Life in Cameroon The Family The extended family is the focus of the social system. It is the extended family and includes grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. Members of the extended family are considered as close as the nuclear family is in the West. Family obligations take precedence over pretty much everything else in life. … More Mirror Reflections – Cameroon & Russia
This country is the birthplace of “Aphrodite” Baths of Aphrodite I’d like to say that I took these pictures but alas my camera’s battery died and I wasn’t able to take any. But I did find several of the places that I have had the opportunity to visit. This is truly the “Island of Love”, … More Okay, okay…………Give up? Here’s a few last clues.
I would like to preface this post by saying that I’m not trying espouse any political agenda nor state my own religious beliefs with the following article. What I did find fascinating is the idea that a country’s values can change and swing to polar opposites as can be seen here. I’m also betting that … More Quietly in Russia “God” Speaks
On the banks of the Don River, in the picturesque Voronezh region of Russia lies one of the most fascinating tourist attractions this country has to offer – the Spassky Cave Church. It’s believed the first caves were dug into the cretaceous mounts of Kostomarovo before the adoption of Christianity in Russia. Hermit monks would … More Ancient Architecture of Russia – Spassky Cave Church
Bolshoy Solovetsky island Due to its remoteness, Solovki began to be a place of exile. In the sixteenth century the Moscow government required the monastery to assume new duties as a prison and border fortress, manned by a large non-monastic force of soldiers. With its industrial base, mainly in salt production, products of the sea, … More Russia’s Island’s of Peace
I think this is one of my favorite photos of the Raifa Monastery, which we visited about a month ago. The story behind the beginnings of the monastery are very interesting, The following link will take you to the story, Enjoy!!! Visit: https://hague6185.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/from-a-humble-hut-to-a-monastery/
Yesterday I lost my son to cancer, today I want to remember him celebrating life. When I first heard my heart dropped. A father is not supposed to have his children go before him. I’ve struggled with my feelings trying to understand. But I’m not sure I’m supposed to. Life here is not final, but … More This one is for you “John”.
This last weekend we to a little trip to a monastery which was close to this beautiful lake. After touring the monastery we went for a walk along the lake, during which I found this wonderful grouping of flowers coming up out of the water. I’ve seen water lilies but never anything like this. … More Took a little Trip – This is what we found
Where there is strife, we are to be peacemakers; where there is sorrow , we are to be You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to … More Salt – N – Light
Бо́гу моли́сь, а добра́-ума́ держи́сь. Literal: Pray to God, but hold on to your good mind. Trust in God, but steer away from the rocks.
Вме́сте те́сно, а врозь ску́чно. Literal:Together, it’s cramped; apart, it’s boring. You can’t live with them and you can’t live without them.
The quiet places we walk Interestingly I was confronted by another blogger about my profession of faith which got me thinking. We often are loud and vocal about our faith but our actions speak differently. When our faith is true then our actions will speak louder than our words. I think we need to be … More It’s the “Light” not the words.
This poem came to me as I pondered the writing of the old testament, when the prophets would plead with God. I saw that the prophets would pray or plead with God and He would answer. THE POEM: “A LOVE AFFAIR WITH GOD” When the prophets of old and God communed it was like two … More “A LOVE AFFAIR WITH GOD”
When we look at the world right now it seems that there are giants everywhere, and indeed there are. When we look at circumstances in the physical things can become a bit overwhelming and in fact intimidating. We see the atheist’s screaming, “there is no god”, we hear about churches that are clearly not standing … More Rising to the higher calling
This Mausoleum is located north of the Congregational Mosque. It features small architectural monuments, including a grave marker found on the territory of the Bolgarian settlement. The inscriptions on these plates, made in Arabic script in Arabic and Bulgar languages – is a unique poetic historical source.
When you are standing in the area where the Congregational Mosque was once built every building could be seen from this platform, the East Mausoleum being one of them. This mausoleum contains a tomb of Bolgar nobility, crowned by a traditional Eastern tent style roof. Inside the 700 year old building is an exhibit displaying … More The East Mausoleum (Church of St. Nicholas)
Sometimes when we are in the midst of our walk in life we have no clue where we are going. Have you been there? Well don’t worry cause if you look around you will see that it’s not always about where you are going as much as where you are at. Maybe just maybe it’s … More Have you ever wondered where life will lead you?
This is actually not a church, it’s bell tower. The church itself sits behind it. the street in front of it was become a walking street with an open air mall feel.
As the cold winters wind blows over the land Warmth flows through my heart for the one I hold dear Though I may not be able to touch her with my hand My spirit testifies that she is ever so very near With every pause and silent moment we share together Work, sacrifice, and toil, … More Seasons of my heart