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If They Could Go Through That, I Can Too by Vladimir Osipov

28 September 2016 No Comment

Screenshot 2016-10-22 at 10.31.16I invite you to share in the joy of celebrating 25 years of service to Christians and churches in Russia! Each ministry trip American Christians have taken to Russia has brought encouragement to our emerging Christian leaders. As we began our ministry work, we would often become discouraged, but then our American brothers and sisters would visit to encourage and pray with us. We would observe them–people who were in ministry much longer than we–and be encouraged by their example. It was so good to hear about the impact of the word of God in America and then see the same word begin bearing fruit in Russia.

 I am grateful for Rick and Heather Ives–the founders of Russians Reaching Russians Ministry (RRR)–because they dared to respond to God’s call and move to Russia when times were difficult. They came to Russia to sow the seeds of the Word of God into the hearts of people in search of the meaning of life. Many came to know the Lord Jesus Christ, and multiple bible-believing and spirit-filled churches were planted as a result.

 Another aspect of the Russians Reaching Russians ministry that I personally enjoy is when seasoned Christian ministers from America come and share their hearts. They have been a great blessing to me by being honest with us and transparent about their difficulties and trials in the work of the ministry and sharing how they overcame them. Every time I speak with them I say to myself “If they could go through that, I can too.”

One of the leaders of RRR, pastor Grant Edwards from Springfield, Ohio, has been my hero and example of overcoming trials in ministry and personal life. He has been in ministry over 45 years and has experienced all kind of things. He honestly shares some of the painful experiences he had in ministry and how God helped him not to lose his heart while going through them.

 One of the many tools RRR has made available to us over the years is the one-on-one discipleship program for new believers called First Steps. We have been able to implement it in many churches as well as in Christian rehabilitation centers for people recovering from drug addiction in different regions of Russia.

Every time American teams come to us with trainings or seminars, we become equipped with new skills, tools, and knowledge. Yet even greater is the blessing received from the time of fellowship that we have in between sessions when we share meals together and talk face to face. Over the years we have grown close to our spiritual family in America. No matter what happens in the world around us, we know two things are certain: Jesus is coming back and we have people who love us and pray for us on the other side of the globe.

 We thank God for this relationship that we have with Christian brothers and sisters from the United States and we continue to raise and equip Christian leaders for the work of the Kingdom in Russia. I pray and hope that we would be able to continue this work together for many more years.

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