“My children! I am giving you these writings of mine describing my life as a testament that you may work harder for God than I worked for Him...”
The author, a native Altai tribesman, Father Mikhail Chevalkov, was a man of great moral courage and integrity. He was one of the first native disciples of the Russian Orthodox missionary priest Makarii (Glukharev), glorified as a saint in 2000 AD. In this simple yet profound narrative, the reader travels with Chevalkov, through his life as we learn of his conversion, his struggle for literacy, the care shown to his family, and his numerous encounters with pagan tribes. Chevalkov created the written Altai language as he translated church service books and religious songs, as well as allegorical poems, parables and maxims. This memoir will enrapture the reader with its directness and beauty whilst also providing invaluable insights for students of Christian mission, ethnography, and geography .
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A remarkably simple and yet profoundly deep narrative in which we are introduced to the remote world of the nineteenth century Altai. A mountainous region of southern Siberia, it has peaks rising to nearly fifteen thousand feet and possesses unique flora and fauna. Much of the present day region is incorporated within a UNESCO world heritage site known as “The Golden Mountains of Altai.” The native Altai tribesman Mikhail Chelvalkov vividly describes the physical beauty of the region whilst chronicling many of the encounters which took place throughout his life as the population was transformed from competing nomadic pagan tribes to a settled and harmonious Orthodox Christian culture. Fr. Mikhail was one of the first native disciples of the Russian Orthodox missionary priest Makarii (Glukharev), who was glorified as a saint in 2000 AD. This vivid translation of his testament will both enrapture the reader with its directness and beauty and also provide invaluable insights for students of Christian mission, ethnography, geography and botany.
Introduction 1. A Journey Begins
Awakening to God
The Wisdom of Father Macarios
A New Home
2. Interpreter of Faith
On Missionary Roads
Baptism of Tiban
Prayers Answered by St Nicholas
3. Raising Voices and Hearts to God
A Women’s Monastery
Russian Emissary to China
Baptizing among the Yurts
Miracles Never Cease
The Baptism of the People of Ak-Korymsk
4. Admonitions to My Children
To My Children and Their Descendants
The Long Arm
His conversion to Orthodoxy and his ability to translate the living Word for others to learn and be baptised is truly inspiring. His unfaltering trust in the Lord is a lesson in and of itself…. Fr. Mikhail is a saint to have lived his life for God and with God, fasting and praying unceasingly…. I do feel humbled to be able to read what was intended for this man's family.
Cindy Nimey, President,
- Antiochian Women of North America
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I was traveling for quite a while and brought along some "light reading". Testament was just charming. It's a deep story written in a simple manner that kept my attention through jet lag and too much travel.
Thank you. In Christ, Marie
Binding: Paperback, 168 pages ISBN: 9780884651840 Format: 7in x 5in