Ultimately, the result for Vlad was that the judge upheld the original verdict.

As it happens, this appeal wasn’t as important as we at first thought.  Vlad’s accusers have already appealed to the Supreme Court, so even if he’d won this appeal, he would still need to appear there in two to three months.

Only family was allowed to be present at the hearing.  Vika, his wife, said that he was pretty discouraged about the result.  He’ll be in jail at least another two months.

The lawyer talked a good talk regarding the supreme court.  But I feel like they were just words to bolster morale and trust in him and not necessarily the truth.  Guess we’ll see.

VLAD pray for

Vlad’s appeal date is tomorrow.


He was a driver involved in an accident several years ago.

He was unjustly accused and unjustly sentenced to six years in jail and $100,000 fine to be paid to the family of the lady who died. 

They bribed the judge to find him guilty, ALL evidence to the contrary.

He has spent over 2 months in jail already.

Tomorrow is his appeal date.

We’ll go in, but probably won’t be let into the court room.  There is a chance they’ll let us in, so we’ll take our passports.

Please pray for the whole situation.  I think it will start at 8:30 in the morning. 

December has come and gone

This is the letter we sent out earlier this month.  Since doing so, things have continued to go well without any major hiccups.  A Christmas tree brightly decorates the corner of our lounge room.  The kids have bought presents for a surprising number of people and are excited for Christmas to come round on the 7th of January.  I’m looking forward to next week when I’ll take a break from the cold mornings on the building site.  (They are killers!)

Priscilla’s parents are coming here in a few days to spend Christmas with us and we’re looking forward to that time.

May God bless you and keep you during 2012!

Greetings from a warm room in a small village overlooking a wide river in a troubled country.

Live and suffer

Like it or not, we live in a world of pain.  “Live and suffer.  That’s my motto.” 

Man!  I’m glad I don’t really have that level of “moroseness”!  It has been an interesting couple of weeks since I last wrote here.

We’ve had a number of hospital visits for one much loved mother-in-law of mine.  She had her gall bladder taken out and is doing well. 

The girls are doing wonderfully allergy-wise.  They are staying clear of certain foods and it is sure making a difference.

I am working flat out at the building site trying to get the walls up and roof on before it snows and winter really sets in.  Most mornings we start work with the temperatures below freezing.  It warms up to +1 or +2 by mid-morning and feels great!  Everything is comparative, eh?  Because we are laying blocks, we have to use an accelerator in the cement so that it goes off quicker.  It seems to be working well.  I enjoy working.  I also enjoy the time with the two guys, Igor and Kolya.  This last week, we’ve also had Vitya, Vanya, Sergei, Ivan and Denis working the afternoons after lessons.  It’s all good.  Well... mostly.  This last week, I nearly managed to slice my leg right open with the angle grinder.  As it was, I just gave myself a nice wound and did something to my left wrist.  Still not sure if I'll be ok to work Monday.