Posts Tagged Harvey Yoder

Letter to the Editor: A Small Price to Pay – A Time from the Past

Oct 8th, 2012 Posted in PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT | Comments Off on Letter to the Editor: A Small Price to Pay – A Time from the Past

Dear Lighthouse Trails:

Small-Price-To-PayI just finished reading A Small Price to Pay. It really touched a chord with me. Back in the ’80s we had a large poster on our wall that had photos and and descriptions of pastors and other Christian workers who were facing persecution in the Soviet Union. We prayed for those folks regularly. Then during our time of serving in Russia we visited a “House of Prayer” in the town of Rybinsk that had recently been given back to the church after years of being shuttered by the authorities. That church had a huge depiction of that same poster up on their wall.Anyway, all that to say that I think that Mikhail Khorev was one of the faces on that poster. In the book he talks about a time in prison when things were at their worst and then all of a sudden his treatment improved. He attributed that in part to those who were praying for him around the world. I gotta tell you that kind of gave me a thrill to think that I might have been praying for him at that time.

There were other Russian Christians that we prayed for regularly (the Vachshenkos, Valerie Barinov) that the Lord allowed us to spend some time with. We knew that our prayers (and the prayers of others) resulted in their release from prison. It’s such a blessing to learn that Khorev may be another testament to the fact that God hears and answers my prayers.

I love books like that. Keep up the good work.

In Christ,


My Father’s Footsteps – Imprisoned for his faith – The third time

Jun 20th, 2011 Posted in company information, Excerpts | Comments Off on My Father’s Footsteps – Imprisoned for his faith – The third time

Courtesy Kjos Ministries

From A Small Price to Pay by Harvey Yoder

The prison door shut behind me with a bang. I heard the key turn in the huge lock, then the guard’s footsteps faded away. Three days of solitary confinement. That was the usual procedure before being admitted into a prison. I was alone.

But not really. Christ was present with me. And I had another reason not to feel alone. In fact, I was rather excited. Memories were flooding my mind. After nearly eight years of relative freedom, I had once again been arrested. This time, I had gone to visit a Christian woman in Leningrad. When I returned to my sisters’ house after midnight, they had come out to greet me. Two officers had appeared out of the shadows and told me I was under arrest….

At the trial, the usual accusations were held against me—teaching minors about God, holding meetings without permission from the state, not registering our churches with the state.

This time, they added a new charge. I was charged with creating an unhealthy environment because too many people had crowded into one space. Some expert had come up with the idea that it was not sanitary for so many people to be breathing the same air for an extended period of time. I wanted to ask them who was going charge the government with creating an unhealthy environment the trams, buses, and trains. Those public transport vehicles were far more crowded than our meeting places. But I knew it was hopeless to say anything….

Now, here in my cell, I was reflecting on what my mother had told us after Papa had been arrested. “He is in Sverdlovsk in prison.” This was all we knew for some time.

Now I was in Sverdlovsk. I was in the same prison my father had been in! This excited me, for my mind went back to my memories of Papa. Had he spent time in this very cell?

Even though my breath was quite visible in the cold air, I eagerly examined the cell walls. Had Papa left some message behind, scrawled on the wall? Had he stood here, looking up at the barred window that let in a small patch of light from the waning day?… It was quite possible that my father really had been in this cell. It was one of the cells that held all the new inmates.

Forty years had passed since Papa had been in this prison. When I had been unloaded from the Black Raven, I imagined my fatherwalking through the courtyard, standing at attention on the granite slab as his sentence was read. When I stood on that slab upon my arrival, I tried to fit my shoes into the worn spaces that marked the granite. So many thousands of prisoners had stood there that there were actually small hollows where the shoes had worn away the surface of the hard stone. Here was where my father had stood!  (Excerpt from A Small Price to Pay – courtesy Kjos Ministries)

Book Review: A Small Price to Pay

May 1st, 2011 Posted in Book/DVD Reviews | Comments Off on Book Review: A Small Price to Pay

Mikhail Khorev grew up in the communist Soviet Union during World War II.  His family was often homeless and starving because of the government’s intolerance of Christianity.  Raised by a father who died in prison for preaching God’s word, and a mother who never lost her faith, Mikhail grew up to be a minister of the gospel despite the constant threat of imprisonment.
A Small Price to Pay is about how Mikhail was imprisoned repeatedly for the “crime” of sharing his Christian faith with others but each time he saw it as an opportunity to reach other inmates for Christ.  At times the conditions and torture became unbearable but each time the Lord sustained him.

New Book at LT: “A Small Price to Pay” – True Story

Feb 10th, 2011 Posted in new releases | Comments Off on New Book at LT: “A Small Price to Pay” – True Story

A book you will not be able to put down!

Living in the Soviet Union under cruel communism, Mikhail Khorev finds grace to suffer any trial for God.

Small-Price-To-PayA TRUE STORY
Written by Harvey Yode

Book Information:
Biography of Mikhail Khorev
Written by Harvey Yoder

Retail: $11.95, 214 pages
Softbound, 13 page photo section included
TGS International Publishing

From the book: “Please, would you let us stay inside your house tonight? It is so cold and my children and I would appreciate if we could just have some kind of shelter.” Mama was talking fast through the closed door.

“How many?” We could hear the voice from inside.
“I have four children,” Mama answered hopefully.
“I have no room for such a big family,” the voice said firmly.

Mama turned and joined us. We crossed the street and trudged a little further up the road to an intersection. Without a word, Mama spread our only blanket on the ground next to a wooden fence outside someone’s yard. We huddled together, trying to stay warm.

Living in the Soviet Union under cruel, atheistic communism and growing up during World War II, young Mikhail Khorev saw much suffering and death. Often homeless and near starvation, he struggled to believe in God’s love. This inspiring story of how Mikhail grew to be a man of God, willing to suffer prison for the God who loved him, will move you to tears and strengthen your faith. You, too, will come to realize that everything we can give to the Christ who saves us is still … From A Small Price To Pay

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