Finland

Michael on August 26th, 2014

There is a gate on the lane leading to the little cabin where we stay in Finland. One of Valerie’s chores, assigned a couple of days ago, is to open the gate when we come and go. She enjoys it, and she’s almost a perfect counterweight for the counterweight . . . . She actually […]

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Michael on August 24th, 2014

In case you haven’t heard, the ministry I direct, Stoneworks International, has a new partner in Montenegro. The R.A.E ministry in Montenegro serves the Roma & Ashkali/Egyptian population in Podgorica. Roma and Ashkali refugees from Kosovo live in ‘temporary’ housing that was built many years ago. The refugee camp is built on the site of an […]

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Michael on April 29th, 2014

We just returned from a nice visit to Finland. A friend has a small log cabin that we can visit just about any time we want. (Thank you, Juhani!) We’ve been going there for quite a few years now. The weather was great – cool and sunny – though the leaves aren’t out yet. The […]

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Michael on February 28th, 2014

A few times in the last week I’ve spoken with people about one of God’s characteristics: he is able to do more than we can ask or even imagine. Not too many years ago I would not have imagined enjoying time in a little, primitive cabin in Finland. Now it’s a source of great joy. […]

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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 January 3rd, 2012

Finns are amazing. Here are some beneath the ice views from beautiful lake Saarijärvi in Vaala, Finland. (In case you don’t get what’s going on, watch to the very end.)

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Michael on October 15th, 2011

Since our last Postcard we’ve been all over Europe. At the end of August we drove from Russia to Montenegro (you can see a photo record of the trip here). The picture above was taken when we gassed up in Augustow, Poland. We spent almost a month in Montenegro, visiting family, friends and ministry partners. […]

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Michael on October 8th, 2011

Before getting to the pictures, I wanted to add a couple of links about recent ministry in Belarus and Russia. I’ve been in Finland for a few days, staying at a little cabin called Koppero. The weather has been great, and I’ve been tucked away working. It’s a mix of high-tech and low-tech: no running […]

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Michael on October 5th, 2011

I’ve just arrived in Finland after taking the ferry from Estonia. I’ll be here a few days before heading back. It’s beautiful in Finland now, the heart of autumn.

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Michael on August 9th, 2011

Mary Walsh and her daughter Sarah arrived yesterday. I met them in Helsinki and then we drove up to Koppero. It’s good to have them here. We return to Russia tomorrow and then go on to Estonia on Sunday. We went looking for mushrooms and ended up with berries: Valerie enjoys the lake: And as […]

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