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Welcome to the Growing Up Wilby world. In 1989 I got invited to be a visiting scholar at a university in the Far East of the then still existing Soviet Union. When I finished my assignment and returned home the Soviet Union was gone. It might have been my fault. You can blame the dissolution on me if you like. I think the statute of limitations has long expired for them to come after me. Besides, I am old and if they did catch up with me, well then … so what? I will say up front that I take my faith seriously. I am not an in-your-face kind of Christian. That kind of approach doesn’t do any good anyway. But being a Christian does inform my actions. If that bothers you, you might want to close the book, and hit delete. No harm, no foul. If you are a Christian, too … well, then, this story could be about you also. This is the story of the Fall of the Soviet Union and perhaps the first and last Christian Church in Russia, also.