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Russia Today by Grant Edwards

21 November 2016 No Comment

I have been travelling frequently to Russia since 1992 – about 25 year. I have lost count of the actual number of trips, but would estimate about 40.

I am not an expert on Russian culture, economics, or politics. But I have a lot of observational experience of the Russian Protestant Church. I just arrived back from a trip to St. Petersburg where I was involved with ministry at five different churches, taught five conferences, and had numerous appointments with Russian church leaders.

Below are some notes …

The churches around St. Petersburg (and elsewhere) show signs of maturity. They are not growing exponentially in numbers but are growing in depth of discipleship.

The Russian leaders … most of whom are about 20 years old in the Lord … long for mentors and spiritual fathers.

Russian Christians are filled with joy. I love to worship in Russian churches. I don’t know the language but they sing the same songs that we do in America.

Most of the churches that we work with are planting other churches, engaged in sending missionaries, run re-hab facilities, and take care of orphans.

Russian Christians still love to have American Christians visit.

One of the pastors that I met with is the pastor of a large church in Siberia. He flew to St. Petersburg to meet with me. He said his research shows that there are only 50 churches in Russian with attendance of over 500.

Russia is nine time zones. The largest country in the world and there are only 50 churches of plus 500 in attendance!

In Russians Reaching Russians literature, we have often said that Russia is the largest mission field in the world. The statistics still support that. There are victories and a maturing church—but still a lot to be done.

This same pastor wants Russian Reaching Russians to come to Siberia in May to lead a First Steps conference on discipleship and also hold a leadership conference. The pastor believes that representatives from 20 to 30 of the plus 500 member churches will come.

You should consider going as well.

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