Russia 2010 Day 8 – First Class Interloper

Jan. 11, 2010 – Late Jan. 10, I packed by bags for the long journey home. We planned to leave for the airport by 8:45 a.m. the next morning. Our time in Moscow passed more quickly than expected; full days made time fly. My bags were stuffed with dirty clothes and souvenirs; my heart was filled with joy and memories. During our entire time in … Continue reading Russia 2010 Day 8 – First Class Interloper

Christmas in Moscow Day 7 – Church at the Vet’s Office

Jan. 10 – Our Last Full Day in Moscow – On Sunday, our team split into to three groups to attend different churches in the Moscow area. I went to a church in northwest Moscow with three other team members. It was located near the last stop on the Green Line of the Metro. The church is named after the area in which it is … Continue reading Christmas in Moscow Day 7 – Church at the Vet’s Office

Christmas in Moscow Day 6

Jan. 9 – Russia capitalism – Saturday was our souvenir shopping day, so at 9 a.m. we walked to the large, outdoor souvenir market and flea market (Izmailovo Market) near our hotel. This is the biggest market of its type in the city. Some of the buildings are built to look like the Moscow Kremlin, others resemble old, wooden Orthodox churches and summer cabins. It … Continue reading Christmas in Moscow Day 6

Christmas Day 5 Part 2

Jan.8 — Christ the Savior Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral and Red Square After lunch we were off to see Christ the Savior Cathedral. The original building was built to commemorate the Russian victory over Napoleon. Stalin destroyed the original building 1931 to build a massive monument to Communism. The structure would have been topped with a colossal 328 ft. tall statue of Vladimir Lenin. The Russian … Continue reading Christmas Day 5 Part 2

Christmas in Moscow – Day 5 Part One

Jan. 8 – Kremlin Tour Day five of our journey (Day four in Moscow) may have been the most difficult day physically. It was our tourist day. Touring is a difficult task, especially after so many busy days of mission work. We left the hotel at 9 a.m. and returned about 10 p.m. A good portion of the day was outside. And guess what … … Continue reading Christmas in Moscow – Day 5 Part One

Christmas in Moscow Day Four

Jan. 7 – Christmas Day Our task for Thursday was our most difficult yet. We were asked to give away flyers about Dedication Church and the church’s upcoming outreach service Jan. 9 near the Metro (subway) stop. Because of the language barrier, this would be a tough task under any conditions. The weather created yet another barrier – the temperature was low, the wind chill … Continue reading Christmas in Moscow Day Four