The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Postcards from Moscow

We witnessed the birth of Christ in the hearts of many

It was 25 degrees below zero when Alexy asked me if I had been baptized. We had just cleared the final police checkpoint and were in sight of the Coca-Cola plant where we worked. "Sure I have," I replied, somewhat surprised.

"Have your wife and children?" Replying in Russian, I said "koneshna" — of course!

Silence filled the car. After a few minutes Alexy said he and his entire family had been baptized the week before. I was amazed.

Alexy, 35, is a former colonel in the KGB's internal security division. He had never heard the word of God until a few months before. College educated, highly intelligent and a member of the nomenclatura — a privileged class of Communists — he had felt "empty." He wondered if all there was to life was security, work, a meager pension and then death. Christ filled that void before my eyes.

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