Russia

Michael on October 19th, 2017

We’re getting deep into the Autumn and I haven’t given an update about the summer. So, here goes – We did a LOT of work on dacha this summer. Actually, we hired a crew to do most of it — new siding on the back part of the building, a new veranda, new windows for […]

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Michael on October 10th, 2017

We live in the city center and are very thankful we get to see such a lovely city every day. People who live in the suburbs don’t see the old city nearly as much as we do. This video is a great view of our hometown –  

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Michael on May 25th, 2017

I’m finally able to post to the website. Our site was hacked and it took quite a while to clean up all the files and get things ship-shape. Last Sunday after church we went for a walk in the Summer Garden here in St. Petersburg. Spring is finally (pretty much) here, and it was nice to […]

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Michael on August 26th, 2016

We recently concluded our Stoneworks All-Ministries Conference. We met at Camp Gideon in Estonia. While the weather wasn’t so great the fellowship was wonderful. All our partners attended except for Liz Sukhovskaya who was in the USA about to have a baby. Stoneworks board members Jill Tyson, Kirk Wassmann, Larry Heller and Mike Cantrell also […]

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Michael on June 4th, 2016

We’ve been busy working at dacha (news about that soon), and on short notice we came into the city for Valerie’s piano recital. She’s been studying with a really great teacher and has a talent for the piano. We’re just about to move into the very busy time of the summer. I will make a […]

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Michael on April 16th, 2016

After recovering from jet lag and getting settled, a few days ago I went to Estonia to get my car. My car is registered in Estonia and ‘hibernates’ there when we’re in the States. While in Estonia I had good meetings with the leadership of Sunbeam and Camp Gideon, and I had a great meeting in […]

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Michael on April 4th, 2016

We’ve just arrived safe and sound in Russia. Our trip over was uneventful and we had no problems at passport control when we entered the country. As you can see, though, our suitcases exploded when we got home! Now we need to bring order to what was an orderly apartment when we walked in. We’ll […]

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Michael on March 10th, 2016

Valerie has a weekly piano lesson. Her teacher is in St. Petersburg, Russia while we sit in Athens, Georgia. It’s actually a pretty good arrangement. We use Skype for the call, so Valerie and the teacher can see and hear each other. It works well. We do this because, interestingly, the Russian names for notes […]

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Michael on July 10th, 2015

Valerie Cantrell was baptized yesterday at Camp Elama, north of St. Petersburg, Russia. Sergei Tovstopyat and I performed the baptism, and we had a ‘cloud of witnesses’. Valerie has been asking to be baptized for a while. After talking with her about what it means, we all felt the time was right. She has committed […]

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Michael on June 19th, 2015

Our time in the States is coming to an end. Olga and Valerie went to Russia on Monday and I will go to Russia tomorrow. This has certainly been a bittersweet visit. It has been great to see so many family and friends, and Mom’s funeral went as well as anyone could hope. After the […]

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