"Middle Days"

Ann Fuqua (Voronezh, Russia - day before Easter 2007) and... on March 31, 2018

Lord, what was it like for your followers, your believers who had left everything and followed you for three years? Their lives had been changed radically because of you.  They loved you passionately in their flawed imperfect lives.  But what was it like for Peter and James and John, Philip and the others?  For Mary and Martha and Lazarus who you miraculously raised from the dead and now all stood facing the reality (surreal) of your death.  Their Lord.  Their Christ.  What was it like for your mother Mary as she agonized over watching your crucifixion?  What was it like...

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Why orphans, why us?

Robert Fuqua, Voronezh, Russia, 2010, and... on March 30, 2018

(This is the first of two articles posted in 2010, which still reflect well the heart of our life's work, and more accurately the work God continues to do in Voronezh, Russia, after we've now transitioned back stateside.  I've post-dated them here to bring them to the top of our blog, along with Ann's article above, as they were also written in the context of Easter.) After fourteen years of working at this thing called "orphan  ministry" I still often find myself asking the same questions.   Why orphans, and why us?  Why does God care so much about orphans in...

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Subjected to futility, or reflecting His glory?

Robert Fuqua, Voronezh, Russia, 2010, and... on March 30, 2018

(This is the second of a two-part article.  The first part entitled, “Why Orphans, why us?” started as an intro to this story, but quickly took on a life of its own.  Their main common denominators are that they are written, both in the light of the cross and in the shadow of the statement mentioned in part one, “Don’t waste your time on those kids from the orphanages, they’ll never amount to anything in life anyway!”  It’s our prayer that both stories will cause you to worship our God.) Click the photos to enlarge, so you can read the...

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Robert Goes to Washington!

Robert Fuqua on January 28, 2017

A blog post on why I see refugees as a pro-life issue I returned today from DC where I participated in the 44th annual March for Life.  I was in Washington to attend the 2nd annual Evangelicals for Life conference, hosted by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Focus on the Family.  I was honored to have the event organizers request the use of my recent video documenting a refugee’s reunion with his family at DFW airport, after being stuck in a refugee camp for 4 years, while his wife and 3 children were given asylum in Texas. The...

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Cancer for Christmas - What a Gift!

Robert Fuqua on March 4, 2014

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God isn't finished with me yet!

Robert Fuqua on December 19, 2013

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Robert got home last night...

Ann Fuqua on December 18, 2013

Robert got home last night about 8:30 after 6 days in hospital having surgery for cancer on his tongue (3 of those were in intensive care). Pathology report from lymph nodes in his neck should be back today or tomorrow. In the meantime we wait, we pray, we cry, we rejoice, we work on healing from the wound, learn how to live with a trach and feeding tube. (Hopefully those are only temporary). They fitted him with a new trach that allows him to speak now. So many precious moments and stories mixed in with this nightmare that we think...

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6:00 am of day six...

Ann Fuqua on December 17, 2013

6:00am of Day 6 of our journey at Baylor All-Saints. I just walked into to a beautiful sight. My husband actually sleeping! To God be the glory! Stretched out next to him in the fold-out bed was Ben, of course with his feet hanging way over the edge. I am a very blessed woman who has 2 sons who know how to take care of their Mama when it's needed. Aaron andBen have taken turns spending the nights here w/Robert while I go home and get some rest, despite very full lives. And we've known since the beginning that our...

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Reminded by a Russian sister, "God is with us!!"

Robert Fuqua on December 15, 2013

It’s been a few days since I’ve posted an update. I got moved out of ICU last evening, and have a bit more time now to invest in you, our incredible support team scattered across the world. I’ll try to keep it short, since I don’t think I’ve got the strength to sustain a long session at the computer, especially trying to type with no less than a dozen cables and hoses attached to my body parts. Today I’m feeling the best yet since this second surgery, but it’s still obvious how sleep deprived I am. I slept a bit...

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Pain Management

Robert Fuqua on December 13, 2013

Today's been pretty well consumed with the task of pain management & learning to breathe with a tracheotomy. We had 3 visitors through the course of the day. Not that many, but considering visits with countless docs, techs, nurses, I've ended the day exhausted, and Ann too. Hopefully we'll rest well tonight. The visits were good medicine particularly for Ann, and I'm blessed seeing her getting loved on. If you're considering coming by, please give her a call first. We both have a lot of work to do even now, both in partnering with the medical staff here to facilitate...

