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 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 March 31st, 2016

Quick Link: Stoneworks Newsletter Our time in the USA is coming to a close. It’s been wonderful to spend the last several months with family and friends on this side of the ocean. Valerie has made closer relationships, Olga and I have been encouraged in many ways. We’re very thankful for having so much time […]

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Michael on May 9th, 2015

  Our return to Russia went smoothly. The flights went well, we had no problems crossing borders and are almost completely over our jet lag. After a few days in St. Petersburg, we went to dacha (above) to open up the house and get it ready for the summer. Our dacha (summer house) is about 250 […]

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Michael on April 20th, 2015

  Now THAT is a birthday picture. Valerie has just about the most birthday parties of any person I’ve ever seen. Even though her birthday is in July, we decided to throw a party now so she could share it with her friends here in Athens, GA. We met at my dad’s farm, and part […]

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Michael on September 27th, 2014

We’ve just arrived in Russia after a long and fruitful 3-week trip (8043km, 5026 miles total). We spent 2 weeks in Montenegro and then visited new ground in Romania and Moldova. In Montenegro, we were able to visit family, friends and ministry partners. It was great to encourage and be encouraged by our Christian family […]

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Michael on February 5th, 2014

As many of you know, we’re applying for US green cards for Olga and Valerie. We don’t intend to live in the States full time, but we feel like now is a good time to get green cards. Our lawyer just wrote saying that it may take another 5 – 9 months before we’d go […]

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Michael on January 26th, 2014

To Belarus and Beyond; All are Different, All are Loved; Faces of Sunbeam Winter finally arrived! We had a (relatively) warm December and early January, and now we have a good full-on Russian winter. This picture was taken by my friend Zhenya Koltakoff as we were exploring in the forests north of the city. As […]

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Michael on November 26th, 2013

Once again, it’s been a very full month since our last newsletter. We celebrated our 12th anniversary on Sunday. Tempus Fugit, eh? For our anniversary, a friend who works at the Four Seasons gave us a free pass to High Tea (thanks, Masha!). It was quite a treat. You can see how elegant it was […]

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Michael on October 20th, 2013

Well, well. Autumn is here and we put on winter tires just in time; we’ve just seen the first snow of the season. The picture above was taken a week ago at a park in St. Petersburg and many of the leaves have now fallen. It’s been a glorious Autumn. After a tremendous amount of […]

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