More about timing: Most of my events on this trip were tied to certain conferences and retreats. As a result, I had very little flexibility in choosing my dates and routes. That said, some of my ministry partners felt at liberty to suddenly change their dates when they “discovered” that some of them “unexpectedly” fell during Passion Week before Easter. As a result, I will spend quite a bit more time traveling back and forth between Moscow and St. Petersburg on those overnight trains. On the other hand, I’ll be saving money on lodging and giving my host families in both cities a little break while I sleep on the train!
Apart from the “two capitals,” I will also be teaching in smaller cities within a 300 km radius around them – Gatchina, Ivanovo, Vladimir, and Dmitrov. Those events will include all three of my “target audiences”: secular school teachers, lay leaders (and clergy), and the general public—in about equal proportions. I am looking forward to helping them celebrate the Easter holiday as a remembrance of the real historical event, supported by evidence and delivered to us in the most reliable of ancient documents—the Bible, the Word of God!