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Seed of the Volga


“The book he held in his hand was the essence of his spiritual existence, it was the source of his decisions, it was the BIBLE.”

Pregnant and unwed, Princes Theraisa Von Steiner fled from her father's Black Forest castle, in the safety of her Aunt who accompanied her to a family refuge along the Russian Volga River. From his untimely conception, until his death, the life of David Steiner was filled with conflict and lost opportunity. He struggled to find his niche, only to fail time and again. He and his wife Sofie enjoyed a good life in the century-old, German village of Susannenthal. They lived peacefully along the Volga River in Russia, until their very existence was threatened by the volatile Russian government.

They came with a Bible in one hand and a sugar beet hoe in the other. Author unknown

Emigrating to America in 1907, David and Sofie along with their three small daughters begin a life-long quest for a place that felt like the home they left, a place where they belonged. David moves his family across the country from Baltimore to Michigan, to Wyoming and back again, time after time, never settling long enough to shake the dust from the road. Nowhere they tried--moved to, were the streets paved in gold. Sofie and their growing family finally have enough of ‘the moving’ and they put down stakes in Lovell, Wyoming, where they raise their nine children. They survive the 1918 Flu, the first World War, then struggle through the Great Depression, and watch their sons go off to a second world war. They never have much, but they have each other and their family. Is it enough? How will the cards fall in the end?

SEED OF THE VOLGA depicts the struggles and conflict eased only by David and Sofie’s eternal love. What does it take to leave your home and family, knowing you will never see them again? What is it like to try to establish your life in a country where you don’t speak the language or understand the culture? Walking onto American soil with two suitcases, how did they begin again? Historical facts and events are woven into this story of faith, devotion, and dreams. It could be your family's story!

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