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Topic: Asia (02/26/09)
- TITLE: Slava
By Karlene Jacobsen
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His name was General Vyacheslav Ivanovich Borisov—I will refer to him as Slava—of the Russian military he was a sworn atheist and dedicated persecutor of Christians. While flying in a helicopter in a mission over Afghanistan, rebels fired shots that would inevitably bring the helicopter crashing to the ground.
Slava knew his life was over, and without thinking cried out, “Áîã ñîõðàíÿåò ìåíÿ” (Translated- God save me!) The chopper landed, and six months later he woke from a coma a new man. Slava had experienced his own Saul/Paul conversion. He woke up, no longer an atheist, but a Christian.
Later, he went on to preach; telling other soldiers of Jesus. Through his testimony, many Russian soldiers have come to Christ. He has also visited the United States on several occasions. It seems he felt he was called as sort of a missionary to our beloved nation—the land of the free, and home of the brave—to warn and exhort us. He shared that prayer was the first to be taken out of the public schools then from the public squares in Russia. He continued; comparing pre- Communist Russia nation to the USA, and her determination to lean toward communism.
Hey now, put that rock down. I didn’t say it, the Russian did. *Running to hide behind a cinder wall*. Come on, let’s be reasonable. You asked me to tell you the story from that video, “General War”. You don’t have to agree with him; but it sure does give me pause to think.
Now, what was I saying? Hmmm… Oh yes, Slava; he has so inspired me in my walk with Christ; I have decided to travel to Russia for my next vacation. My heart pounds for the opportunity to see the land that once we called enemy and shake their hand.
Some day I’ll set foot in St. Petersburg and then head over to Siberia. I don’t know what is so horrible they would send criminals there, I’ve seen pictures. The landscape is beautiful.
What did you say? *Poking ear from behind the cinder wall* Cold? Of course Siberia can be cold, that is why skiing is so great there!
You know, I’m kinda getting tired of talking around this wall; you won’t stone me if I come out will ya? Honestly, I don’t mean to get all political back there, sorry if I offended you. *Peeking around the wall.* Alright, well I’m taking my chances. I so enjoy face-to-face talks.
Anyway, as I was saying; Siberia is close to Mongolia I believe. You can go rafting and swimming in Lake Baikal. I think it would be loads of fun.
What’s that got to do with Slava, you ask? Well, his son has agreed to be my tour guide throughout the trip and tell me more about his father. That will be the best part of the trip.
What? Oh, of course I’m sure this man is his son… how many Borisovs could there be in Russia?
*Looking at watch* Oh my, look at the time, I really must be going. We’ll talk later, ok?
Borisov is a very common name in Russia, much like Smith is in USA.
While the Russian general existed and the facts surrounding his conversion are true, the bulk of this story are fiction.
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