12 Jul 2012 -- Subject: Connie Report -- For RWL meeting July 14th
10 Jun 2011 -- Subject: Connie Report -- For RWL meeting June 11th
5 May 2011 -- Subject: Connie Report -- For RWL meeting May 7th
15 Jan 2011 -- Subject: Connie Report -- For RWL meeting Dec. 15th
11 Dec 2010 -- Subject: Connie Report -- For RWL meeting Dec. 11th
19 Nov 2010 -- Subject: Connie Report -- For RWL meeting Nov. 13th
07 Aug 2009 -- Subject: Connie Report -- Glasses and Dentists
10 Apr 2009 -- Subject: Report from Connie in Moscow
12 Feb 2009 -- Subject: Report from Connie in Moscow
08 Jan 2009 -- Subject: RWL Meeting
13 Jun 2008 -- Subject: Greetings from Moscow
28 Apr 2008 -- Russian Easter Greeting
25 Apr 2008 -- Response to a recent New York Times Article
19 Mar 2008 -- Link to Disciples World article on Russia With Love
Date: 12 Jul 2012
Subject: RWL Meeting 11/6
I hope you in one way or another have the possibility to enjoy summer.
Yesterday - July 12th - was the big celebration of St. Peter and St. Paul. The Liturgy in the church was conducted by Metropolitan Alexander (picture attached) who is now head of the church Vera, Nadjezda, Lubof and Sophia (Faith,Hope, Love and Wisdom).
Fr. Pavel introduced me to Metropolitan last Tuesday. He is a very, very
kind person. He was very positive ad glad to know about my work and look
forward to further coorporation.
Later I had a talk with the two young priests: fr. Daniel (ieromonarch -
priest and monk) and fr. Georgy who will be head of Sunday School and all
teaching. Fr. Georgy asked about help for families with ill persons. We will
Fr. Pavel has now more time to visit hospitals and families and he has time to rest.
1. Nursing Project:
2. Margarita Neliubova.
3. André a future high school student ?
4. Misha´s bad eyes.
5. Students from Svibovo in 3 years.
We have ongoing very hard cases to care for. Both of us have beed affected. We are much better now but events have accumulated and therefore I will see my psychologist next week.
I excuse for not correct language but I hope you will get the main.
Best regards from fr. Pavel & ConnieFrom: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2011 13:19:08 +0400
Subject: RWL Meeting 11/6
I will catch up will the Burn Unit Group for following up on their visit to Moscow.
Presentation & Reception.
Visit to Moscow:
NOTE: bring only credit cards with a pin code. Others do not work in Russia.
I am rather busy as project coordinator for the upcoming exhibition "Danish LaceÂWhen Best"(bobbins) Dec2011/Jan2012 at the Pushkin Museeum. The exhibition will also cover the Dagmar Sewing School and St. Paul Society with information also about RWL. During the exhibition will be my 20 years anneversary in Moscow/Russia: January 2nd 2012.
Â Fr. Pavel sends best and warm regards from Moscow and I send my best wishes for your meeting from Denmark, Kristin have a nice summer.
Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2011 13:35:38 +0300
Subject: RWL Meeting 7/5
Christ is risen !
I hope you had joyful holidays.
April was a wonderful (and hard) month.
Visit fro, Michigang University Hospital Burn Unit. The greatest event in April was the visit of medical team from MUH Burn Unit. Attached a photo of the team in front of Speransky Childrens Hospital and the program which was changed a few times.
Very nice people, time was limited, distances big, program tight and everything went very well from our perspective in Moscow.
Next step in the exchange program is to find the way to continue. Dr. Stewart Wang have good ideas and possibilities. Lori Pelham have seen a great lack of nursing.
The Russians are eager to go to US. But next time they will have to find the money themselves which I underlined for them. I also told them that we cannot expect free accomodation.
When I told the team about a possible meeting Dr. Wang immediatly responded that "we will attend" and I was very happy. I see the connection between RWL & the med. team as very important for future exchanges. I am looking forward to get minutes from the meeting.
Trip(s) to Moscow
1. We will be ready to recieve groups in Moscow from October 4th.
For group from First Presbytarian I need to ask Fr. Sergei Kiselov when he
is free to receive the group and we will need
to know how many days the group will need together with fr. Sergei.
When I have dates & number of persons we can start booking rooms and make a program. Later will be more questions and messages.
Monday May 9th I leave for Denmark and return to Moscow May 24th. I will check my mail daily.
We wish you good meeting.
Date:Sat, 7 May 2011 01:32:31 +0400
Subject: For RWL meeting Jan. 15th, 2011
Even it is two weeks ago we turned the calendars we want to wish you Happy New Year and all the best for 2011. At the same time we thank you very much for your support during 2010. It is fantastic that you could send money for every month. Many people have received help in acute situations and for the daily needs. They are grateful for your hard work.
