Snapshots from Finland

Before getting to the pictures, I wanted to add a couple of links about recent ministry in Belarus and Russia.

I’ve been in Finland for a few days, staying at a little cabin called Koppero. The weather has been great, and I’ve been tucked away working. It’s a mix of high-tech and low-tech: no running water but an internet connection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snapshots from Finland

Mary Walsh and her daughter Sarah arrived yesterday. I met them in Helsinki and then we drove up to Koppero. It’s good to have them here. We return to Russia tomorrow and then go on to Estonia on Sunday.

We went looking for mushrooms and ended up with berries:

Valerie enjoys the lake:

And as always the sunsets are beautiful over Pühajärve:

A Drive in Finland

We are in Finland for a few days. It’s lovely here. Two friends from the US (Mary and Sarah Walsh) will arrive in Finland on Monday and spend a couple of days with us before we all drive back into Russia. Yesterday I made a video of my drive through the country. (The Finnish voice at the beginning of the video is a radio station.)

Snapshots from Finland

Three quick pictures:

Valerie got hold of our camera and made some interesting pictures, including this self-portrait:

She also used her little shovel as a microphone, singing and dancing in the yard:

And we had a classic Finnish sunset:

Quite a Week

This involves a bus, a plane, a van and a ferry. It started on Sunday —

I’ve been looking to purchase a used mini-van for use as our ministry in Europe expands. Our little red car is getting a little long in the tooth, and I felt that the time may have come to find a good traveling car since I’m on the road so much these days.

I have been looking for cars in Germany. Prices are lower there, and Germans take good care of their cars. A month ago I sent an email to a private seller (not a dealer) in Germany but never heard back from him. I looked at a lot of other cars after that . . . .

Sunday: After driving from Russia to Estonia, I check my spam folder and notice a reply from the seller; it’s three weeks old. I write asking if the van is still for sale, and it is. We exchange several emails as I get more information. After talking with Olga and coming to agreement, I book a flight to Hamburg (using frequent flyer miles).

Monday: After taking care of some business in Jõhvi, I take a bus to Tallinn and spend the night with friends.

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A Snapshot from Finland

I chopped some firewood today. It was good to be in the cold air doing some physical work.

I know of a small hunting cabin in the Adirondacks that has a sign over the fireplace: “He who cuts his own wood is twice warmed”.  In Finnish it’s “Ken omat puunsa pilkkoo, sen tulee kahdesti lämmin”.

I experienced that truth today. I was warm chopping it and now I’m warm by the fire.

I know it’s a bad picture; sorry about that.