600th post

This is my 600th post in a 3+ years.  It has been an interesting time.  I started this blog in February 2005 when I first moved to Kazakhstan.  At the time it was a new way to keep people informed of how God is moving in distant lands, far removed from America.

With the internet now, it is possible for instant communication.  I have a Vonage phone and can call family and friends with a US number.  I can send emails instantly to ask for prayer, check on someone’s health and through the internet I can order flowers, pay bills, etc.  I have spoken to RA’s and GA’s through Skype and even did a video interview recently for a Louisiana church.

So, life as a missionary has changed quite dramatically from those days when Lottie Moon lived in China.  I stand amazed at how God is using mass media to reach the masses!

It has been almost one year since I moved permanently to Karaganda.  I am so content with live here.  As I type this, I am sitting in my kitchen with the window shades open.  It is 6:30 p.m. and people are talking walks through the city.  Traffic isn’t bad, trees have bloomed and people have shed their long coats for shorts.

Speaking of traffic, I want to say a BIG thank you for those who stop by and check out the website. I don’t update it as often as I would like, but am going to make a concerted effort to do so for the next 3 months!

Recently I found out some stats on the traffic here on the site.  I was surprised (too say the least) of what I found out.

Thus far in 2008, there have been over 4,000 visitors to the site.  There have been almost 12,000 visits.  Where do most of the visitors come from?  Well, most are from the US.  However, here is just a taste of some of the other countries… Spain, Russia, Canada, Germany, Great Britian,  Australia, Israel,Hungary, Czech Rep, China, South Kore, Brazil, Mexico and lots of other European countries.

Some people find the site through Google, Yahoo and other search engines.  However, most people come to the site because they have it bookmarked.  There were more than 1,500 visitors during the month of March (the record thus far)!

Again, I want to say thank you for stopping by, praying for and supporting the ministry in Kazakhstan.  Please continue to do so!  Please feel free to leave a comment to let me know where you are from!

24 thoughts on “600th post

  1. Yarping that all is well with you. Keep up the great work. Also with the great looking website.

    Looking Up!

  2. Joe,

    I pray God will continue to bless you as you serve him in Kazakhstan. Happy 600th!


  3. 600th blog!! I knew you would never run out of things to say. I’m thankful for the Internet and your Texas phone number. It’s great to see how God is using you.

  4. Joe: Seems like a “visit from home” to read your website and comments. The time we spent together in Lugansk is one of the spiritual highlights of our lives………..God bless you and all your efforts there…….We love You….Al and Carolyn

  5. Life in K-stan seems to be going well. You have to LOVE technology. Makes it great for those of us left State Side. Soak up the spring.

  6. Hi Joe, Congratulations on your 600th post. That’s a lot!!! Enjoy your weather–we’re getting temps in the 90s already 🙂 Summer hit with a vengeance 2 days ago. Things are going well. Thanks for being our friend & staying in touch. Love in Christ, Cathy

  7. Congrats on 600 blog posts!!! Wow, you’ve been busy!
    It’s great to have your site available, and so current. I have tought our RA/GA’s how they can contact missionaries and find out about them by using your site as our guide. I take them through step by step, and they are fascinated.
    Thanks! You help out more than you know with our Wednesday nights!

  8. Hi Joe,

    Always a joy to read your Web page. We are always praying for you and your work. God bless you!

  9. It’s so cool that I can know what is happening with you frequently by reading your blog. I have a blog for my family and use it for the same reasons-so those who love my family can stay up to date, see photos and watch videos of my kids.

    Thanks for reminding me to view your blog. I enjoy reading it!

  10. Hey Joe, congrats on the 600 posts! But I have to wonder if you just didn’t notice when 500 went by. ;>

    Here’s to another 600!

  11. It’s wonderful that you are doing so well with your postings. They are so interesting to me, especially since we probably will never get to come see you over there. We know you are where God wants you to be.

    Congratulations! Keep up the good work, and we know you will be blessed abundantly!.

  12. Hi Joe! I am on the phone with Deneen and she says thanks for the flowers and remembering her birthday. She also says she will be talking to you soon.
    “Flowers did not have desired effect just yet.”
    Congrats on 600th! Still praying for you and raising an 8 year old little girl.
    In Christ’s Love,
    Heather P

  13. Yousef –

    You are commended by party for 600th blogsky. You are welcome in our democratik republik as one who bring culture, enlightenment, and delightful chocolate chip cookie to our beautiful land.

    Comrad G. B. Maklinovich

  14. Greetings from Harmony Baptist in Crystal Springs, Mississippi – I read your emails and keep up with your work. This website is great and I’ve got you on my prayer list. Remember the pianist at Harmony when you visited and spoke at our church – that’s me. Keep up the great work for Christ and I love reading your emails and this website. Blessings. Peggy

  15. Great website – love your emails – keep them coming. Will continue to keep you on my prayer list and hope God blessed you continuously in your life and you work for Him. Peggy
    (Pianist at Harmony)

  16. Joe,
    Thanks for all that you do!! I love the website & love to read your entries, it’s almost like being there when you describe places, people etc.. I am a member of Maple Heights Baptist Church in Fairborn OH where you came to speak about K-stan(Chris Tanreuther is our pastor). You are in my prayers and thoughts. Congrats on the 600th post! Your friend in Christ,
    Barb :*)

  17. Thanks to all those who stopped by. I wrote a couple of times in response, but somehow, the comments got lost.
    By you standing in the gap, I am able to do what the Lord has called me to do.

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