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Summer Time and the Livin’s Busy

25 July 2012 No Comment

DEVELOPING A NETWORK

metting with the provost of the theological school

Dear friends! I hope this summer is going well for you.

I wanted to bring you a brief update on how things are going in Russia. I returned home from my recent trip to the US on the 29th of May and for the first two weeks I was helping a team from the US traveling around St. Petersburg and ministering to individuals and churches. I hope you will be encouraged by the story of the young man Max in the recent hard copy of the RRR newsletter that is related to this aspect of the minitry.
Although summer months are considered to be the “dead season” for evangelical churches in Russia due to vacations, I am staying busy. It’s a good time to reconnect with pastors and to hear their hearts for ministry. I have been meeting with many Christian leaders and ministries.I am working on developing a stronger network in Russia and among Russian churches and pastors. I had a wonderful meeting with the head of one of the best ministries for orphans and street kids in St.Petersburg, another meeting with the provost of Christian St.Petersburg Theological University. In a meeting with the founder of a successful Christian School, we discussed possibilities of how our ministries can join forces to be more effective.

ISRAEL CONNECTION STILL GROWS

In my previous enewsletter I wrote about developing connections with Russian speaking churches in Israel.  Since returning from the US, I have had  three Israel related meetings totally independent of each other. As a leader for RRR and a Christian media personality I was invited by the St. Petersburg branch of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalemto a closed meeting with anofficial delegation of high ranking officials of Israel. I got to meet and personally interact with Knesset members and members of World Jewish Congress. The delegation included Israel’s Deputy Minister for the Advancement of Young People,  Students and Women Gila Gamliel, Member of Knesset Anastasia Michaeli, WJC  Secretary General Dan Diker and Knesset Christian Allies Caucus Director Josh Reinstein. The goal for this event was to promoteJudeo-Christian relations and to shore up support for Israel among evangelical Christians in Russia. Last year a minister in Virginia prophesied that I would be interacting with politicians of different countries. Well, I didn’t expect it to begin with Israeli officials.
Soon after that I went to see Pastor Vladimir Osipov to discuss current affairs and the future developments of the discipleship programs in his churches.  A pastor from Nazareth, Alexander and his wife, were visiting Vladimir and I got a chance to meet them and interact with them.  This pastor was very interested in the one-on-one discipleship programs that we use in Russia.  He wanted to learn more and possibly even have it introduced to his church.

Two weeks after that a friend of mine called me and told me that she had a conversation with a pastor friend from Israel and this pastor expressed interest in learning more about discipleship. He is one of the leaders of an association of about 20 Russian messianic congregations in Israel. When I met him we really clicked and we even learned that we have a number of friends in common in Russia and the US.  Now I have two invitations to come and visit Israel and bring Russian speaking materials to their congregations.  I am so excited about this new aspect of the ministry that the Lord seems to be developing. Please pray for our wisdom and sensitivity to God’s guidance.

CHURCH HOUSE IN A HANGAR

As a little bonus I invite you to take 2 min virtual video walk with me into one of the very few evangelical church buildings in Russia. This one is in the village of Druzhnaya Gorka

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