Can one travel all over Russia while staying within the same time zone? I will attempt to do exactly that as I take off for my November-December teaching trip this afternoon. My geography this time will be limited to only three cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg and Tver (half way between the other two) – on the same straight line stretching through almost half of the country – South to North. No jetlags, no cultural adjustments – piece of cake.
Well, some adjustments will have to be done as I will, as always, address sometimes very different audiences in terms of their openness to the Gospel message and their different religious backgrounds. I will be teaching a class in Missions 101 at a Russian Orthodox Seminary to future priests and share my faith with general public in the city history and arts museum. I will train public school teachers (mostly non-believers) in using the historic evidence for Christ in their classrooms and I will preach at a Pentecostal church. I will have an informal Q&A forum with a Baptist youth group and I will speak to the unknown radio audience on the matters of rational foundations of Christian faith via a Catholic radio channel. Our material – FaithSearch Discovery – allows for such a variety of formats and target audiences due to its non-denominational nature and its extremely flexible and easily adjustable media. I am looking forward to these challenging and exciting experiences!
I am thankful for being able to spend this Thanksgiving Day with my family and I want to thank all of you, my dear ministry partners, for the honor of being your missionary to my home country and to the people of Russia!