January 2017 Prayer Requests

 

  1. img_4895  Please pray for our School Without Walls (SWW) students as they continue distributing Gifts of Hope to children in several different countries in Eurasia this month.
  2. Pray for our SWW coordinator in Uzbekistan, as he was recently fined for doing ministry work and is experiencing some personal health issues.
  3. Praise God for SWW training events and social outreach projects that are taking place in Vladivostok, Russia on January 3-6!
  4. Pray for a new Christian school that will be launching in Haifa, Israel this month.
  5. Please pray for several families that attend Reconciliation Church in Bobruisk, Belarus who are experiencing health problems and financial difficulty.
  6. psedrmkraz0-1Pray for our SWW students and teachers in Perm, Russia, particularly a group that recently launched in the city of Chaykovsky.
  7. Pray that God would strengthen Edgar, Robert, and Vaye, three Christian policemen in Armenia, who may lose their jobs for attending church.
  8. Praise God that SWW is growing in Russia’s North Caucasus, and that our ministry partners in the region remain committed to expanding this program so that even more young people may come to know Christ through home Bible study groups, training seminars, and more!
  9. Please continue praying for Church Without Walls (CWW) in Pinsk, Belarus, as they are still trying to register with local authorities.
  10. Pray that God would bring about an end to the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine so that this hurting nation can start to heal and Ukraine and Russia can be reconciled.
  11. Pray for our SWW and church-planting efforts in Russia’s North Caucasus as we expand our ministry to share the gospel with even more unreached people in this volatile region.
  12. Please pray for Eduard, our SWW coordinator in Moldova, as he and his wife are looking for a new place to live.
  13. Pray for two new ministry projects in Omsk, Russia: the translation of the gospel into the Siberian Tatar language and the restoration of a Christian center in Tara.
  14. 0v7lxt2vzqyPraise God for an evangelistic youth outreach event that is taking place in Armenia today!
  15. Pray for ongoing discipleship at CWW in Pinsk, Belarus, especially as several people recently accepted Christ and are now looking for ways to grow in their faith.
  16. Please pray for our SWW leaders in Vladivostok, Russia as they continue expanding SWW and youth outreach projects, while also looking for a new ministry building.
  17. Pray for the children’s ministry center that Eduard, our SWW coordinator in Moldova, and his wife started, as many of the children’s parents are Orthodox and don’t want their children attending the center.
  18. Pray for Valeriy, our SWW coordinator in Krasnodar, Russia, and his family, as he is dealing with health issues and looking for another job, all while continuing to develop training events for SWW students and other young leaders.
  19. Praise God that many of our containers of humanitarian aid for Ukraine have cleared customs! Please also pray that the remaining containers would clear quickly so we can continue bringing humanitarian aid to those who are suffering.
  20. Pray for Yevgeniy, our SWW coordinator in Vladivostok, Russia, and his son, who is applying to seminary in Moscow.
  21. Please pray for an upcoming regional church conference in Brest, Belarus that CWW is helping to organize.
  22. Continue praying for Georgiy, one of our SWW teachers in Vladikavkaz, Russia, as he is still dealing with issues related to a car accident he was in last year.
  23. Pray for our SWW leaders and ministry partners as they seek to develop and lead new ministry initiatives, while also making enough time for their families.
  24. Praise God that School #31 and Agrarian University in Vladikavkaz, Russia are now allowing SWW students to host preventative lectures for students! Please pray that more schools would follow their example.
  25. Please pray for Reconciliation Church in Bobruisk, Belarus, as they are still trying to register their building with local authorities.
  26. Continue praying for our brothers and sisters in Russia as they continue sharing the gospel, even in the midst of growing religious persecution.
  27. Pray for new SWW students in Armenia, particularly an evangelical music group that is holding concerts in Armenia and Georgia.
  28. Praise God for a group of SWW students in Krasnodar, Russia that wants to plant a new church in their city!
  29. Please pray that God would keep Vyacheslav, our SWW coordinator in Yekaterinburg, Russia, and his family healthy.
  30. Pray for a Next Generation Professional Leaders Initiative conference that will take place in Belarus next month.
  31. Pray that SWW students in Omsk, Russia would continue to grow spiritually and fearlessly share their faith during a weeklong mission trip to the Tatar people group in February.

