Encouragement

I continue my series of posts based on material from my courses. I do this to give you an idea what we are covering, but it does a poor job of giving you the experience itself, because the theory is actually a small part of the process. Oh well, I hope the theory gives you…

Course lesson: Real Talk

I decided should start sharing excerpts from my course with you, first to better inform you what I am up to, secondly for feedback as I constantly am working to improve it, and third, in order to sew seeds for starting a group somewhere other than Russia one day. the following excerpt is from the…

Faith in Russia: What Does It Mean?

This article is copied from Christianity Today. It’s an unusually well-done piece because of its good understanding of the situation here in terms of religious freedom. Brian C. StillerĀ is Global Ambassador of The World Evangelical Alliance. Image: pixabay After brief instructions from the Lutheran Archbishop Dietrich Brauer, we processed up the center aisle of the…

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…