There has never been a more urgent time to train and equip young Christian leaders in Eurasia to share the gospel effectively in the midst of challenges and difficulties. The only way to fight the current spiritual darkness of Eurasia is by raising up strong young Christian leaders who can shape their culture and influence their nations for Christ.
Funding is still needed before the end of the year to provide School Without Walls (SWW) training seminars and Next Generation Professional Leadership forums. Please give today to equip and encourage young leaders to be more effective witnesses for Christ.
Your gift will equip young leaders like Rashid from Azerbaijan:
“I have been a Christian for quite a long time,” shares Rashid. “However, it isn’t always easy to share my beliefs with others, and I used to wonder if it was possible to share my faith in a way that people could understand, while also showing that I don’t have anything against them. After attending the SWW event in Shirvan, Azerbaijan in October, I realized all of the daily opportunities I have to serve those in need and share in their sufferings. I decided to start small by finding one person that I could serve and share Christ’s love with daily.
“At the same time, I was also looking for a job, and after praying about it, I was invited to work on a construction site. I rode to the site with several of my coworkers, and so I started talking to the guy sitting next to me. He shared about the challenges he was facing, and it soon became clear that he had heard about Christ and read the gospel before, but he wasn’t currently pursuing faith. Now, he was overwhelmed with misfortune. He had crashed his car, which left his wife in the hospital where she had to receive very expensive treatment. He was also sent to prison in Ganja, and since the conditions there are so bad, the prisoners are sent to work, but they have to give part of their monthly earnings to the prison. At first, I wondered if I really needed to help him, but then I remembered the SWW session, and I realized that God was giving me an opportunity to help this man.
“Not long after, I invited him to work on a project with me, which I knew was risky, because if there had only been enough work for one person, then I would have needed to let him take the project. Thankfully, there was plenty of work for both of us, and we were able to get a lot done very quickly. Now, my friend has already earned enough to cover two months of his prison fee and buy some new clothes! He is also coming to my home Bible study group with me! He hopes to build a new life for his family, and I am very thankful that, using what I learned at the SWW session, I was able to help him take a step toward God. This is what I’ve always wanted to do ever since I became a Christian!”
Please give today to support and training and equipping of Next Generation leaders like Rashid who are faithfully bringing the gospel to their nations. Tax-deductible gifts for 2016 can be made on our website until 11:59 PM Central Time on December 31, 2016.
- Praise God for our first ever Next Generation Professional Leaders Initiative (NGPLI) forum in Central Asia, which took place in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on November 12!
- Please pray for our Gift of Hope distribution efforts and other evangelistic events taking place throughout Eurasia during the Christmas season.
- Pray for a School Without Walls (SWW) youth conference that is taking place in Ukraine on December 2-3.
- Pray that God would bless our ministry leaders in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia’s North Caucasus as they expand our SWW efforts in these volatile regions.
- Pray for Church Without Walls (CWW) in Pinsk, Belarus, as the church leaders are applying for registration with the local authorities, while also expanding their various ministry initiatives.
- Please pray for SWW students in the city of Vanadzor, Armenia to be zealous for God and motivated to share the gospel with even more unreached people.
- Praise God for a group of 30 new SWW students in Russia’s North Caucasus who are committed to sharing the gospel!
- Pray for Vasiliy, one of the leaders of Reconciliation Church in Bobruisk, Belarus, as he ministers to broken families in his community.
- Pray for CWW in Moldova, as our ministry partners are planning many different social outreach efforts and other evangelistic events during the Christmas season.
- Please pray that God would grant wisdom and courage to believers in Armenia as they share the gospel with the unreached.
- Praise God for our ministry center in Vladikavkaz, Russia and our partners at Spiritual Renewal Church, who are dedicated to sharing the gospel throughout the North Caucasus!
- Pray that God would continue to bless our NGPLI efforts in Belarus so that even more young Christian professionals can learn how to share the gospel in their workplaces.
- Pray for wisdom for a group of SWW students in Georgia who want to start a ministry to the homeless.
- Please pray that God would provide new opportunities for SWW students to share the gospel with young people in local schools and universities in Vladikavkaz, Russia.
- Pray for Yuriy, our SWW coordinator in Pinsk, Belarus, as his mother-in-law is undergoing surgery, and he is also developing his own business.
- Pray that our containers of humanitarian aid goods for Ukraine would clear customs as quickly as possible so that we can continue bringing these goods to those in need.
- Pray that God would use SWW to raise up new church leaders in Russia’s North Caucasus and expand our ministry efforts in the region.
- Please pray for the leaders of Reconciliation Church in Bobruisk, Belarus as they encourage their congregation to continue growing in faith and sharing the gospel with their neighbors.
- Pray for Denis, our SWW coordinator in Svetliy, Moldova, as he seeks to faithfully serve the Lord and make enough time for his family.
