used to, and Russians don’t like new things. As a result, opinions across the Christian community are divided over me.…

RealTalk update

I have written about RealTalk and its history before, but it needs an update. RealTalk is the seminar that I have made nothing less than the flagship course for my entire ministry. That’s a lot of pressure for one little seminar, but I think it’s that important and pivotal. I come to this position after…

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…