Four different presentations right off the overnight train from Moscow! I consider it a personal record. I started with two classes for 5th-graders on the validity of the Bible. It was fun and learning time. Fun for them and learning time for me – I forgot how much they are different from the 4th-graders and I had to quickly adjust my material to live up to their expectations. My last class in that school was for the 9th grade and that was again the whole different ball game – their critical thinking and interest in challenging every thing the teacher says kept me on my toes through the whole session.
My next audience (in the opposite end of the city) was only a few years older – cadets of the Military Medical Academy. But, again, what a difference in the way they listen and in the questions they ask. Some of them have already served in the army and even had combat experience. Thankfully, I was introduced to them by their chaplain-priest (also a Neurology professor) for whom they apparently had great respect and was able to build trust and to develop their interest in the FaithSearch Discovery material based on that very flattering introduction: “This is an elective course but I want you to take is as seriously as you can. You will need it when everything else you learn in this building may shake and even fail.”
At 6 pm I met my last audience on that long day – catechism teachers at the St. Petersburg Diocese Department of Christian Education. This was probably the easiest audience of all as they already knew most of the apologetics material in my presentation and all I needed to do was to show them and to train them in how it can be used in different settings – Evangelism outreaches, Bible classes, Sunday schools, missions projects, etc.
I am so glad my other days in St. Petersburg were not as crazy and I even had a chance to watch my first rugby game in a company of a minister from Wales, an Americas, a New Zealander, and another Russian guy. We (?) lost to England but in the meantime also had a chance to share our faith experiences and to develop some plans of doing ministry together.
I am taking a train for Moscow tonight and looking forward to my last three days of lessons, presentations, interviews and trainings there. From experience, they tend to pile up towards the end of the trip and I may still beat my own personal record.