Â I recommended Lori to contact Linda for further information. We try to arrange meeting(s) with nurses here.
The Social Department under the Moscow Patriarchate has a new leader. The new Patriarch Kirill has blessed bishop Panteleimon (Schatov from City Hospital nr. 1 at Leninsky Prospect where b. P. as fr. Arkady started the best nursing school in Moscow and many other social branches). Margarita Neliubova recommended that the AA team visit bishop Panteleimon. I will soon visit b. P. and among others mention the AA team´s visit and ask for contact for Lori.
Christmas Gifts for Orphanage
Connie to Denmark
We wish you a blessed meeting with best regards from fr. Pavel & Connie
Dear all friends.
Baby Ilia has been investigated at a very good hospital. He is given medicine and the situation is stabilized.
Baby Irina and her mother Elena. Elena and Igor lived in Moscow and worked at my local market selling fruits and vegetables. They are not from Moscow and were here without registration. SoÂ when Elena became pregnan they went back home far from Moscow. Later I send clothes for the baby. Irina is now 7 months. Elena called me three weeks ago asking for help. An analyze showed that Elena and Irina have very low hemoglobin and there is no iron medicine where they live. I asked one of our doctors what to buy and started a long travel in the city. Olga recommended ampoules with iron to drink in three month. There were only two packages in every pharmacy and I needed 18. When I bought box nr.9 I continued with pills. Also I bought baby vitamins for the Irina and vitamins for father. We send all the stuff together with clothes for the growing baby.
Support of families are still the same:
Doctors visit to Moscow. At last I came in contact with Dr. Stewart Wang (thanks to Johns help). The team of 7 doctors is coming to Moscow 4th - 10th of April 2011
Steward and I are now in close contactÂ looking for a reasonable hotel. I recommended Hotel Turist where John, Bill and Linda stayed. Maybe Stewart will contact oneÂ of your about the conditions.
The Danish Queens visit to Moscow is scheduled to the first half of September 2011.
We have not yet decided time for vacation - maybe the two last weeks of September - maybe all October. But we have to decide soon.
Mazda is now permitted to be repaired. There is still no answer from the procurator but the policeman at the Crime Section said: do it. The details are ordered from Belgium and we expect (read hope) the car will be ready before New Year. Friday it was five month after the accident.
Feodor is 23 years old and live at the 6th floor in my house. He is a nice young man studying geology at Moscow State University. He is not satisfied with the old fashion way the students are taught. He helped me with my printer that would not work for 5 weeks. I bought a new printer combined with photocopy and scanner. It is a real toy and just what I need - and it does take much space. Feodor wants to help me and now he is my curer and great help.
The last three weeks have been extremely busy and I fell exhausted and tired.
On top of Elena and her baby daughter Irina came: IWC Winter Bazaar which the Danish ladies took part in this year. It was a suddenly decision and as always a hard job. But we made 8000 USD - a wonderful result for little Denmark. IWC support two of HumanCare Russia's projects
A visit to Mother Teresa's orphanage with 16 very ill people. Nine of them were almost thrown to the sisters 20 years ago. They are now 22 - 24 years old, deformed, without talk, some are blind, some very violent. At the same time they are very dear and taken very good care of. The local authorities wanted to take them to a state institution where they would die within 2 months in lack of love and care. In the beginning of this week a document was signed that they can stay. We are very happy.
I was given a list of 13 serious invalids living at home. Irina Mizitova and I visited a Baptist Church for further details. IWC lead coordinator has arranged a conference Monday morning. I am her assistant and have to take part in the conference, then a meeting at the Donations Office. Monday afternoon I have to visit an institution close to my address ---- and we go to dacha until Friday !
December Appeal I will do my best to make a letter and send to Linda.
On behalf of all the people who have received support from your donation f.Pavel and I give a heartfelt thank you. They are all very grateful and your help really make a difference in their life. Also very important is that they fell your care for them.
We wish all of you a joyful and blessed Christmas and all the best for
Date: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 6:41 PM
Subject: For RWL meeting Nov. 13th
Dear Friends. Thank you for the funds. We know it is hard times and hard work. We appreciate the your hard work. F.Pavel and I are very thankful for your support helping the victims from last century - f.Pavel is one of them! These people are still suffering.
New baby with heart decease
We have a new baby in the parish - a boy 4.6 kg born of a very tine mother as number three in the family. Doctors discovered that the boy is born with two holes in his heart. F.Pavel baptized Ilia last week. The boy spends too much energy for breathing and probably does not get enough oxygen to the brain. We hope he will have a serious examination very soon.
