Michael on February 9th, 2015

Goodness, it has been a LONG time since my last post. The time has flown by and much has happened. In early December we arrived in the USA. Olga received her US green card, and Valerie is now a US citizen (we applied for her US passport a few days ago). We’re now starting the […]

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Michael on August 3rd, 2014

July – what a good month. At Camp Elama in Russia we served with a team from Austin, Texas helping run a camp for at-risk mothers and their children, then we were at Camp Gideon in Estonia with a team from Athens, Georgia helping run a camp for children with disabilities (above). It was great […]

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Michael on June 14th, 2014

 This may not look significant, but it’s a big step forward. Earlier this week, Sergei Tovstopyat and I built an outhouse for flush toilets (!) at Camp Elama. This has been a big need ever since we opened the camp. We’ve been using the very old outhouse that was originally built for the Soviet youth […]

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Michael on July 3rd, 2012

Last week we were at Camp Elama (in Russia), and this week we’ve been at Camp Gideon (in Estonia). Yan and Nadya Boldyrev made a video slideshow of our camp in Russia. We had a GREAT time there with Russian campers and an American team from Teen Mania. Jon & Denise Riley and their children […]

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Michael on May 14th, 2012

We had a work day at Elama on Saturday. It was cool and rainy, so we didn’t get as much work done as we’d hoped, but we had a great time of fellowship together. Elama will host quite a few people this summer. I’m now in Montenegro, awaiting the arrival of a mission team. The […]

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Michael on May 4th, 2012

Yesterday Sergei and I went to Elama, our camp about an hour north of St. Pete. It’s time to start opening it up, and yesterday among other things we connected the primary part of the water system to be sure things are working. We also met with some workers who will clear some land and […]

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Michael on February 27th, 2012

I just had to share these — Sergei Tovstapyat is a good friend and the Administrator of Camp Elama, our summer camp north of St. Petersburg. He just posted a couple of pictures from last summer of the lake at Elama. As you see, it can be breathtaking. We’re now planning our summer at Elama. […]

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Michael on July 28th, 2011

This was nice: All Nations Church had their camp at Elama last week. They posted this picture online with the following message — We would like to thank Michael and Olga Cantrell and Sergey Tovstopyat for help in providing the place for this wonderful camp. We were truly blessed, we had a good time in […]

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Michael on November 28th, 2010

Winter has arrived in St. Petersburg. We’ve had quite a bit of snowfall over the past few days (see our car below). The city is beautiful as we continue to press on in our life and work. Here is an update about a few items — MIR hopes to send 39 children on the hosting […]

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Michael on October 18th, 2010

In early 2008, I was offered some land and old buildings in Russia to use as a Christian Camp. This has become known as Camp Elama. For the past three summers, we’ve been fixing it up and have hosted many camps there. This fall is the first time we’re also having ‘non-summer’ camps. Hopefully we’ll […]

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