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Promised pre-surgery update

Robert Fuqua on December 11, 2013

We promised an update when we knew more. So, here goes. Last week’s ‘word of the day’ was “overwhelmed”. Overwhelmed by the prayer support from all over the world and the multitude of questions we faced. Today we finally have some answers, but not really the ones we’d hoped for. I’ll fill you in, but first I want you to know that your prayers have been heard by our God and felt by us as His peace has replaced our sense of overwhelmedness, even in light of today’s news, which is this. Because of the type of cancer that was...

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Charlie time with 'Pops' captured on video

Robert Fuqua on December 11, 2013

Yesterday I had the incredible blessing of getting to spend some precious time with our grandson Charlie. This, coupled with all the prayers and thoughts of our loved ones responding to my earlier post, have convinced me that I am an incredibly rich man!! Don't take my word for it. Watch the video!

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They just gave Robert the 'happy juice'!

Ann Fuqua on December 11, 2013

They just gave Robert the "happy juice" and took him to surgery. He's a funny guy normally but he gets that stuff in him and who know what he will tell those nurses while he's being wheeled in. Estimated time for surgery: 3 1/2 hrs. We both have experienced such supernatural peace today while spending some precious time together. I sure love my man! And so grateful for all the others who do too. Thank you all. This was at almost 4:30pm Then at 7:30pm Ann posted the following. Robert is out of surgery and doctor says it went well....

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Word of the day - Overwhelmed!

Robert Fuqua on December 5, 2013 Comments (26)

Word of the day, overwhelmed… by the outpouring of prayer support for my surgery yesterday. …by what lies ahead and the many questions we’re still trying to get answered. Initial pathology from yesterday indicates that I have squamous cell carcinoma. The good news is we seemed to have detected it early and it is treatable. We had a follow-up today at the oral surgeons office and they’ve schedule me for a PET scan tomorrow to try to get an indication of whether the cancer has advanced and to determine next steps. Thanks again for the prayers! Then on the 8th...

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Cancer Post #1

Robert Fuqua on December 3, 2013 Comments (10)

Ann & I appreciate prayers tomorrow as I go under anesthesia and the knife to have an ulceration on the back of my tongue biopsied. And no, I’m not having it done in Russia. We came back to Fort Worth just before Thanksgiving and plan to be here through the end of the year. We are asking the Great Physician to guide the surgeon and the pathologists with insight beyond their medical abilities to properly assess what is going on and what, if any, further treatment is needed. Of course it’s day surgery, but I’ll be off the grid for...

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Weighing in on the Gay Marriage Conversation

Robert Fuqua on June 26, 2013 Comments (5)

This article originally posted June 26th, 2015.  It has been pre-dated from its actual date to temporarily change the stacking of posts in this blog. I generally try to avoid engaging in such conversations.  Not that I feel it’s wrong for Christians to do so, but for me, it’s simply a matter of stewardship.  My time is one of the most precious resources God has given me to steward, and I’ve found social media to be one of the most ruthless thieves of this precious and endangered commodity.  Yet, neither can we as Christians afford to remain silent, as the...

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My 5 Phases of Parenting...so far...

Robert Fuqua on April 15, 2013 Comments (4)

This article originally posted April 15th, 2015.  It has been pre-dated from its actual date to temporarily change the stacking of posts in this blog, as we reflect on God's sovereign hand seen in the posts from our journey with cancer in December of 2013. I was recently asked, "How do you train up your children in the way they should go?"  The following was my response.  You may wonder what is the relevance of a blog about parenting in the context of our work as reflected in this website, but if you'll indulge me a few minutes here, I...

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Medical Update & Time Stateside

Robert Fuqua on April 15, 2013 Comments (10)

We flew to Texas in November, knowing we had some medical issues to attend to, but also planning to spend more time visiting with our ministry partners. As He always does, God had all the details worked out, just not necessarily timed according to our schedule. As we prepared to fly to the states, Ann went on line and lined up an appointment for me (Robert) to visit a doctor the day after we hit the ground in Texas. This began the process of addressing my needed surgical repair of a hernia that manifested itself last summer and fall as...

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Summer 2012 Photo Blog - Hope House Remodel Projects

Robert Fuqua on August 10, 2012 Comments (9)

This is a series of entries to a photo blog I’m posting to our site, so you can follow along with the progress of our Summer of 2012 Hope House Remodeling Projects.  Unlike most blogs, I’ll be posting the new photos at the end of the page, so newcomers to the photo page can see things materialize in chronological sequence. If you’re returning to this photo blog to see updates, scroll to the bottom of the page for the latest.  Also, as with most of the photos on this site, you can click on the image to enlarge them for...

