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SNOW and more SNOW

Snow has been falling everyday here now for 4-5 days. Most of the time it’s just a little. When I arrived back in Karaganda on Tuesday evening, the snow was falling and everything was covered in white again. It was all so nice. By the time I went to bed it had stopped but when […]

The JOYS of Bus Rides…(NOT!)

Long distance bus rides are never fun, even in America. I have ridden the bus on numerous occasions in America and a couple of times in the former Soviet Union. I prefer to take the train here, but there are times when the bus does get you there faster. I traveled to Astana, the capital […]


I met Alosha last summer during our church’s youth camp. He is 17 now, but at the time he was 16 and hooked on drugs. We had long conversations about his addiction (which of course he didn’t see it that way). My wonderful pastor, Valodia, was able to finally get him to check in to […]

It's Spring, isn't it???

Well, I’m a Texas boy, 100%. So, when I was asked to come to Karaganda I immediately went on the internet to see what the temps were. In December I found the temps to be around -10 to -15 f. In January much the same with snow in the forecast often. I’m a Texas boy […]


Well, today I sent the notice that I had a new website. I owe a HUGE debt of gratitute to Steve Blackwood. He does this for missionaries around the world. He had almost completed my site before I moved to Karaganda, so he had to undo a lot of what he already had done. I […]


Well, after almost 2 years I finally got to play some basketball. I won’t call what we played a “game” since they had their own rules. There were no fouls called, double dribble (what’s that!). We got to the gym, dressed and within the first five minutes of playing I stepped on another players foot. […]

Week of March 14

PRIORITY: PRAYER Week of March 14, 2005 Thank you for taking time to pray for these requests. PRAISES: We have rented an apartment in Temirtau which will serve as a ministry base for the new church plant. The apartment is located near the center of the city. There are thousands of people living in the […]

Worship in any language

Sandy Patti (who remembers her?) sang a song about 15 years ago called Love In Any Language. I thought about that song today as I went to a church service in Karaganda. Some Korean friends invited me to go with them. A Korean family here has started a Baptist church. It was very uplifting to […]

Speaking Russian to whom?

Kazakhstan has numerous nationalities living here. Some people work and own businesses, others are planting indigenous churches, etc. I have met some Koreans in Karaganda. They actually took care of the apartment I live in while no one connected with our mission was here. They paid the bills, etc. They wanted to come over last […]

Half-way Pravaslavna…?

As I was studying recently for a Baptist History class I taught at the Bible Institute, my memory was refreshed on the Half-Way Covenant. This was the idea that if a child was baptized in infancy, they were regarded as members of the church to which their parents belonged. This was the practice in the […]