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December 2016 Prayer Requests

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  1. 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!
  2. Please pray for our Gift of Hope distribution efforts and other evangelistic events taking place throughout Eurasia during the Christmas season.
  3. Pray for a School Without Walls (SWW) youth conference that is taking place in Ukraine on December 2-3.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Praise God for a group of 30 new SWW students in Russia’s North Caucasus who are committed to sharing the gospel!
  8. Pray for Vasiliy, one of the leaders of Reconciliation Church in Bobruisk, Belarus, as he ministers to broken families in his community.
  9. Pray for CWW in Moldova, as our ministry partners are planning many different social outreach efforts and other evangelistic events during the Christmas season.
  10. Please pray that God would grant wisdom and courage to believers in Armenia as they share the gospel with the unreached.
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. Pray for wisdom for a group of SWW students in Georgia who want to start a ministry to the homeless.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Pray for Denis, our SWW coordinator in Svetliy, Moldova, as he seeks to faithfully serve the Lord and make enough time for his family.
  20. 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!
  21. Continue praying for Reconciliation Church in Bobruisk, Belarus as the church leaders apply for registration with the local authorities.
  22. Pray that our 12 SWW centers in Ukraine would help to prepare the Next Generation of Christian leaders for effective ministry.
  23. 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.
  24. 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!
  25. Pray for Roman, one of our ministry partners at Reconciliation Church in Bobruisk, Belarus, as he recovers from a recent tumor removal surgery.
  26. 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.
  27. Please pray that our new SWW students in Gagauzia, Moldova would use their gifts and talents to reach their neighbors for Christ.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. Pray that God would lead nonbelievers to Reconciliation Church in Bobruisk, Belarus so that they may come to know Christ.
  31. Please pray for our SWW students in Haifa, Israel as they take their final exams and prepare for graduation.

November 2016 Prayer Requests

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  1. Praise God for several forums and seminars for Christian teachers that Ray and Cindy Le Clair, our missionaries in Ukraine, and the Christian Education Resource Network held in October!
  2. Please pray for God to bless our ministry efforts in Russia’s North Caucasus, particularly School Without Walls (SWW) and our church planting projects.
  3. Pray that God would grant wisdom to Natali, our SWW coordinator in Minsk, Belarus, as he and his wife are starting a couple’s ministry called Seventh Heaven.
  4. Pray for Artur and Serop, two SWW students in Armenia, who are actively involved in organizing Christian concerts, one of which will be taking place this month.
  5. Pray for SWW efforts in Moldova, as our students are planning to expand their youth outreach by hosting training seminars in local schools, and holding special events at a local church.
  6. Praise God for the leaders of Spiritual Renewal church, our SWW students, and our other ministry partners in Vladikavkaz, Russia, who are all actively involved in reaching local youth with the gospel!
  7. Please pray for courage and endurance for believers in Kyrgyzstan, as the government is attempting to amend the constitution to further limit religious freedom.
  8. Pray for God to continue using our SWW students and the leaders of Reconciliation Church in Bobruisk, Belarus to expand and grow His Kingdom.
  9. Pray for a group of SWW students and teachers from Siberia, Russia as they prepare for an upcoming mission trip to Mongolia.
  10. Continue praying for Robert, a man who recently accepted Christ and works for the local authorities in Armenia, as his boss recently asked him to choose between Christ and his job. Things have calmed down, but he is still in a very difficult position.
  11. Praise God for three new SWW branches that started in Moldova this year! Please pray that the students would be actively involved in reaching out to their communities.
  12. Pray for Yuriy, our SWW coordinator in Pinsk, Belarus, as he undergoes medical testing for his chronic headaches.20160925_152400
  13. Please pray for God to provide new ministry opportunities for our brothers and sisters in Russia as they continue sharing the gospel, despite escalating religious persecution.
  14. Continue praying for an end to the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine so that those who are suffering can start to rebuild their lives.
  15. Pray that God would grant wisdom to the leaders of Church Without Walls in Pinsk, Belarus, as they recently started an English as a Second Language class for non-Christian youth.
  16. Praise God for a Next Generation Professional Leaders Initiative (NGPLI) forum that will be taking place in Kyrgyzstan this month!
  17. Please pray for Ivan, our SWW coordinator in Mongolia, Russia, and Siberia, as his wife, Luba, is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
  18. Pray for upcoming SWW events that will be taking place in Chaykovsky and Perm, Russia.
  19. Pray for our ministry team in Israel, as they are planning to open a youth center in Haifa for young people who want to learn about church planting.
  20. Please pray for the health of our ministry team in Ukraine and their families, as many of their children have been sick lately.
  21. Praise God that many young people in Russia have gotten involved in our Bible study groups!
  22. Pray for God to be at work in the hearts of those in Belarus who have fallen away from Him.
  23. Pray that God would grant wisdom and courage to our SWW teachers in Georgia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.
  24. Please pray for our ministry team in Russia as they continue preparing for a large youth conference that will be taking place in Khovd, Mongolia later this winter.
  25. Pray for an NGPLI conference for Christian counselors that is taking place in Belarus on November 26.
  26. Pray for our SWW teachers in Armenia as they continue training and equipping young people for ministry.
  27. Please pray for Georgiy, one of our SWW teachers in Vladikavkaz, Russia, as he is facing a difficult situation involving a car accident that he was in last year.
  28. Praise God that many evangelical churches and organizations in Kyrgyzstan are interested in getting involved in NGPLI!
  29. Pray for our regional youth ministry center in Minusinsk, Russia, where 30 young people from Siberia and Mongolia are learning how to effectively share the gospel in their own communities.
  30. Please pray for the final preparations for our Gift of Hope Christmas outreach for children. This year, we plan to distribute 74,000 Gifts of Hope in Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine!

