Last week I went on an OCMC mission to Moldova, where we put on a youth camp. It was a good camp, with good students and volunteers, who I wish I could be friends with in “normal life,” and not only for a week. We played games, sang songs, prayed together, made crafts, hung out, and generally had a good time. Sometimes it was tiring … Continue reading Moldova

Courage: preliminary thoughts

I don’t particularly care for my own thought process. It’s cheering to know that most people who write and feel compelled to write about their writing feel similarly. It’s not so much that it doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to. Not so much that I can’t come up with a presentable enough essay, lesson or whatever in a week or so. It’s much more … Continue reading Courage: preliminary thoughts

Cross Cultural Experience

Perhaps where I’m going with this is that… the “cross cultural experience” does not begin in Moldova. It begins in dealing with the OCMC, because, based upon the materials they sent, there are nearly as many opportunities for cultural misunderstanding between me and them as there is between Georgians and I (and there’s a much greater cultural divide between myself and most short term protestant … Continue reading Cross Cultural Experience


It’s cold, snowy, and windy… again. So after a very grumpy day yesterday, involving nearly three hours on a cold and bumpy bus, I just stayed in today and huddled beside the heater with an e-book, a laptop, and herbal tea. I checked the weather report online, which thought that it was aroung 30 degrees, but felt like 17. It was kind of boring, and … Continue reading Update

The Triodion and a Mission

We’re half way through the Triodion, a three week liturgical cycle that announces the coming of Great Lent. Last week was the Sunday of the Prodigal Son, and the week before that the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee. We’re coming up on Judgement Sunday, followed by Forgiveness Sunday, which marks the beginning of Great Lent, which lasts for five weeks.  Those are the … Continue reading The Triodion and a Mission