Everywhere he traveled, the churches sprang up around him.
It happened in Thrace, in Macedonia, in the Crimea, along the Danube River, and even in distant Russia, where he also brought many converts to Christ. Standing at the summit of a group of lofty hills (the great Russian city of Kiev would be built here one day), he raised his eyes to the shimmering horizon and declared: “See ye these hills? Upon these hills will shine forth the beneficence of God, and there will be here a great city, and God shalt raise up many churches!”
He was a great church-builder, but not from his own strength. For the Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called, every accomplishment flowed from the wondrous and holy power of God. Hadn’t the Forerunner – the supremely blessed St. John the Baptist himself – made that same point, at the moment when he took Andrew by the arm on that wonderful afternoon in Galilee . . . and then pointed to Jesus while uttering a wild cry from the heart:
Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world. (John 1: 29-36)