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Small Videos. Huge Impact!!

Robert Fuqua on February 10, 2012 Comments (25)

I've posted links in various places, including Twitter and Facebook, of the closing video from the 2012 Leadership Conference of Christian Camping International-Russia.  On the Vimeo page with the video is the following story about the video and a bit more info about the guys we work with in the video businesstry (ministry with a business angle & hopefully future), we call "MOCT Digital".  (MOCT is the Russian word for 'bridge'.)The entire experience of working with these guys over the past few years and seeing their growth, not just as professionals, turning out professional work, but their personal & spiritual...

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New Lessons from Russian Winter!

Robert Fuqua on February 10, 2012 Comments (10)

The other thing I learned through this experience (which I wish I had not) was the color of the water in which we had been showering all week.The morning we packed up to leave the 2012 Leadership Conference of Christian Camping International-Russia in Moscow, the temps had fallen to -33 Celsius, (-27 F).  I thought I understood auto batteries pretty well, especially after spending a decade of my career in that business.  But, last Friday morning, Russian winter taught me new lessons in auto battery chemistry.  At those temps, all of us at the conference center that morning shared the...

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Dear Dad

Robert Fuqua on November 16, 2011 Comments (57)

  A couple months ago our brother Pat Robertson made news headlines with an ill-advised comment about the faithfulness, or lack thereof, of the husband of an Alzheimer patient. His comments prompted me to write the following letter to my dad. After reading it, you might also appreciate taking a brief video journey through the life and love of my parents, a young farm girl from Kansas and her farm boy, and their faithfulness to one another and their Lord. Yesterday, their journey together ended, as mom was taken to join the Bridegroom for whom she was created to enjoy...

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Dear Mom

Robert Fuqua on November 15, 2011 Comments (2)

I originally posted this blog a month after moving to Russia in 2005, when my mom was lying in an ICU and not expected to live. Today her struggle to live ended with her being united to her Bridegroom, after 64 years of her incredible journey with my dad. I also posted a video today which you can access through my Vimeo page for a closer look back at those 64 years. I'd love it if you could share in my mother's memory, watching it and worshipping, as you witness the beauty of what God did with a young farm...

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Equipping Ann & Robert for a New Focus

Robert & Ann on July 26, 2011 Comments (7)

  As was evident in the article from our Summer 2011 e-newsletter, "Disciple-Making: Alex's Story", and the continuation of that story on this site in the article, "Habitat Projects: Extreme Heart Makeovers", we have begun to see a shift in focus (really not "new" as this article's title indicates, but newly realized), to engage the local Body of Christ more and more in the work of ministry and focus more intentionally on discipling young believers.  These young believers we've been walking with include everyone from the "fatherless" flock (in an earthly sense only) we find among us, to the church members...

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Tanya’s Story: Children Rescued from the cycle of Sin

Robert on July 4, 2011 Comments (6)

(Editorial Note: This story originally posted in November of last year, but is referenced in our Summer Newsletter as a prime example of the new focus on advocacy that has become an increased focus of the work.)We have four Zhenya's at Hope House, the youngest of whom put his trust in Christ last year, and this summer was baptized by our pastor Oleg, in the river just outside Voronezh.  A few months later, Zhenya made a disturbing discovery.  He had two older siblings, a brother and sister, of whom he had known nothing, since they left their orphanage, many years...

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A Week in Tajikistan - a transforming week for me

Robert on July 3, 2011 Comments (6)

Yes, hopefully I came away a changed man, but one very full of gratitude that God allowed me this special time of fellowship with my son. It was intense but sweet! Being so far away from our sons is the hardest thing about this job, so when God gives us T(This story from last August has been updated with this link to our Vimeo page where I've recently posted a video to give you a more vivid perspective on the trip.) For any of you who may be following me on Twitter or Facebook, you’re already aware that I took...

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He found Baby Jesus, pray he finds the Savior.

Robert on December 20, 2010 Comments (11)

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A Cloud of Financial Woe, or the Radiant Light of the Gospel? Maybe both?

Robert on September 14, 2010 Comments (11)

(Editorial Note: PRAISE GOD! The cloud of "financial woe", let loose a shower of support that has facilitated ministry plans moving forward through our fiscal year-end in March. More info is available on this and our current financial situation in the article entitled, "End-of-Year Financial Update".  This story remains on the blog for now however as is, if for no other reason than the fact that it stands as a testimony to the great faithfulness of our God!)Original Story posted August 20, 2010I hate starting any letter or communication with our supporters with tales of financial woe.  We hear so...

