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Russia Trip 2012: The Bread of Life

Andrew & Will Graham approach Charis Bible College housed in bread baking warehouse. (Click to enlarge)The first stop on Andrew’s trip to Russia, after a brief unloading of luggage at his hotel room at the Park Inn hotel—was to Charis Bible College, St. Petersburg. And not for just a brief hello. Andrew taught for three hours and made himself available for question and answer to the students afterward. This international group of students soaked up their time with him, and followed the sessions with questions they had been burning to ask for Student led praise and worship.
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months. It is one thing to read, hear, and watch videos of the teacher who founded Charis Bible Colleges worldwide, it is quite another to have him in front of you, and willing to make himself available in a give and take discussion.

The Charis students meet on the third floor of a non-descript warehouse building housed among the massive bread baking factories that serve the entire city of St. Petersburg. While breaking CBC-Colorado grad, Carrie Pickett (right) speaks to students with Russian interpreter. (Click to enlarge)the bread of life in these secure surroundings, students and instructors are bathed constantly in the mouth watering aroma of baking bread. And the Russians do love their bread. At every meal there is always a choice, “black” or “white.” All manner of dark breads, from rye to hearty whole wheat are preferred here. It is a fitting metaphor for the appetite these students display for the almost-too-good-to-be-true Gospel, and the deeper, more intimate Andrew ministers with Velodya, his Russian interpreter. (Click to enlarge)relationship with God that it nourishes.

Filed May 24, 2012 by AWM Media Operations Manager, Stephen Bransford.

Reader Comments (1)

Stephen, Thank you so much for the beautiful and insightful articles about Andrew and your trip to Russia.....Alex and I feel as if we were there with you! What a blessing to have a front row seat in Russia while we are in Mexico! Thank you so much!

May 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Palomares

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