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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Michael on September 19th, 2013

So, what is my life like in my role at Stoneworks? Here’s a small look at recent events: In late August, my family and I drove from Russia to Montenegro. For ten days, I was with a team from the US looking at some land (at left) we hope to purchase for a camp; I’ll […]

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Michael on February 22nd, 2013

Everything is in great shape at Sunbeam. I’m visiting Estonia for few days and just had a nice meeting there. The video below is of the Green Room, where most of the work has been done recently. God has built a good team of leaders. I’m very happy to partner with board members Artur Põld […]

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Michael on January 25th, 2013

I drove to Estonia from St. Petersburg yesterday. I thought people might be interested to see a little of what it is like. I enter a village at the 35 second mark.

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Michael on January 6th, 2013

Forest Beast Soup. We had our first bowl yesterday. Made with Elk and Boar meat (and perhaps a few other things) it was quite filling and had a bit of a kick. We’re in Estonia for few days with Olga’s mother and grandmother. We had our Forest Beast Soup in Tallinn (above) in the medieval […]

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Michael on November 3rd, 2012

We are VERY happy to announce that Sunbeam has received a grant for €40,000 ($52,000). In addition, donors from American recently gave $12,000 (€9,250) for the completion of renovations on one group room. Based upon these funds, we hope to have children in the program on Dec 1. There is still a lot of work […]

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Michael on June 7th, 2012

Actually the picture above was taken in Estonia last week, but I’m now in Russia. It is a field of rapeseed (canola) located very close to the Gulf of Finland. While in Estonia, I attended the Open House for Sunbeam, the center for children with disabilities we are opening in Jõhvi. Click here for pictures […]

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Michael on April 10th, 2012

I was in Tallinn today for a few reasons. I had a very good visit with my friend Heikki, I picked up my new Russian visa (!), and I met Beth Shanklin at the airport. Beth is a neuro-developmentalist who will be helping us establish Sunbeam; she’ll have a series of meetings with the leadership […]

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Michael on June 9th, 2011

This involves a bus, a plane, a van and a ferry. It started on Sunday — I’ve been looking to purchase a used mini-van for use as our ministry in Europe expands. Our little red car is getting a little long in the tooth, and I felt that the time may have come to find […]

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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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