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This afternoon I went for a walk. While I was out I decided to go look for a coat to wear over my suit for spring as the other coat I have is for heavy duty cold weather. After looking, I began the trek home. I noticed a young man walking near me and then […]


Never heard of this celebration? Why not? It says that it is International. Well, this celebration takes place on March 8 every year in parts of Europe and Asia. It honors women, whether married or not. Today, I was in the local shopping center and it was packed with shoppers. Many of the perfume and […]

Almaty Bible Institute

Last week I had the honor and privilege to teach at the Institute. I was scheduled to teach Baptist History in America. I had done a lot of research on the internet due to not having any text books here. The students were in the pastoral and missionary departments and came from all over Kazakhstan […]

Grocery Shopping Taken to New Heights!

When I flew into Almaty in January, I spent 2 days there attending a conference before I flew onto Karaganda. I didn’t get to see much of Almaty due to the conference. However, there was one place my supervisor didn’t want me to see. I didn’t know why so I didn’t think too much about […]

Valentine's Love is in the Air

I walked to the local “mall” this evening just to people watch. It’s interesting to see that as each year passes, the people here adopt more of our “western” holidays. Of course they also continue to recognize their own holidays (many held over from Communism or Orthodoxy), so it is one BIG holiday here! When […]

Whether to weather the weather

Blizzards and other things related Since arriving, I have been told by numerous people that the worst weather months in Karaganda are February and March. It seems that as the weather begins to warm (I use this term figuratively) into the single and low teens, the wind picks up as does the snow and they […]

ENGLISH… What's That?

ADJUSTMENTS I guess the biggest adjustment thus far has been not speaking English. To date, I haven’t met anyone in Karaganda that is a native English speaker. So, since I left Mick and David in Astana on Monday evening, I haven’t spoken but a couple of words in English (most of them to myself). I’m […]

First Impressions

Well, the move to Karaganda, Kazakhstan is complete, for now. Most of my personal belongings are still in Kiev. This is a temporary assignment until I sense whether or not the Lord wants me to move permanently to Kazakhstan. The apartment where I live is in a great location…right in the center of the city. […]

Bush's State of the Union

The apartment where I live has cable TV and CNN is on the system, so I was able to watch the President’s message live. How great is that! Living overseas, a person feels disconnected from life in the US so it is great to be able to witness events like this take place…live on TV […]