Devotionals

Michael on April 19th, 2014

The following letter was sent from Bishop Eduard Khegay and Bishop Christian Alsted calling the church to prayer concerning the difficult situation in Ukraine and how it affects Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Phil.1:2) In a time of turmoil and […]

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Michael on February 3rd, 2014

A good friend sent me a note yesterday. I had written to him, thanking him for his partnership and mentorship over the years as we’ve worked together in ministry. His letter was a great encouragement — At church I am in a 5 person rotation for leading opening hymns and prayers and scripture. I was […]

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Michael on August 13th, 2013

A friend, Shannon Taylor, recently posted an item that is a great encouragement to people who are leaving their home country to serve in Christian ministry: Seven Years Later… Today marks seven years from August 1, 2006, the day I boarded a plane and moved to Asia. What a ride it’s been – full of […]

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Michael on July 28th, 2011

As some of you know, we’re facing some hard times over here these days (in Russia, inspections and investigations; in Belarus, upheaval and difficulty; financial shortfalls everywhere). I sent an email to our team and thought I’d share it with you — ———– Recently I’ve been contemplating Hebrews chapter 12 and want to share a […]

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Michael on November 4th, 2010

Ten years ago, I left the U.S. on November 2 and arrived in Russia on November 3. I did not know how long I would be in Russia. All I knew is that I was to be part of a team to start a Russian charity (now known as MIR) and help run it for […]

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Michael on April 1st, 2010

This was recently posted by friends of our, Charlie and Miki Chastain.  I’ve known Luba for many years.  She faithfully serves women in prison in Ryazan (in picture below). I was a schoolteacher of history and a strong atheist. I taught my students that the religion had been a deception and that exploiters had devised […]

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Michael on March 1st, 2010

A friend recently sent this.  It expresses well our attitude towards service: True Service In his classic book Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster devotes a chapter to the discipline of service, modeled after the radical example of Jesus. In the following excerpt, he contrasts a self-serving version of service with God’s version, urging us to […]

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Michael on January 14th, 2010

Yesterday I had to run some errands down town, and decided to walk part of the way back home.  Just before the New Year we had a record snow fall since 1881, so much that the city almost came to a full stop for a few days.  Things are a little better now, but it […]

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Michael on December 9th, 2009

Here is the story of a young woman from our church in St. Petersburg, Street Cry: I am presently 26 years old. I come from Novorossiysk – a port on the Black Sea, but I have lived and traveled all over Russia. Together with my brother, I grew up in a family where our father […]

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Michael on December 1st, 2009

This was recently posted by some friends, Matt and Hope Hunt, who are currently in Morocco — —————– U2 was in Morocco last year to write some of their newest album and here is a music video that was shot here in the city where we’re studying Arabic.  I couldn’t help but see the symbolism. […]

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