Sharing God’s Word in Georgia

georgia-children“I am the pastor of a small church in the heart of Georgia, and I enjoy preaching to people on the streets of small towns and villages,” shares Pastor Kamkhadze. “I usually just set up a table of Bibles and New Testaments in a public place and people will approach the table to listen, ask questions, and sometimes argue. Some people take the Scripture, some say that they will start going to church, and sadly, some say that they will never go to church.

“Recently, I received copies of 101 Favorite Bible Stories, so I started including them at my Scripture table. Soon, children started approaching me to ask for their own copies of the book. One day, my son, Lucas, who is eight years old, said, ‘Dad, I want to be an evangelist with you.’ I asked him what he was going to do, and he said he would preach to other children. Lucas was a great help! When children came to our table, Lucas would play with them and ask them questions about God.

“One day, some boys were walking by our table and they called Lucas an offensive name. He was angry and said he wanted to beat them up, so he and some of the other children who were at our table chased the other boys away. When they returned to the table, I told them that this is not what the Bible teaches, so they agreed that they wouldn’t fight with the other boys.

“A few weeks later, those same boys walked by our table again, but this time they asked if they could have copies of 101 Favorite Bible Stories! They promised to read them, and they said they wanted to start behaving responsibly. I’m so grateful for how God’s Word is changing lives here in Georgia!”

You can help provide copies of God’s Word for motivated young Next Generation Christians like Lucas to distribute to their peers by giving online to our Scripture publishing and distribution efforts:

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October 2016 Prayer Requests

