Monthly Archives: January 2010


A friend of mine was recently in America, and she brought me back Donald Miller’s amazing new book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years at my request. Here’s what the author’s note says: If you watched a movie about a guy who wanted a Volvo and worked for years to get it, you wouldn’t […]

Further Confirmation

Last night, one of my roommates told me something that brought tears to my eyes, and reminded me why I’m here, and why I’m coming back. Dilshod, our dear friend from Tajikistan, told one of my roommates last night that, as far as he knows, we are the first Christians he’s ever met. Even being […]

Orthodox Christmas and an Announcement

January seventh was Russian Orthodox Christmas. So, being in Central Asia, I couldn’t pass up the chance to visit the Orthodox cathedral for midnight mass. We crowded into the packed, standing-room-only (not that they ever sit down anyway) church, straining to see the front. We were a little early and were greeted by the sounds […]

С Новым Годом! Happy New Year! (Albeit a bit late.)

In America, New Year’s Eve has never really been a big deal for me. Call it holiday fatigue, if you will. After all the stress of the Christmas season, which begins increasingly earlier every year (I hear they’re putting out Christmas decorations at Groundhog’s Day this year), I’ve really never wanted to get out. With […]