Nikolai is a Christian missionary to Kamchatka – that’s an eastern peninsula above Japan that is VERY cold. The people there are very isolated and poor since the Soviet Union stopped supporting them. And very few missionaries are willing to go to them, especially in the Winter when it is dangerous to travel. Siberia is tough, but Kamchatka is still frozen when Siberia is growing tulips.
Nikolai has been using Russian snowmobiles from the 1960’s. Buran snowmobiles were unreliable when they were brand new. On his last trip, Nikolai’s snowmobiles broke down TWICE in weather that was negative 40 degrees. This can be fatal. Replacing a piston, in the dark, in the snow, 200 miles from the nearest home is just too much.
Here is a link so that you can see what one of these things looks like. It’s off youtube and not associated with Nikolai at all – one of the mechanics uses the B-word. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZ4JmguWRPM
That is not the kind of vehicle you would want to entrust your life to.
Here is Nikolai discussing the need for two newer snow vehicles.
Here’s Nikolai preaching about the need for Generational Blessing. The message is in 3 parts. Nik is articulate, funny, and profound. I love this guy!
If you or if you know someone who has a working snowmobile, please consider a tax-deductible gift to a sincere and effective Christian missionary. Last Chance Chapel of Helena, MT will make all the arrangements and ship the vehicles out of Seattle. Nikolai can be reached at email@example.com