Last Full Day in Estonia -- home tomorrow!

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

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Today is my last full day in Estonia and the entire trip.  It's been a good trip.  Lots done, lots learned.
We begin by going to the Vangla, or Prison to see another inmate, Michael Olisa who had a Swedish father and Nigerian mother.  He is a talented musician well-known in Estonia.  He is quite a promoter and has lots of ideas.  He is in prison for five years on a narcotics conviction.  He will be freed on July20th.  Johnnie has visited with him on numerous previous occasions.
We visited with him from 9:30 till 10:30 am.  He came in contact with the Good News in prison through the other prisoner Valdur whom we visited with yesterday. After the visit we took the taxi back to the apartment and tried to see if could arrange for the visit with Paavo Pihlak and Jim Carlson of Pere Raadio, but they cannot be found. Johnnie will see them another time, but I will not.

We are ready to advertise the Russian Bible Study Course more fully on the air.  We have the printed lessons from Ukraine.  We have three commercials in Russian, Ukrainian and Etsonian advertising the Russian course. 
Today, we went back over the older list of people who wrote to Pere Raadio wanting something in Russian.  It's a list of about 165 people from Germany to Russia.  We want to send them a copy of Lesson One and ask them if they want to continue to send a response card back to us.  We work on that Wednesday afternoon.

Johnnie is doiing a valiant job in making up an Excel database for the 165 Russian names who want something in Russian.  The names and countries are intresting.  One request is from Bashkortostan.  I've never heard of it.  We go to Google to find out if there is a country called by that name.  Sure enough, it is a republic within Russia with the capital being Ufa.  I've not heard of Ufa since playing board game Risk years ago, I believe.  It's a republic-like district of Russia between the Volga River and the Ural Mountains.  Anyway, Lesson ONE of the Bible Study Course is going there.  It's interesting that this is the reach of Pere Raadio in Russian.

Johnnie worked until he could do any more names.  You just go crazy after so much time at it.. We both walked into town to send off our Bible Study Courses to five Slavic countries that we put together yesterday and in the morning.  We needed to buy more envelopes and A4 paper for a cover letter to go with Lesson One of the Bible Study Course in Russian.  

I love doing this, but realize that I'll be leaving Johnnie tomorrrow and he's going to have to carry on another more than two weeks alone without much companionship.  The work is tedious, exacting and has to be right to be any good. 

We got the mailing off, bought paper and the big shopping mall a few hundred feet from the Post Office called the Kaubamaja.  The have a little "Staples" type place there.  There we also got a salad at a cafeteria on the top floor with a nice view of the town of Tartu.  At the PO we then bought the large envelopes.  I got a bus ticket at the bus station for the 8:15 am bus back to Tallinn Airport the next day.    

We took a taxi back to the apartment because of all the stationery and then got right to work to get this mailing out the door.  We had to prepare the Bible Study Course lessons by inserting a response card (actually two of them) through the staples in the Bible Study Course. The person receiving this lesson will have to send the card back in order to continue with the Course. This list of people came from the radio station of people who really wanted Christian literature in Russian.  Johnnie and I are estimating that 25 percent of this list will continue with the Course. I noticed two new areas that I didn't see before:  Poland and Tatarstan. Again, I had to go to Google to find out where Tatarstan was.  It's somewaht of an autonomous republic wthin Russia about 600 miles east of Moscow.  It is on both sides of the Volga River near the city of Kazan. I have never heard of it. Must be a place where Tartars have been resettled.

We printed the merged labels, then the introductory cover letter that included the first name of the subscriber.  There are many steps in this process.  Then we had to make sure that the personlized letter matched the address label.  Then we stuffed the two items and sealed the envelope.  Afterwards we sorted by country. Job done!

Now we relax at 10:30 PM.  Johnnie brings out some goodies like smoked raw salmon and other things.  We joke with statements like:  "Raw fish -- it's not just for breakast anymore!"  We turn his TV with slingbox and watch FOX news through cable on that. Life can't be any better.  It's our last evening together.  Tomorrow AM off to the USA.
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