We are still supporting:
I have got contact to a very team of professional psychologists who are workingÂ very cheap or for free. They are ready to help our people and this is a good help.
Ilia is now looking for a job near his home and we hope he will find a place with good and understanding colleagues.The Mazda
is still standing and not repaired. The crime police is waiting an answer from procurator. It might take very, very long time. I miss the car even we have too many of them in Moscow. I used to do shopping and other things Saturday and Sunday as well as it is rather difficult and takes long time to reach Sviblovo and the church.
I have made some changes and "Autumn photos" are until now only from the from Christian School in Sviblovo. More will come in the nearest future.
Some of you are now waking up and preparing for the RWL meeting. I am going to sleep wishing you a nice and fruitful meeting.All the best from f.Pavel and Connie
A growing problem is eyes glasses and dental care. Eyes glasses are not the most expensive from 100 to 200 USD each. But the dental care is a growing problem. Russian go to dentist only when they have pain and problems. At the same time are all of them deeply afraid of visiting the dentist - and I think not only Russians try to avoid a visit to the dentist. Some of our people have not been at the dentist the last 7 - 9 years ! That mean a lot of expensive problems. The bills are from 1,500 USD to 2,000 USD (with discount). And that is only for the most necessary treatment - no implant or bridge are included. Often does a person have seven to ten bad teeth, some with infection. Many of these teeth need root canal treatment with anesthetics. We have a very good dentist with a calm, polite and professional authority with a big smile which make our afraid people calm. Dental care is very important because the infection is not only in the tooth but goes into the whole body. Several of our people have recovered from "feeling bad" and "too tired" etc. after the teeth have been cured. I have myself visited several Russian dentists and I understand completely that people are afraid. An important point is also the hygiene which is not the same as abroad. Our dentist is German and not expensive according to Western prices. KM
Subject: RWL Meeting
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2009 Dear Friends, The crisis makes effect now.. Prices is growing, salaries are paid lower and many people has lost their jobs. People are waiting and afraid for the future. Will there be food? Will there be medicine? And how to survive with less money and rising prices? We do our best to find the people among our parishioners so we can support them before everything turns to chaos. We have three newborn babies. Two are boys and cousins. The grandparents are happy but it is a rather big expense. Also a girl is born the fourth daughter in her family. A woman is caring for her bedridden mother after an insult. We support with diapers, medicine and cream for skin care. It is a really job to care for old people at home. Blessing from f.Pavel Best regards Connie
Subject: RWL Meeting
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 14:24:01 +0300 Dear friends. Thank you for one more contribution. It is a very good help. Our people are growing older - as we all are - and many of them need eyes glasses. We have a family with big minus at their eyes and they need special glasses. Both Anastasia and her brother Mixail are minus five. They are studying at universities and need good sight. Anastasia Ilia is studying and doing very well. From time to time does he have investigations and all seems to be fine. Polina is growing into a "big" beautiful girl who is doing well at school and she now she spend part of her spare time with good friends. She is doing well thanks to her mother's intensive care from her birth. Her mother is now collecting money for the second operation of the knee. The doctors are waiting as it is important. Fr. Pavel's mother (77 years old) is very ill and we have learned that she has a diabetes. She is living 350 km north of Moscow and we buy food and medicine and bring to her. She is better but it will last for some time more. Fr. Pavel's father, fr. Sergei (82 years old) is doing well. He is skiing one hour every day in the forest. Once more thank you for the very big work you are doing for collecting funds for helping the poor people in Moscow. Even there are very rich people here do we have many very poor families - specially now when financial crisis has started. The families we have been helping through the last 17 years are the targets for the crisis. We keep you in our prayers Connie
Subject: RWL Meeting
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2009 22:18:58 +0300 For the RWL Meeting Saturday January 10th. Dear all friends. I want to wish you all a very happy new year and all the best for 2009. Also I want to thank you for all your efforts to help the poor Russians through 2008. Your help is very important and goes to a great number of people. We are supporting 35 families, The Christian Gymnasium, Morozovskaya Children s Hospital, Dep. 21, The Orphanage at the Convent in Khodkovo and The Pariarcate Social Department, who support 110 families We have arranged 45 Christmas gifts for the girls in the orphanage in the Convent of Khodkovo The gifts contents of tooth paste and brush, cream for the face and a little towel. A shop in the nearest market arranged it all and the gifts were beautifully packed. It was just 500 USD. And the nuns are happy for the presents to the girls. Also Larisa needed new eyes glasses which is rather expensive now, 538 USD for two pairs, one for reading and another for long distance. The economical crisis has reached Russia/Moscow. The holidays for New Year and Christmas started December 30th and last until January 11th - without salary. F. Pavel's sister-in-law is going to lose her job as book keeper. The brother, f.Sergei is priest in a church outside Moscow and has a salary of 75 USD monthly. There are two grown up sons and the family is living of Tatiana's income. We are ready to support them. From now on and during the spring time we will support our families with food and medicine. Burn Project. Two doctors from Speransky Children's Burn Hospital are ready to go and join the project as well as Elena Perskaya is ready and planning to go. What we need - urgent - is a full program for two weeks in Ann Arbor. The hospital schedule and free time. This will be the background for asking funds for the flight tickets (Elena Perskaya's ticket will be paid of RWL). I suggest some pocket money for all three of them as well as the hosting families should be paid a sum for extra food. I hope this sounds reasonable. The three doctors are used to public transport and can use the AA buses from their living place to the hospital. I know that Elena is used to bike and can do this in AA as well. Important is that this is my last attempt for this project. We are ready here in Moscow and we are only waiting a program and time schedule from you. I hope we can have a program before February 15th - when I go to Denmark for 2BD week. I am back in Moscow March 5th. Christmas time is hard time for the priests and f. Pavel is exhausted. But he is serving wonderful God Services and we all enjoy the Christmas time. I wish you a blessed meeting and send my Best regards Connie PS.: I am well, getting better and better every day.
