As a student of the American Civil War, I'm amazed at the courage that it took for young men to march, shoulder to shoulder, directly into the face of the enemy's muskets, cannons, and bayonets.  For instance, during the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, the 1st Minnesota Infantry Regiment suffered catastrophic casualties at Cemetery Ridge.  "Of the two hundred and sixty-two men who made the charge, two hundred and fifteen lay upon the field, stricken down by rebel bullets, forty-seven were still in line, and not a man was missing."(1)  That's 82% dead or wounded!

Now, on today's Footsteps, we hear the story of a different kind of courage.  When God called Russian pastor Yevgeny Bakhmutsky into Christian ministry, he and his family knew with 100% certainty that he would face persecution for his faith.  Take a listen to today's episode.  I think you'll be inspired.

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(Photo of Andy Napier and Yevgeny Bakhmutsky)


1. Minnesota Board of Commissioners on Publication of History of Minnesota in Civil and Indian Wars, Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars, 1861-1865 (St. Paul, Minnesota: Pioneer Press Company, 1890), 36, accessed January 6, 2022,



About The Author

Andy Napier

Andy Napier is the host and producer of TWR’s 2-minute daily feature called “Footsteps.” Previously, Andy served for 24 years with WMBW (Moody Radio Chattanooga, Tennessee) in several capacities including Program Director and Host of the Morning Program. Andy and his wife, Kathy, along with their two boys, Sam (13) and John Edward (10), made the move to North Carolina in October of 2013 to serve as missionaries with TWR.

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