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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

An Interview by ASSIST Founder Dan Wooding with Russian Journalist Mikhail Morgulis

By Jeremy Reynalds
Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
Mikhail Morgulis

TRONDHEIM, NORWAY (ANS) -- This interview by Dan Wooding with renowned Russian journalist Mikhail Morgulis took place at the 5th Annual International Christian Medical Conference in the beautiful Norwegian city of Trondheim, not far from the Arctic Circle.

There 200 doctors and medical professionals from 38 countries gathered on May 14 and 15 2008. They presented case studies and answered questions from their colleagues on miracles.

Morgulis told Wooding he hopes the conference will be a launchpad for people to see new examples of God's love and power.

Another attendee told Wooding, “There is a spiritual revolution taking place by Christian doctors around the world who met to affirm God’s power with their expertise and knowledge in medicine.”

Wooding asked Morgulis about his background as a journalist, and how he became a Christian. He told Wooding that some time ago after university in Kiev, and in the days of communist rule in the former Soviet Union, that he worked for a popular newspaper in a city with a population of about 800,000 people.

Regarding his faith, Morgulis said that many years ago he met with a Christian man and they started having a conversation about life and death. Margulis said he thought everyone was afraid of dying, until his friend told him that he knew of a group of people who had no fear of death. That’s because after death, he said, these people believe they will go to live in a different place.

Morgulis said that conversation intrigued him, and he asked his new friend who these people were. He learned that they were evangelical Christians. Morgulis knew that he needed to find the people who believed like this, so he started looking.

He told Wooding, “It was a very difficult time, because the KGB were arresting evangelical Christians, but finally I met with some ... and this was the start of my road to Christ.”

Morgulis told Wooding that through God’s grace he was able to move to the United States and start a ministry called Christian Bridge International.

According to the web site Russian-American Business (www.russianamericanbusiness.org/web_CURRENT/articles/10/1/Christian-Bridge-International) Christian Bridge International is one of the oldest nonprofit Slavic missions in the United States.

The web site states, “It is a Russian-American team of Christians who are working to facilitate American Christians’ contacts with believers in the former Soviet Union. The mission of Christian Bridge is rooted in the commitment to share the best of American Christianity with the people of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).”

That includes, Morgulis said, helping homeless kids in the Ukraine and Belarus by supporting a number of orphanages. In addition, Morgulis said, Christian Bridge has a Spiritual Diplomacy Foundation which supports a variety of different projects.

Morgulis said his ministry also has a TV program called Spiritual Diplomacy TV.

More about Morgulis

Some limited on line research about Morgulis suggests he was somewhat shy in detailing his accomplishments for Wooding.

The Russian-American Business web site says that while still living in the Soviet Union, Morgulis was awarded the First Prize in Literature by the communist government in 1972. He was also the first person to broadcast Christian programs on state-owned radio stations inside the USSR.

“Prior to that,” the web site says, “his message was heard on many Christian radio programs in the world, and millions of believers and nonbelievers in the CIS are familiar with his voice.”

In 1991, the web site continues, Morgulis also led a delegation of well-known American Christians to Moscow to visit the Supreme Soviet (Parliament), the Council of Ministers, the KGB and the Kremlin. There, for the first time in history, Morgulis prayed in front of KGB generals and other senior officers. In the Kremlin, where the delegation was received by Mikhail Gorbachev, he also prayed, and Gorbachev prayed with him.

Along with help from his friends, the web site says, Morgulis has published more than 100 titles of Christian books in Russian translation

For more information go to www.russianamericanbusiness.org/web_CURRENT/articles/10/1/Christian-Bridge-International 

ANS would like to thank Robin Frost for transcribing this interview.


Jeremy Reynalds is a freelance writer and the founder and CEO of Joy Junction, New Mexico's largest emergency homeless shelter, http://www.joyjunction.org He has a master's degree in communication from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. in intercultural education from Biola University in Los Angeles. His newest book is "The Face of Homelessness." Additional details are available at http://www.HomelessBook.com He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information contact: Jeremy Reynalds at jeremyreynalds@comcast.net. Tel: (505) 400-7145. Note: A higher resolution JPEG picture of Jeremy Reynalds is available on request from Dan Wooding at danjuma1@aol.com.

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