I stole a glance around the room, and noticed several of the men and women sitting with mouths gaping as the Russian General told his story. I could not help myself when I laughed aloud at them; if the room were full of flies, those people would have caught them all. They were fixated on the man and his near-death experience. In fact, so torn was my attention from the man, I barely caught the story myself. However, Iíll try and tell it as best as I could understand on the video my husband bought after the meeting.
His name was General Vyacheslav Ivanovich BorisovóI will refer to him as Slavaóof 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, ďŃÓ„ ŮÓűūŗŪˇŚÚ žŚŪˇĒ (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 nationóthe land of the free, and home of the braveóto 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 didnít say it, the Russian did. *Running to hide behind a cinder wall*. Come on, letís be reasonable. You asked me to tell you the story from that video, ďGeneral WarĒ. You donít have to agree with him; but it sure does give me pause to think.
Now, what was I saying? HmmmÖ 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 Iíll set foot in St. Petersburg and then head over to Siberia. I donít know what is so horrible they would send criminals there, Iíve 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, Iím kinda getting tired of talking around this wall; you wonít stone me if I come out will ya? Honestly, I donít mean to get all political back there, sorry if I offended you. *Peeking around the wall.* Alright, well Iím 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.
Whatís 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 Iím sure this man is his sonÖ how many Borisovs could there be in Russia?
*Looking at watch* Oh my, look at the time, I really must be going. Weíll 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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