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…

Is this all just talk?

Over the years since first going into ministry in 1997 I have been involved in lots of kinds of ministry – counseling, coaching, spiritual formation at one end, and citywide coalition building, racial reconciliation, grant writing for ministry projects, prayer initiatives, pastor summits, training churches, with occasional preaching on the other. With age and experience,…

2020 Ministry Report

Each year we must give a report of our accomplishments to our sending agency, Novo, who then compiles them into a general report to give donors an idea of what God has been doing around the world through our nearly 600 staff who serve in 163 different countries. That report is available here. It’s always…