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Life at Hope House - Summer 2010

Ann on August 18, 2010 Comments (26)

Usually sometime in June, when school is winding down and exams are wrapping up, things kind of slow down here at Hope House.   A few of our guys have full time jobs so they pretty much have the same schedule, only they get less sleep because the evenings are so nice they want to go out and “gulot” (Russian word for stroll) which is a big past time for all Russians.  Sure beats a lot of other things you could do with your time.Some of our guys took off for a couple of weeks and went to the Black Sea. ...

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We No Longer Need Visas!

Robert Fuqua on January 28, 2010 Comments (4)

We Now Have Residency!!The proofs in the passports! Thursday, January 28, 2010 It finally happened!  I guess this time, we can accurately say this is the last of the blog entries on this process. As this week started out, we knew we would be going to the immigration office on Tuesday to get fingerprinted, but since we entered the country the latter part of last week, the visas we have been traveling on up until now, require that we register with local immigration officials by Monday, or be in violation of our visa.  So, that was our Monday.  Tuesday we went...

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No Longer 'Orphans', but Joint-Heirs with Christ!

Robert on October 27, 2009 Comments (3)

click photo to enlarge                                    "...lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest."   John  4:35   September 2009 Praise God, for the fruit the team is seeing as the power of the gospel is clearly at work.  In the first few weeks of this our sixth year of the You Are Not Alone Club, two of the new kids have already decided to put their trust in Christ. Their heavenly Father has made a new son and daughter joint heirs with Christ.   The team is discovering that the fields are indeed white for...

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"He IS Enough!"

Ann on October 25, 2009 Comments (28)

 Lately I have been feeling pretty inadequate.  Being 57 years old and trying to once again, formally study the Russian language probably has a lot to do with it.  But I think added to that is being faced more and more with the overwhelming needs of people ? all people. Yes, the more I read what the ?experts? say are the issues that kids raised without healthy homes have to deal with ? the big buzz word now is RAD ? Reactive Attachment Disorder.  If you enter adult life without forming any significant bonds as a child, you find it...

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Robert Granted Russian Residency! The Great Irony

Robert on October 25, 2009 Comments (0)

It looks like today is that day we've been waiting for!  For almost two years we've worked to try and get residency in Russia to put an end to the difficulties the new visa laws have brought on.  The immigration office in Voronezh told us we'd need to wait six months from the time they accepted our documents to be notified if our applications had been granted residency.  Well, tomorrow marks the end of the sixth month for Robert's documents, and today we received an email asking me (Robert) to come into the immigration office to get fingerprinted.  Though they're...

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Pictures Posted from Baptism!

on July 19, 2009 Comments (18)

Sasha coming out of the water We made it to the River!  Thanks to God working through you!  There were so many times this past week, it just seemed that we weren't supposed to be here today, witnessing this miraculous moment.  But, we got here by the grace of God, and were able to capture a few shots that we promised to share with you.     Right now, Sunday night, 11pm Voronezh time, we're going to bed.  Tired but so satisfied!  We'll try and write some captions tomorrow, but for now, for those of you who are anxious to...

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The Amazing Work of the Great Provider!

Robert & Ann on July 17, 2009 Comments (2)

This is the letter we sent from the airport as we prepared to return home to Voronezh in the middle of July after seeing God work mightily that week to open doors for our return.  I know it's old news already, but it still stands as a tribute to His power and glory.  I hope it makes you worship Him all the more! Dear Cheer Leading Squad, That's what we feel like you are - a huge, worldwide group of cheerleaders  encouraging  us on in this crazy game of overtime of trying to get back to Russia to do what...

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The Traumatic Events of 2007-2008

Robert Fuqua on July 1, 2009 Comments (2)

Yes, many of you have asked.  Many have prayed, not knowing all the details.  Many falsely assumed the trauma of the past couple years revolved around our visa issues that were plaguing all Russian missionaries.  Oh how we wished it was something that simple!But, traumatic though it was, the GLORY God revealed through it, the incredible transformation He did in us personally through it all, and the further revelation of His character through it all, makes it an experience for which we wouldn't trade anything.  We are humbled that He considered us worthy to receive the gifts He had for...