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  1. Please pray for an International Alliance for the Development of Christian Education meeting that Ray and Cindy Le Clair, two of our ministry workers in Ukraine, are leading in Kiev on October 1.
  2. Praise God for a successful hiking trip that School Without Walls (SWW) students from North Ossetia, Russia recently led! Because of this trip, several young non-Christians started going to church!
  3. Pray for Church Without Walls (CWW) in Pinsk, Belarus as they continue growing their small group ministry.
  4. Pray that God would bless Eduard, our SWW coordinator in Balti, Moldova, as he and his wife lead three different youth groups with the help of their students.
  5. Please pray that God would grant wisdom and courage to our ministry team in Russia’s North Caucasus as they continue expanding SWW in this volatile region.
  6. Praise God that Robert, a man from Gyumri, Armenia, accepted Christ at one of our evangelistic concerts and is now actively serving in his church! Please also pray for him, as he works for the authorities and is not permitted to openly confess his faith.
  7. Pray that the leaders of God’s Family Church in Minsk, Belarus would continue bringing the gospel beyond their church’s walls.
  8. Pray for SWW students in Gagauzia, Moldova as they continue reaching out to a single mother and her six children who live in their village.
  9. Praise God for a new group of SWW students in Russia that is actively serving in a local church and home Bible study groups!
  10. Please pray for the school that Living Israel recently opened in Haifa. Young people from Russia, Ukraine, and other European countries will soon be arriving to begin their studies!
  11. Continue praying for Aram, our SWW coordinator in Armenia, as he prepares young people at his church to take over the leadership of his youth ministry.
  12. Pray for two upcoming Next Generation Professional Leaders Initiative (NGPLI) conferences in Krasnodar and Perm, Russia. About 800 total young people are expected to attend these strategic events!
  13. Praise God that CWW in Pinsk, Belarus is celebrating their third anniversary this month with a special family outreach event!
  14. Please pray that our containers of humanitarian aid goods would clear customs in Ukraine as quickly as possible so we can bring these goods to those in need.
  15. Pray for three new SWW groups in Georgia as they strive to transform their communities with the hope of the gospel.
  16. Pray for an upcoming one-day conference in Krasnodar, Russia that will encourage SWW students to reach their neighbors for Christ.
  17. Please pray for Andranik and Vova, SWW teachers in Armenia, as they prepare a new group of SWW students for effective ministry.
  18. Pray for a group of Christians from Kazakhstan who will be participating in parliamentary work groups to encourage the nation’s leaders to soften harsh religion laws that they are trying to pass.
  19. Praise God for renewed passion among the leaders of Spiritual Renewal Church in Vladikavkaz, Russia!
  20. Pray for Denis, our SWW coordinator in Moldova, as he seeks wisdom in balancing his work with family time.
  21. Pray for Uzbekistan as the nation prepares to elect a new president on December 4. Please specifically pray that this new leader would call for greater religious freedom in this nation where Christians are harshly persecuted.
  22. Please pray for Georgiy, a SWW teacher and pastor in Vladikavkaz, Russia, who is dealing with a difficult personal situation.
  23. Praise God for two Christian education seminars and a training course for Christian teachers that Ray and Cindy Le Clair, along with the Christian Education Resource Network, are hosting in Kiev, Ukraine at the end of October!
  24. Pray for a Christian band from Armenia as they travel to different cities to expand their ministry.
  25. Pray for our church-planting efforts and ministry to young people through preventative lectures and youth clubs in Russia’s North Caucasus.
  26. Please pray for Alexey, our SWW coordinator in Kazakhstan, and his wife, Alisa, who is experiencing some challenging health issues.
  27. Continue praying for courage and safety for believers in Russia as they proclaim the gospel, even in the midst of the nation’s new anti-terrorism laws.
  28. Pray for Joy Club, a youth group at CWW in Pinsk, Belarus, to continue growing so they can reach even more young people for Christ.
  29. Please pray for Valeriy, our SWW coordinator in Krasnodar, Russia, as he recovers from surgery.
  30. Pray that God would bless SWW students in Balti, Moldova, as they are planning to build a new church in the village of Ushureya.
  31. Pray that God would grant us wisdom as we prepare for this year’s Gift of Hope Christmas outreach for children.

August 2016 Prayer Requests

13710553_909540709191439_474738610599724257_o1. 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.
13719612_909874929158017_8310969992513100023_o19. 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.

Shining a Light on the Streets of Tbilisi

1 (3)On June 19th, which was Pentecost on the Orthodox calendar this year, young Next Generation Christian leaders from the youth movement Generation of Light, including many School Without Walls (SWW) students and graduates, organized a special evangelistic project in Tbilisi, Georgia. These young Christian leaders noticed that there are many loud voices in today’s society promoting sin in various shapes and forms and they wanted to present an alternative voice, in an effort to help those searching for eternal truth.

2 (4)These young people made posters with Bible verses and stood on a central street in Georgia’s capital, holding them for passersby to read. They used verses that emphasized Jesus’ sacrifice and the path to salvation. They spoke truth to a city full of lost people struggling with sin and pain. Many passersby approached them to talk and learn more, and they had many conversations about the Gospel that day.

9“One of the most valuable results of this project,” shares Guram, our national SWW coordinator in Georgia, “is that SWW students gained experience and became more comfortable leaving the walls of their churches, serving God practically, and sharing the Gospel publicly. We believe that we are like clay in God’s hands, and that this movement will grow into something big!”

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Time to Live 2016

This year’s Time to Live events reached over 1,000 high school students in six countries. These events provide a unique opportunity for our School Without Walls (SWW) students to reach out to young people that they have been investing in throughout the school year through fun, games, and thought-provoking Gospel messages.

Chisinau, Moldova

TED_7912School Without Walls students in Moldova are dedicated to helping young Christians learn about God’s teaching through fun activities and service projects. In fact, our SWW students in this nation have been hosting Time to Live events for the past seven years! This year, they decided to partner with four local youth clubs in Chisinau to unify different groups that are all committed to reaching out to young people in their community. These partnerships led to many positive results.

