Friday, June 12, 2009

The Road to Residency

One of the advantages to being in the U.S. right now is that I can take care of some paperwork that will be needed for obtaining a residency permit. There are some documents from the U.S. side of it that are necessary. And since they're not as time-sensitive, it makes sense to do them now.

Then when I get to Russia in September, I can get them translated and notarized, in preparation for applying for residency in January, at which point I'll need to do the medical tests and so forth.

That's the current plan. But no guarantees. ;)


  1. Oh, please, Annie! Just follow my responses and you will see what is going to happen.

    I think we all should think in terms that go like this one: When I am 60, will what I am doing now matter?

    I guarantee you, the answer will be no. James Dobson (although I think he is mostly a heretic) said it well when he said that at the end the only thing that will matter will be "the things we did for the Lord and the people we loved in our lives". Everything else will fade away.

  2. So, Vitali - why don't you think that the people Liz will love in Russia matter, and her participation in the ministry her father started? You may well be right that Russia will remain "pagan", but Liz probably does not aim to convert all of Russia...or perhaps not even one person - only to love them. I see that in nearly every post. She is just THERE for people, bringing Christ to them. Whether she does that in the US or Russia...maybe it doesn't matter, except it seems to me that she feels the Lord has drawn her to Russia (perhaps for some reason as yet unknown), and if nothing else it gives her pleasure.

    Liz - if people argued about me on my blog, I'd be so flattered.

  3. My problem is an utter hypocrisy. We can go to the "ends of the earth" to do something, and yet we neglect the very same thing that is constantly in front of our noses. I do not get it, I will never get it.

    Missionaries spend an enormous amount of time doing something outside of their own comfort zone, and yet they do not move a finger to do the same thing when they are back in their comfort zone. That's called hypocrisy. But what do I know?

  4. Vitali - you obviously don't know many missionaries nor have you seen them working in their own countries.

    In Russia my wife and I work with drug addicts and the homeless - I (and many other believers) have done the same in the United States. Have you ever taken the time to help a person addicted to drugs, suffering from HIV or who is homeless and has no official registration

  5. Michael and Karen McDonald, I would appreciate if you gave me some contact number/email address of the dedicated Christians who do the things you have mentioned in your post here in the US. I will join them in no time. You can contact me personally at:

    Thank you!


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