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.
I am flying at 40,000 feet over the steps of Kalmykia back to Moscow on a Russian made Sukhoy Superjet and praising God for the blessed time of teaching and preaching for the first half of my journey.[Read more…]
I will be leaving for Russia again tomorrow and I am very excited, especially by the variety of my audiences and the topics I will be presenting on through the trip:
Out of four days in Moscow, I spent two in Mozhaysk, where Russians gave a decisive battle to Napoleon in 1812. Located just over 100 km from Moscow, it is also know as a “prison capital of Moscow Region.” Back in the Soviet Union times a 101 kilometer perimeter around Moscow was drawn to resettle the criminal and political opposition element. My FaithSearch Discovery presentation at the Juvenal Detention Facility lasted about two hours but felt much, much longer, due to the emotional tension I had to overcome first. A little humor and some personal stories helped to melt the protective barrier of cold rejection and opened these kids’ hearts to the truth and love of Christ.