Firstly, they allowed our SWW students and local Christian leaders to share the gospel with 100 teenagers. Secondly, we were able to provide an opportunity for young people, who otherwise would not have met, to get to know one another. Lastly, these partnerships allowed many Christian leaders to come together and combine their skills and experiences to develop and host the most effective evangelistic outreach event possible.

Kremenchug, Ukraine

IMG_6946Our School Without Walls students in Kremenchug, Ukraine are continuing their fruitful partnership with High School №29 and New Heart, a local NGO. Earlier this year, the students conducted training workshops on healthy living, and led social outreach projects. In April, they also hosted a Time to Live event at the school. During the event, 180 students participated in sporting events and creative contests, as well as discussions about the meaning of life. The goal of the event was to help these young people identify their talents, as well as encourage and motivate them to use these talents to serve in their communities. This event strengthened our partnership with High School №29, and our SWW students are now working with the school staff to organize a summer Bible camp!

“It is very beneficial for our school to participate in Time to Live, because the training workshops help young people to overcome bad habits and achieve their goals,” shared Yevgeniy, Principal of High School №29.

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

DSC_6851On May 23-24, School Without Walls students in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan hosted a Time to Live event for 118 students and teachers from Ak-Bata, a local school. The games, puzzles, and tasks involved in the event helped young people to identify their weaknesses and work through them together. For many of them, this was their first time participating in an event like this.

One of the young students who participated in the event shared, “All of the games helped me to learn something. By walking the tightrope, I learned about confidence; by skiing, I learned how to work with my team; by hiking through the swamp, I learned about overcoming my fears and achieving my team’s goals. All of us were laughing like children, despite all of our personal cares.”

Zaporozhye, Ukraine

IMG_0594In early June, School Without Walls students in Zaporozhye, Ukraine hosted a large Time to Live event for young people living near the front lines of the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. During this event, 350 students and teachers from 14 different schools gathered in the village of Kurakhovo, where many people are struggling.

The daylong event was filled with fun activities, such as sports, water games, and workshops. In addition to these entertaining recreational activities, SWW students and religious experts held a seminar on peacemaking and conflict resolution. Today, despite the official ceasefire in Ukraine, people that live in the war zone are still facing constant fear, and shelling occurs very frequently. Our Time to Live event provided a hopeful, joyful experience for young people living in the midst of violence.

Minsk, Belarus

TED_7912About 100 people were involved in our Time to Live event that took place in Minsk, Belarus in May! This event, which was organized by our School Without Walls students, brought together students and teachers from two different schools, as well as the students’ parents. Our SWW students were very thankful to be participating in such a strategic opportunity to reach young people with the gospel.

During the school year, these SWW students also led preventive lectures, along with discussions on several different topics, at the two schools that participated in our Time to Live event. This year, we wanted to help young people realize how important it is to develop good character, so our SWW students designed a survival course for them to complete during the event.

Yamal Peninsula, Russia

During the past 20 years, we have conducted numerous short-term and long-term ministry projects in Russia’s Yamal Peninsula, but the people living in this remote region have been slower to accept the gospel than other people in the nation. A total of 150 young people in four cities were reached through Time to Live events in the Yamal Peninsula this spring. Our School Without Walls students talked with many young people about difficult topics, and they shared with them about the hope and freedom offered in Christ. One young man named Jura shared that, when he was only seven-years-old, his father left, and a result, his mother started drinking heavily, so Jura practically grew up on the streets. He had a lot of questions about why these things happened to him, so our SWW students prayed with him and gave him a Bible.

Gurjaani, Georgia

TTL GeorgiaSchool Without Walls students in Gurjaani, Georgia are helping to lead young people to Christ. Gurjaani is made up of only 10,000 people, so young people living in this city often don’t have access to the gospel. That is why SWW students recently started a youth club where they can share the gospel with unreached youth, and for the past eight months, their attendance has been steadily growing. This club also offered a wonderful location for a Time to Live event. We were encouraged that 30 young people between the ages of 16 and 18 participated in this event, during which they were split into teams to complete various tasks and heard a Gospel message.

“This was a very memorable day for me, because I learned for the first time what it means to be a part of a team. I felt like the organizers really loved us,” shared Irina. Through this event, the participants learned how to work as a team and exercise good sportsmanship. They were able to have fun and relax, while also being motivated to pursue their goals, no matter how impossible they may seem. Our SWW students are planning to host another Time to Live event next year so that even more young people can learn about the gospel.

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