A Cadillac for Christ

Today’s need is for a new project one of our team members is launching as soon as we can get some startup funds.Ilya has been with us for 3.5 years (that’s him above on the couch on the right) and came on to help us reach the younger generation. After an initial couple of early…

Interview with an old colleague

An old ministry colleague wrote me out of the blue a few weeks ago, asking if I would join him on the radio for an interview. I was honored, and we enjoyed the process. Here is some background on my relationship with the show’s host. I was in full-time ministry in Richmond, Virginia for 10…

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…