At the risk of offending some people by leaving them off, I’ll make a stab at giving a Russian ‘cast of characters’ to help minimize confusion —

Mike Cantrell: uhmmmm, me

Olga Cantrell: my wife, we married in 2001. She is the BEST!

Tanya Yaskevich: Olga’s mother

Alla Pavetic: Olga’s twin sister who now lives in Montenegro (see this post for the Montenegrin guide)

Orest and Ludmilla Groten (Grootten): Olga’s grandparents, Tanya’s parents, in the summers they live at ‘dacha’, an old log home in a village south of St. Petersburg.

StreetCry: Our church; too many good friends to list.  You can learn about it here.

MIR: The Russian charity I directed for several years and continue to support;  I’m still on the board. You can learn about it here.

Masha Oshkina: The MIR Executive Director, a good friend and a blessing to many.

Katya Plusnina, Tatiana Alvieva, Masha Mikhaylova, and many others: MIR staff members and good friends.

Zhenya and Olga Koltakoff: Family friends for years, Zhenya is on the MIR board and helps with Elama.

Kenneth Rundell: a British missionary who was a good friend, married a Finn and owned the cabin (Koppero) in Finland we visit, he passed away in early 2010; read more about him here.

Mike and Marina Rundell: Kenneth’s son and daughter-in-law, they own the land at Elama;  Mike is a British architect

I’ll stop for now and pick it up later.

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