I am from Moscow. I love my city and its people. I love the challenge of teaching in Moscow schools where even the little kids seem to know how privileged they are compared to the rest of the country. They are not shy to prove it. They ask tough questions. They share their experiences. They interrupt the teacher to make themselves heard and noticed. Not all of them, of course, but much of the time.[Read more…]
I am leaving for Russia tomorrow despite of all the «bad omens» following me for the last few days: one extracted (and still hurting!) tooth; two flat tires (in four days!); flight cancellation for my return from Siberia; and a dozen smaller ones. It must mean I am about to do something good, and that the forces of evil are not happy about it. Thanks to many prayers and especially thanks to the great reminder of the already being won which we celebrated last weekend – Orthodox Pascha! – I am very encouraged and feel empowered to make some inroads against the kingdom of darkness, and to extend the Kingdom of God and His light.
Due to the late Easter/Pascha this year, my trip falls at the end of the school year – the time for final projects, exams, and graduations. Only a couple of schools will let me meet their students and most of my audiences this time will be teachers, academia, church leaders, and clergy. Geographically, I will cross five of Russia’s eleven time zones to the city of Novokuznetsk in Central Siberia; and will also visit Yoshkar-Ola, Belgorod, and Tver to “follow-up” on the connections I made there during my February trip. Moscow is the only air hub in the country, and I will, therefore, be coming back there each time after going in those four different directions: East, North-East, North and South.
Three days in Moscow passed like one. Seeing and teaching to the same group of Kolomna Theological Seminary students whom I first met last October was very special. With my traveling schedule covering vast distances of Russia, I rarely see the same audience twice. This time my students met me as a good old friend and were not shy about asking personal and challenging questions. They wanted to see not only the historic and archeological evidence of the validity of the Bible, but also how it effected my own personal faith journey.[Read more…]
Voronezh is where Peter the Great built his fleet for the Azov Sea campaign. It could have been one of most picturesque cities of Central Russia if it were not nearly leveled during the battles for the Southern approaches to Moscow during the World War II. As with most old Russian cities, it is struggling now to save and to restore what is left of its history and tradition.[Read more…]
I have done eight events in two cities over the seven days since I landed in Russia. Unfortunately, two additional presentations had to be canceled at the last minute due to such “unforeseen circumstances” as the lack of coordination skills on the facilitators’ part, and – I have to admit it – my own forgetfulness.
Praise the Lord for opening alternative teaching opportunities along the way, but… There are no excuses.[Read more…]
I am leaving Minnesota tomorrow in the afternoon and can’t wait to see my first audience in St. Petersburg! In fact, my first event — two hours after landing at LED — will be a radio show and I will not be able actually to see my audience. Later that same day, however, I am teaching my first class at St. Petersburg Christian University on the “Historic Foundations of Christian Faith” — with full visual contact with real 3D students!
Please pray for a restful redeye flight, with smooth connections and transfers all the way.