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Stories and Reflections on Russia from an American Missionary
The year 1989 was a heady time in international politics. In less than twelve months, the Soviet Union would begin to crumble. At that point, however, the United States and the USSR were still locked in a confrontation that could have ended at any moment with nuclear annihilation. Having grown up in this atmosphere of fear and dread this is the year Terry Webb chose to help bridge the gap between Russia and the United States and made her first trip to Russia. This insightful memoir tells the tale of her missionary work in the former Soviet Union/new Russia and the legacy of organizations dedicated to service and world peace. Webb got to know her new Russian friends and neighbors and worked with missionary teams and addiction-recovery groups. Dr. Webb’s story shows a different side of Russia and highlights the problems still plaguing Russians.
"Amazing! I highly recommend Terry Webb to be part of your lecture series.., She is a wealth of knowledge and loves to share that with her audiences.”
Our group flew into Helsinki, Finland in October. There we boarded a ship to Tallinn, Estonia. Besides our small tour group of Americans, Soviet and Estonian citizens with their multicolored striped cloth suitcases, loaded with newly purchased clothes, carrying TVs and other electronic devices, stood and sat around us.
When our ship docked, with my heart in my throat and my hands perspiring, I handed over my passport and visa to the waiting customs official in his booth. Miraculously, that day he didn’t examine our tour group’s suitcases, nor did he open the packages and bags of the other Soviet citizens and local Estonians. They made it through customs with all their foreign purchases as did we with our Bibles.
Anticipatory independence from the Soviet Union permeated our time in Estonia before we boarded our train to Moscow. In an upper room, a group of proud citizens shared their newly written constitution created during a Baltic Assembly on May 13–14, 1989. As we were to discover in our travels, many others were preparing for the time when Communism would not dominate their lives. Dick Rhodes share with us that Estonians wanted to create a dynamic order so that they might take their rightful place in the world family of nations.