- Praise God for a group of new SWW students in Russia who are participating in our Preparation for Success training seminars and inviting their friends to participate!
- Continue praying for Reconciliation Church in Bobruisk, Belarus as the church leaders apply for registration with the local authorities.
- Pray that our 12 SWW centers in Ukraine would help to prepare the Next Generation of Christian leaders for effective ministry.
- Please pray that God would grant courage to our brothers and sisters in Russia who are continuing to share the gospel, even in the midst of escalating religious persecution.
- Pray for Aram, our SWW coordinator in Armenia, and a group of SWW students as they minister to Lianna, a single mother who suffers from epilepsy and is struggling to care for her family. Praise God that she recently started going to church!
- Pray for Roman, one of our ministry partners at Reconciliation Church in Bobruisk, Belarus, as he recovers from a recent tumor removal surgery.
- Praise God that Ray and Cindy Le Clair, our missionaries in Ukraine, received permission to translate a teaching website into the Russian language! They are hoping to have it ready for a Christian Education Resource Network workshop for Christian teachers that will be taking place in January 2017.
- Please pray that our new SWW students in Gagauzia, Moldova would use their gifts and talents to reach their neighbors for Christ.
- Pray that God would be at work in the families that CWW in Pinsk, Belarus is serving so that they might come to accept Christ as their Savior.
- Continue praying for Georgiy, one of our SWW teachers in Vladikavkaz, Russia, as he is still trying to resolve a difficult financial situation related to a car accident he was in last year.
- Pray that God would lead nonbelievers to Reconciliation Church in Bobruisk, Belarus so that they may come to know Christ.
- Please pray for our SWW students in Haifa, Israel as they take their final exams and prepare for graduation.
“I used to believe that I was living a sinful life, because I could never follow all of Allah’s commandments,” shares a School Without Walls student from Azerbaijan, who asked to remain anonymous for security reasons. “I wanted to change my life, but I didn’t know how. I had no peace in my heart and I couldn’t find emotional or spiritual satisfaction in Islam. I was looking for a way to live according to God’s will, but I didn’t know where to find Him.
“One night, after my family had gone to bed, I turned on the TV and started watching a movie called ‘Jesus.’ The first words I heard were, ‘He suffered for our sins, and by His stripes we are healed.’ This immediately caught my attention, so I decided to watch the whole movie. It ended with a call to repentance, and I realized that Jesus had to suffer on the cross because of my sin. I started weeping, and I wondered why God would send His Son to die for someone like me, but I was so thankful that He had helped me find the truth that I had been looking for in Jesus Christ!
“Not long after this experience, a Christian woman who worked with my wife visited us. We had a long conversation about Christianity, and she gave us a copy of the Injil (New Testament). When I read it, I was convicted by John 14:6, where Jesus said, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’ With this verse, God once again showed me that Jesus is the Truth and the only way to Heaven. I am happy to say that I have now been a Christian for three years!
“During the last three years, I have learned that it is not enough to just believe in Jesus, but rather, my faith also needs to be reflected in my actions. I am a carpenter, and I make sure that everything I build is of the highest quality possible. I also want my work ethic to be pleasing to God. A local School Without Walls leader is mentoring me, and I am learning a lot from him. He has also encouraged me to get involved in ministry work in my city.”
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Today is known as Knowledge Day in Russia, Ukraine, and other countries of the former Soviet Union. It marks the end of summer and the beginning of the new school year. The 15,800 children impacted by our summer Bible camps ministry are returning to school today across Eurasia. And now is the perfect time to continue watering the seeds of faith that were planted in many young hearts by our Next Generation leaders at summer Bible camps.
This summer, our leaders were amazed at the hunger for God’s Word that so many children demonstrated at camp. Countless young lives were transformed by the power of Scripture as they encountered first-hand the love of God through the pages of His Word. For many of them, it was their first encounter with the message of Jesus.
And today, the window of opportunity is open to continue ministering to these children—and thousands more children across Eurasia who have yet to hear or respond to the gospel—with the transformative power of God’s Word. Our Next Generation leaders are distributing specially designed children’s Bibles to kids in their schools, orphanages, hospitals, community centers, and neighborhoods. The impact of these Bibles is infinite, as these children share their Bibles and the lessons they’ve learned with friends, families, teachers, and neighbors.
It costs just $5 to print a beautiful children’s Bible, designed to be culturally relevant and translated to be easy-to-understand for young readers. These special Bibles are personally placed in the hands of thousands of children by our School Without Walls (SWW) students and graduates. The cost of each Bible is small, but its impact is priceless.
