Dateline Moscow

Andrew McChesney

News Editor – Adventist Review

​God Doesn’t Need Me

Alexei stopped me in the church hall after the worship service on a recent Sabbath.

“I don’t know if you can help, and I don’t know if this is a Sabbath discussion,” he told me, “but my sister is in trouble.”

It turned out that Alexei’s sister, Lena, a nonbeliever whom I had met once when she visited our church, was pregnant and wanted to fly to the United States to join her American husband before the birth of their child.

But when Lena had gone to the Moscow airport to check in for her flight, she had found that her United States green card had disappeared.

In a panic she tried to contact the U.S. embassy to ask for a …

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