Two Days in Estonian Jail

Trip Start Jun 10, 2007
Trip End Jun 29, 2007

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Today we take our mailing to the Post Office and pick up the Russian Bible Study courses that came from Ukraine. It's somewhat of an inconvenience to have to be without a car and have to take and bring heavy things here and there.  The first thing to do was to get the mailing we put together to the Post Office. We carry out the nearly 200 pieces of mail outside and walk it over to the train station and go into the Post Office.  Here we go to a special franking deparment that calculates the postage for the entire mailing. The two workers there were Russian.  One was a young lady learning her job. Her boss patiently gave her instructions in Russian. It took about 15 minutes and a little like a bulk operation with envelopes in different ways. The postage was about $100...about 50 cents per piece. 

At the taxi we run into Helgi Luts, one of the people who attend our services.  She has had cancer and is goinig through chemotherapy right now. We talked several minutes.  Altogether, we have run into five people we know in town...either brethren or people we hanve known from the past.

Then we went to pick up our Russian Bible Study lessons that arrived from Ukraine.  Six 20 pound boxes were rolled out to us on a cart. Customs declaration was made for them as 'books" that were a "gift, not to be resold."  There was no problem handing them over to us.  I hope that this can work this easily for future printings and shipping. Overall, the price comes out quite cheaply for printing done in Ukraine.  The Russian Bible Study Course lessons cost us about 30 cents apiece. Only the cover is in color with the interior photos converted to black and white. Again we have to haul the six boxes outside, find a taxi and take everything back to the apartment and haul everything inside the apartment.  The six boxes are the first six lessons and a start for our fulfilling orders. Now, we can advertise on the radio station with the big Russian language reach. It's really exciting to us to be able to do this from start to finish....from promotion to mailing out from here.
Now we go to the Tartu Prison - Vangla and visit prisoner Valdur Vesingi. He is 52 years old and has served six years of a 20 year sentence.  In the chapel he found a Good News.  He contacted us and Johnnie Lambert has been visiting him every time he comes to Estonia. We took the taxi again to the prison on the outskirts of town.  We went through processing as visitors.  In February of this past year Johnnie conducted a Bible Study for about 35 prisoners. 

We filled out the official visiting form which was all in Estonian.  On a previous visit Johnnie had listed himself as the prisoner to be visited.  The prison guard found that amusing.
We spent one hour with Valdur. We had to talk to him through a sealed glass window and talk through a telephone.  It took a little getting used to doing this, but after while it was OK.  He is from the border city of Valga which sits on the Estonian / Latvian border.  It was a good visit and I intend to come to see him each time I visit here. 
Tomorrow we're scheduled to visit another prisoner here.        

Bev got a hold of me on Skype and I was able to speak to my granddaughter and tell her that I was coming home on the airplane very soon.  

We then came home and worked on the Russian data base as we had it. We have a separate data base for each country requesting the Bible Study Course.  From this we will be making mailing labels and keeping track what lesson was sent out  on what date. Right now we have requests from the following countries in Russian:
Then we walked into town and went to a Georgian restaurant. Again, it was authentic, cozy and the food was excellent.  Johnnie and I have enjoyed each other's company. 
On the way home we had a chance meeting with Merje, an extra competant lady who used to work for the Pallas Hotell where people generally stay for the Feast. She has a very bubbly perosnality. She now works for the governement and deals with international relations.  She is very diligent in doing a good job.  We have always liked her a lot.

Back at the apartment we printed out address labels for all five countries for the Russian Bible Study Course.   Lookin' good. 

We went to bed a little earlier than we had the past few days.  All this has been a bit tedious and we need a good night's rest. Tomorrow, back to prison . 
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