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We plan to come to America. Can we talk?

on March 24, 2009 Comments (42)

"Send me your tired, your poor..." Okay! We're comin' to America! Or at least we are trying to make plans. We currently don't have money for plane tickets, but if it's God's plan for us to be there, He'll make a way.   Our current allotment of days in Russia on this current visa expire the day after Russian Easter, April 20th.  So, if we have tickets by then, we go to the states. If not, we get on a train and head into Ukraine for whatever God has for us there.  Networking with Ukrainian orphan care organizations?  Russian language...

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Crisis? What Crisis?

Robert Fuqua on March 15, 2009 Comments (4)

Though the signs of a global economic crisis are all around us, perhaps no more here than in America, I am increasingly convinced that God knows no crisis.  He never has known crisis, nor will He ever know one (and by 'know' I mean 'experience').  To me, 'crisis' implies being affected by something outside of our control, and I don't think any of us would ever consider it possible, that with God, there could be anything to fit that category.   Whether you agree with my implied definition of the term, I think you'd have to admit that this economic...

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A Report on End-Of-Year Giving

Robert on February 15, 2009 Comments (25)

As with most ministries, end of the year giving is a critical part of the support of the work here, both sustaining the personal ministry of Robert and Ann as well as funding the budget for the GAP post-orphanage ministry.  This is definitely no less true this year than in previous years. Since its inception in 2004, GAP (East-West's Post-Orphanage Ministry) has been sustained by a hand full of donors, a few who contribute throughout the year, but mostly major donors who have made end-of-year contributions, specifically designated for this ministry.  Over 70% of GAP's funding comes from end-of-year giving,...

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Voronezh Orphan Ministry Team Involved in Van Accident, AND YOU RESPONDED!

Robert on February 24, 2006 Comments (5)

Thanks for your response the this dire need.  Over three thousand dollars came in and was delivered to Gennadiy in March of '05.  Your loving and sacrificial response has ministered deeply to wounds of this team, and not just physically speaking.  Thank you.  The original story follows -- You may not remember the names, but I know you remember the smiles, the faces, the look in their eyes, their delight over special visitors and "Days of Joy", memories of ETERNAL significance.  The experience YOU recall is possible because of the committed team of our Russian brothers and sisters in Voronezh,...

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Fuquas' Footnotes wins Grand Prize

Robert on December 21, 2004 Comments (20)

mSites today awarded our website as the Grand Prize Winner of the "Best Website" category.  We know it's nothing all that spectacular, but I think what probably caught the attention of the judges was how we seemed to have pushed the edge of the envelope a bit in trying to get the maximum use of a design template that is, of necessity, minimalistic.  Hopefully, this is evidence that a bit of that good ole Russian resourcefulness is rubbing off on us.  Russians are great at getting the most out of very minimal resources. We are grateful for the recognition, and the...

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Robert & Ann Getting Special Training Before the Move to Russia

on December 15, 2004 Comments (24)

In addition to many hours of classroom lectures, the training at MTI is a rich experience, full of interaction with other missionaries. This January and February we will be going through two intensive courses of Pre-Field training at Mission Training International's training center in Palmer Lake, Colorado. The first course is called SPLICE which is highly regarded as an essential preparation for missionaries who are needing to adapt to a new culture.  SPLICE is an acronym for Spiritual, Personal, Lifestyles, Interpersonal, Cultural, and the Endurance/Enjoyment paradox. The second course is designed to help missionaries gain skills in learning a foreign...

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Networking for Children at Risk in Russia

on June 26, 2004 Comments (0)

This article came from the CoMission for Children at Risk Based on the extremely successful children's outreach project in Russia, "Operation Christmas Child," Russian Ministries/Association for Spiritual Renewal is spearheading a new networking initiative for all national churches and groups that work with children-at-risk. They believe that this is the right time to mobilize and unite many organizations whose passion is to help the most disadvantaged group of people in the former Soviet Union today: millions of orphans and homeless children. Russian Ministries/Association for Spiritual Renewal is inviting all national organizations involved in children-at-risk ministries to a conference on June...

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Big News! We Finally Have a Website!

Robert on May 22, 2004 Comments (19)

After many attempts at developing a personal website we finally have something up and running that I think will help facilitate better communication with our partners in this work.  We are just getting the first layer in place.  As we use it in the weeks, months and years to come it will become more and more rich with information and pictures.  Ultimately, a place where He will be glorified for what He is doing.  This site is hosted by a company called msites which specializes in personal sites for missionaries and has sold our organization (East-West) on helping to subsidize...

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