Here are just a few of the many testimonies of young lives transformed through the reading of God’s Word:
Alex* from Russia
After receiving a children’s Bible at summer camp, Alex was so intrigued by this new book that he started reading it at every chance he got—even during lunch breaks. When the SWW students noticed that he wasn’t eating and brought him food, he held the book in one hand so he could keep reading while he ate! Our camp leaders were so touched by Alex’s dedication to God’s Word, they told us he was a living example of the verse, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4, ESV).
Katya* from Azerbaijan
From our SWW leader Stephanie*:
Nine-year-old Katya came from a very poor family, and it was obvious that she had already faced many hardships in her young life. The first day of camp she was quiet and withdrawn and didn’t interact with any of the other children. But after receiving a haircut and a fun hairstyle from one of the camp leaders, she was all smiles. And after starting to read her Bible, she began to open up. During Bible class, she asked the most questions. She was very bold, and it was clear that she was very seriously considering the lessons she was learning from the Bible. When we read the gospel narrative about Jesus’ resurrection, Katya became so excited. She immediately wanted to go and tell all of the other children in camp about this good news! During the rest of camp, we watched as she treated the other children with kindness and jumped in to support kids who were feeling shy. At the end of camp, she told us that she wanted to become a Christian and help others to know the love of Jesus.
It only costs $5 to print a life-changing children’s Bible—like the ones that touched Alex’s and Katya’s lives so profoundly. Consider providing a Bible today for our Next Generation leaders to place in the hands of precious children throughout Eurasia.
*Note: all names in this post have been changed
1. Praise God for a team of 10 young people from ShareWord Global (formerly The Gideons International in Canada) who recently helped us share the gospel with more than 1,000 at-risk children at 12 of our summer Bible camps in Moldova!
2. Pray that God would provide opportunities for our brothers and sisters in Russia to continue sharing the gospel, even in the midst of the challenges posed by new anti-terrorism laws.
3. Please pray that God would be at work in the hearts of children throughout the former Soviet Union/Eurasia during this last month of our summer Bible camp season.
4. Pray that God would grant wisdom to the leaders of Church Without Walls (CWW) in Pinsk, Belarus as they continue developing their ministry strategy.
5. Pray for Andrei, one of our ministry workers in Ukraine, as he participates in the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering in Indonesia on August 3-10.
6. Praise God for providing new leaders for our ministry center in Vladikavkaz, Russia who are committed to expanding School Without Walls (SWW) throughout the volatile Northern Caucasus and the Transcaucasian region!
7. Please pray for our ministry workers in Moldova as they prepare to open three new SWW locations this fall.
8. Pray for Aram, our SWW coordinator in Armenia, as he continues visiting sick people in his community.
9. Pray that our containers of humanitarian aid for Ukraine would clear customs quickly so that we can continue bringing desperately needed clothing, food, wheelchairs, and other goods to those in need.
10. Praise God for a kids’ club that SWW graduates are leading in several different villages in Perm, Russia!
11. Please pray for several upcoming events, including camps, movie nights, outreaches to orphans, picnics, and prayer meetings, that Reconciliation Church in Bobruisk, Belarus is planning.
12. Pray for a new youth center that we are opening in Haifa, Israel in partnership with the Living Israel congregation.
13. Pray for a group of new SWW students in Russia as they prepare for an upcoming bike trip that SWW leaders are organizing.
14. Praise God that 63 orphans heard the gospel during a recent summer Bible camp hosted by CWW in Pinsk, Belarus!
15. Please pray for our ministry workers throughout Central Asia as they continue sharing the gospel, even in the midst of escalating religious persecution.
16. Pray that God would grow evangelical churches in Russia’s Northern Caucasus and provide new opportunities for our SWW students in the region to reach young people by partnering with local schools and universities.
17. Pray for Denis, our Next Generation Professional Leaders Initiative (NGPLI) director, as he prepares for an upcoming NGPLI conference in St. Petersburg, Russia. Please also pray for his wife, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
18. Please pray that God would provide for the needs of God’s Family Church in Minsk, Belarus and b less the ministry efforts of the church’s SWW students.
19. Praise God that thousands of at-risk children in Belarus, Georgia, and Kyrgyzstan recently received copies of 101 Favorite Bible Stories, which we designed in partnership with Christian Aid Ministries!
20. Pray for Aleksandr, one of our ministry workers in Russia, as he will be presenting NGPLI at an upcoming conference in Krasnoyarsk.
21. Please continue praying for the leadership of CWW in Pinsk, Belarus, as they are still struggling to register with the government.
22. Pray for our ministry workers and SWW students in Armenia as they prepare for two big Christian concerts that will take place in Gyumri and Ijevan at the end of the month.
23. Praise God for new believers who were recently baptized in Vladikavkaz, Russia and are now joining in our ministry efforts!
24. Pray for Sasha, a SWW student in Bobruisk, Belarus, who was recently drafted by the army.
25. Please pray for SWW students in Israel as they continue sharing the gospel with Russian-speaking immigrants.
26. Pray for our ministry workers in Ukraine as they present NGPLI, as well as several of our other ministry initiatives, at the International Missionary Forum in Kiev on August 26-27.
