Our Pop’s story continued…
This is our Pop’s story dictated verbally by him a few years ago. I’ll be sharing excerpts every Tuesday. When I add to his story or explain a photo I will Italicize my words. Our Pop’s words will not be italicized. Our mom does not come into Pop’s story until “Tuesdays With Moisi ~ 9” even though I’ve posted photos of her before #9. I have very few photos from our parents’ life in Russia and Persia. At the end of my Tuesday posts I’ll add links to all the other posts.
My parents in front of our home in Montebello, 305 Los Angeles Ave.
In 1971 we moved yet again to a larger home in Whittier. I became a pastor to a small Russian church in Orange County for a year.
Our parents and the twins in our home in La Mirada/Whittier, California, on Arroyo Dr.
Our next move took us sixty miles southeast of Los Angeles to the town of Wildomar where I built a house in 1983. In 1987 we moved to Yorba Linda in Orange County.
Christmas in Wildomar in the home our Pop built from the ground up. Our mom with all her daughters/daughters in law as of 1984.
In 1990 I returned to the place of my birth in Russia. Some things there had changed while others had not. It was then that I began to be concerned for the eternal welfare of my relatives still living in the same place where I grew up. Specifically, I was concerned that they come to know Jesus Christ as I had come to know Him. In 1992, I returned and stayed for two and a half months. In 1993 I stayed for three months. I went twice in 1994 and once in 1995. In all my visits I was striving to point my relatives to Jesus Christ. In 1996, while I was there, my grand-niece, Natasha, was the first convert. It was then that I saw the need for mentoring and discipleship on my part.
Moisi baptizing his grand niece, Natasha.
(Our parents in front of their home in Yorba Linda)
So in early 1997 we sold our home in Yorba Linda and Nadia and I went to Russia for an entire year. To begin with, we began a Sunday School ministry. The first Sunday saw sixteen visitors – mainly children. The next Sunday, attendance jumped to sixty.
Our next step was to develop a church along with the Sunday School. Attendance was small at first but then began to grow to twenty, then thirty, then fifty. We came back to the U.S. in 1998, stayed home for three months and then returned to Russia for another full year of ministry. From 2000 to 2006 we returned for three month ministry stints each year. As a result of our ministry, thirty-six people, young and old, came to the Lord and were baptized – for which we are most thankful. In addition to this, I estimate that I took about $250,000 into Russia to meet the various financial needs of both Christians and non-Christians alike.
My parents in Russia. They prepared a meal every Sunday for all those who came to the church gathering.
This is the home that was purchased that my parents lived in and held church services in.
Moisi built this baptistry in the yard of the church so they didn’t have to go to a local lake or river for baptisms.
I am so thankful for the unseen hand of the Lord guiding my life. I give all the praise to Him. It is my prayer that readers of my story will come to know Jesus as I have come to know Him.
This is the end of the story our Pop dictated. I will be filling in some blanks in future Tuesday With Moisi posts. Next week I’ll share a YouTube video our brother Steve recorded at the family Christmas gathering in 2012.
Tuesdays With Moisi 16 is this post.
Thinking of Retiring A post I wrote from April of 2007