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.
“Blind as a bat.” Really?
That’s a myth.
Most bats can see as well as humans—and are even adapted to low-light like cats—and in color.
Where did the myth come from? Perhaps from the observation of their navigation at break-neck speed through total darkness.
Their unique echolocation ability is literally thousands of times more efficient than any similar system built by humans.
But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you…who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this…?
— (Job 12:7-9).
Source: Answers Magazine, March-April, 2019, Vol. 14, No. 2, p. 30
The first three days in Moscow, followed by five days in Siberia, were very intense! I cannot believe I am only one third of the way through my trip. Hopefully, my next four days back in Moscow will give me some rest – there I will have “only” one presentation per day and no more rides of 300 km on beaten-up, local Siberian roads.
I did my first FaithSearch Discovery event on the evening of my arrival in Moscow in the open audience setting of a very popular presentation hall in the center of the city. The room was packed beyond capacity and the Q&A session lasted almost as long as the presentation itself. The adrenalin rush from presenting straight off the airplane after 13 hours in the air helps to deal with the jet lag and tunes me up for the whole trip.
The following weekend was packed with presentations and travel outside of Moscow. As I learned a little later, it also kept me out of trouble in the city where riot police were catching random pedestrians during the protest demonstrations and marches on Saturday. I prefer traveling at will in Siberia.
And I did. Each day they took me to a different town or a youth camp to present for a variety of audiences: young and old; farmers and city intelligentsia; clergy and professionals. Those villages and small towns are rarely visited by speakers from outside the region, let alone somebody from a different continent. The reception was always very warm and people were very open to receiving the Gospel with Evidence, as well as sharing their questions and life worries.
The trouble is that in Siberia they don’t count distance in kilometers but in hundreds of kilometers, and their roads – outside of a few state highways – do not allow for any reading or sleeping. On most trips, I usually rest during travel – here I have to rest from it.
Schools and universities are only open for ministry during the school year. Churches and prisons – all year around. I will also be teaching in family camps, church leadership trainings, and Sunday school classes for a variety of socio-economic and age groups. My next trip will start tomorrow and I am looking forward to these exciting teaching opportunities in/around Moscow; the Omsk Oblast (region) in Western Siberia; and in the Republic of Moldova (including Transdnestria).
I will piggyback a short family vacation in Austria at the end of these three weeks of ministry. Your prayers will be greatly appreciated.