27. Pray for Pavel, our director in Russia, as he prepares for an upcoming trip to Canada, where he will meet with several of our ministry partners.
28. Please pray for the members of Reconciliation Church in Bobruisk, Belarus, as many of them are struggling to find work.
29. Praise God for new SWW groups that will be starting in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia’s Northern Caucasus this fall!
30. Please continue praying that God would bring about an end to the conflict in Ukraine.
31. Pray for the launch of our 2016-2017 SWW program, which will start in September.
- Please pray that God would be at work in the hearts of the children who attend our upcoming summer Bible camps in Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, and Russia.
- Praise God that many of our containers of humanitarian aid have cleared customs in Ukraine!
- Pray for a Christian concert that School Without Walls (SWW) students in Gyumri, Armenia are organizing at the beginning of June. They expect that many nonbelievers will attend this event.
- Pray for God to provide for the needs of Church Without Walls (CWW) in Pinsk, Belarus, as well as the personal needs of the congregation.
- Pray for our ministry workers in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan as they prepare for an upcoming Next Generation Professional Leaders Initiative (NGPLI) forum.
- Please pray for God to provide new ministry opportunities for Yevgeniy, one of our ministry partners at a local church in Vladivostok, Russia. He has a great passion for sharing the gospel with young people.
- Pray for an upcoming special summer Bible camp for children that will take place in Israel. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to share the gospel in the Holy Land.
- Pray for Reconciliation Church in Bobruisk, Belarus, as many members of their congregation are facing personal difficulties, and many new members still have doubts about Christianity.
- Praise God that we have shared God’s love with nearly 1.4 million needy people in Ukraine through our “I Care” Refugee Assistance Program!
- Please pray that God would bless our church-planting efforts in Russia’s Northern Caucasus, particularly in the Muslim republics of Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia, and Kabardino-Balkaria.
- Pray that our SWW programs in Gyumri and Yerevan, Armenia would have fruitful attendance so even more young people will be prepared for ministry in their own communities.
- Praise God for an annual NGPLI youth conference that will take place in Kaluga, Russia on June 12-13! Please pray that the young Christian leaders who attend this conference would learn how to use their workplaces as opportunities for sharing the gospel.
- Pray for CWW in Pinsk, Belarus, as they are still experiencing difficulties with the official registration process.
- Pray for upcoming evangelistic events that many churches in Ukraine are planning for the summer, and that God would provide leaders who would step up and lead these events.
- Please continue praying for our brothers and sisters who are suffering for their faith in Central Asia, and for God to be at work through our Religious Freedom Initiative (RFI) as we advocate on their behalf.
- Pray for summer Bible camps that will take place in Russia’s volatile Northern Caucasus, as well as in Azerbaijan, where religious persecution of Christians is very common.
- Pray for SWW students in Georgia to be unified in Christ so that they can reach as many people as possible with the gospel.
- Pray for SWW students in Russia’s Perm region who are leading weekly classes on the basics of Christianity in the remote village of Nyrob. Pray that God would use them to speak into the hearts of the villagers.
- Please pray for Denys, our NGPLI director, and his wife, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Pray that God would grant her peace, and that He would heal her, if that is His will.
- Pray for the leaders of Reconciliation Church in Bobruisk, Belarus as they teach their congregation about the importance of discipling, forgiving, and loving one another in and through Christ.
- Praise God for His provision of new leadership for Spiritual Renewal Church in Russia’s Northern Caucasus!
- Pray for Aram, our SWW coordinator in Armenia, who is experiencing burnout and would like energy to continue serving God.
- Pray for an upcoming NGPLI forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, as well as conferences in Krasnoyarsk and Perm.
- Please pray for our RFI, through which we are encouraging pastors in Central Asia, Russia, and Ukraine to pursue and promote reconciliation.
- Praise God that Operation Mobilization Russia is interested in partnering with us in the Northern Caucasus! Pray that God would use this partnership to help us reach even more young people with the gospel.
- Pray that God would provide new ministry opportunities for SWW students to share the gospel with young people at local schools in Vladikavkaz, Russia, as well as through their ministry efforts in the Primorsky region.
- Pray for the development of a new youth ministry at CWW in Pinsk, Belarus, and that God would provide strong leaders for this initiative.
- Pray that God would use two of our SWW leaders from Kalmykia, Russia to share the gospel with their neighbors, as they are studying in Moldova to become tae-kwon-do instructors.
- Please continue to pray for peace in Ukraine so that the millions of needy people in this nation can start to heal and rebuild their homeland.
- Pray for our ministry leaders as we prepare for our 2016-2017 SWW program, through which we will train and equip even more young leaders to transform their nations with the gospel.