Koppero

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 […]

Continue reading about A Need for Balance

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 […]

Continue reading about A Drive Near Hauho

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 […]

Continue reading about Familiana: at Koppero

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. […]

Continue reading about A Postcard from Finland

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 […]

Continue reading about Snapshots from Finland

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 […]

Continue reading about Snapshots from Finland

Michael on August 6th, 2011

We are in Finland for a few days. It’s lovely here. Two friends from the US (Mary and Sarah Walsh) will arrive in Finland on Monday and spend a couple of days with us before we all drive back into Russia. Yesterday I made a video of my drive through the country. (The Finnish voice […]

Continue reading about A Drive in Finland

Michael on June 13th, 2011

Three quick pictures: Valerie got hold of our camera and made some interesting pictures, including this self-portrait: She also used her little shovel as a microphone, singing and dancing in the yard: And we had a classic Finnish sunset:

Continue reading about Snapshots from Finland

Michael on November 6th, 2010

This was the view outside this morning here in Finland — wet snow,  but it didn’t stick.

Continue reading about Snow At Koppero

Michael on October 4th, 2010

Here are some higher quality pictures of dawn in Finland (plus a favorite of Violeta on the lake). I bought a new point and shoot that takes pretty good pictures. Click on the thumbnail to see the cropped, higher quality picture.

Continue reading about Finnish Dawn