|Subject: Greetings from Moscow
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2008 23:15:36 +0400 Dear RWL friends. We have a very busy time these days. The Ministry of Immigration has accepted me and I am now preparing all the documents, health certificates, that I have not been imprisoned etc.,etc. Everything should be ready before my departure June 22nd. I'm very grateful for the financial support to go through this jungle. F.Pavel's papers for vacation in Greece must be prepared at the same time. And at the same time are we doing repair of the flat. St. Paul Society in Denmark has changed the name into "Help to Russia" (HtR). The name is still St. Paul Society in English. The new name should help us to get more members from a greater group. Its financial situation is very critical at the moment. We hope it will soon change. I will be on pension from December from the Danish State but I will continue my work as usual. Irina Mizitova's son, Kirill, need medication for 200 USD every month. This support is from your donation. Also part of the dental care for Irina herself is from your donation. The coordinator from one of the Street People projects called me today and asked help. A boy 16 years old died. His mother and grandmother have rejected him and he is now in the morgue. So the question was how to get him into a cemetery. The boy is baptized. He will be cremated and brought to f.Pavel's father f. Sergei 375 km north of Moscow. I do not yet know about the cost but some of the expenses would be covered of your donations. Also a man is in prison far from Moscow and needs food. It will also be from your donation. During the summer time are our teachers at Sviblovo not paid. That means three months without income and I will support them with your donation. Appolinarya (who had the operation) is in fine progress. So is Ilia who gets fine marks at his exams. Soon should the fee for the next academic year be paid. Because of the low rate of the USD is the fee this year 2.900 USD. We do hope for support for the fee. Therefore are your donations very important for keeping the support for the people. We know it is a big and hard work you are doing. I do not know what to do without your help. Thank you very much. A group from Ann Arbor will be very welcome in the middle of October. We just need to know the dates and numbers of participants now for booking the hotel and prepare. We keep you in our prayers and wish your meeting to be under the guidance of God. Best regards F.Pavel & Connie
|Response to a recent New York Times Article:
Subject: Religion in Russia--The NYT's View. 4 West Eden Court Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108 Work Phone 734/995-4217 Home Phone 734/477-9942 April 25, 2008 email@example.com The New York Times 229 West 43rd St. New York, New York 10036-3959 To the Editor: As one who has been involved in and supportive of the Christian revival in Russia, I find myself very troubled by your description (art., Apr. 24) of the religious situation there. Based on my own experience in that country, I am quite disturbed by the rather unbalanced picture you present of the Russian Orthodox Church and its attitudes towards other groups which is a much more varied situation than you describe in the article. There are some very good people at the level of the Patriarchate and at the parish level in the Russian Orthodox Church whom we ought to be supporting rather than spending large resources, as American Methodists have done, on proselytizing. Since 1998, our Russia With Love project has been involved, along with the Danish St. Paul Society, in supporting a joint Russian Orthodox/Danish Lutheran outreach to the poor in Moscow. It has been a rewarding and exciting experience to work with and see an old and venerable branch of the Christian Church revive itself and its charity work with meager resources after 70 years of unspeakable oppression. American Protestants concerned with promoting a Christian revival in Russia would find it much more rewarding and effective to follow our example rather than that of the Methodists and other foreign groups involved in proselytizing. Sincerely yours, John Howard Wilhelm, Chair, Russia With Love Steering Committee, Ann Arbor E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.orgEaster Greetings from Connie Meyer: