Every Christmas season, the School Without Walls (SWW) students and graduates trained and equipped by Mission Eurasia deliver thousands of Gift of Hope Christmas boxes to children in need throughout Eurasia. Each festive, hand-delivered Gift of Hope is filled with toys, treats, and a children’s storybook Bible that shares the story of the greatest Gift of Hope of all: Jesus. The boxes are distributed by our leaders in orphanages, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, and neighborhoods where children are suffering or abandoned. Each Gift of Hope box represents a connection to the local church and a starting point for a relationship with caring Christian role models.
Last Christmas, our young leaders heard the emotional story of Tigran, whose life was impacted through Gift of Hope and the example of one of our SWW students, Alexey. Tigran shared his story with us in his own words:
“My name is Tigran, and I am 12 years old. My mother died of cancer when I was nine, and my dad is a migrant worker in Russia.I take care of my little brother, Edik. Sometimes we don’t have enough food and clothing, and many of the parents in our building won’t let us play with their kids because our dad smokes a lot and our clothes are always covered in smoke. We often feel very hopeless.
“For Christmas, a young man named Alexey who lives in our apartment invited my brother and I to a Christmas gathering at his church. Everyone there was so kind, and I really loved learning about God. Alexey gave us Gift of Hope boxes and our own copy of 101 Favorite Bible Stories. After reading these stories, I accepted Jesus. Now Jesus gives real hope and meaning to my life, and Alexey and I read Bible stories together almost every day! I am going to church regularly, and soon I plan to invite my father to go with me. Please pray that his life will be changed too.”
To provide the Gift of Hope and the life-changing message of Jesus this Christmas to children like Tigran and his little brother, please give today:
- Praise God for the thousands of children in Eurasia who received Gifts of Hope during the Christmas season! Please pray that God would be at work in their hearts so that they may come to know Christ.
- Pray for an upcoming Next Generation Professional Leaders Initiative (NGPLI) conference that will take place in Belarus this month.
- Pray for young people in Tolyatti, Russia who are going to church, but don’t yet know God, and that our ministry efforts would bear fruit in their lives.
- Pray for our School Without Walls (SWW) leaders in Israel, as they are planning to start a new SWW group in the Czech Republic.
- Please pray for the regional coordinator of God’s Family Church in Minsk, Belarus as she leads ministry efforts, while also helping her daughters prepare for college.
- Praise God for providing resources and ministry opportunities in Russia, even in the midst of escalating religious persecution!
- Pray for our ministry team in Ukraine as they continue using our “I Care” Refugee Assistance Program to distribute humanitarian aid to internally displaced people and those who remain trapped in the war zone.
- Pray for our SWW students in Pinsk, Belarus as they partner with Christian student groups to prepare special evangelistic events at a local university in honor of the 500th anniversary of an edition of Psalms that was published by Francysk Skaryna in the Belarusian language.
- Please pray for our ministry workers and missionary partners who are dedicated to sharing the gospel with the unreached throughout Russia’s North Caucasus.
- Pray for our team in Ukraine as they meet with the leaders of professional networks in Kazakhstan, Moldova, and Russia.
- Pray for safety for some of our SWW students in Uzbekistan, as they are experiencing challenges with local authorities.
- Praise God for an English study group in Pinsk, Belarus, through which Church Without Walls (CWW) is teaching English lessons using Bible passages! Please pray that God would be at work in the students’ hearts so they may come to know Christ.
- Pray that God would grant wisdom to Vyacheslav, our SWW coordinator in Yekaterinburg, Russia, as he develops new ministry initiatives.
- Please pray that SWW students in Armenia would continue growing spiritually and sharing the gospel with their neighbors.
- Pray that young Christians in Saratov, Russia would actively participate in ministry efforts in their community.
- Pray for our plans to publish several ministry resources for young Christian professionals throughout Eurasia.
- Please pray for CWW in Pinsk, Belarus, as the church leaders are still trying to register with local authorities, construct their own building, and expand their small group ministry.
- Pray for our SWW students in Moldova as they organize and host a youth conference this month to encourage about 300 young people to share the gospel with their families, friends, and neighbors.
- Praise God for our ministry center in Vladikavkaz, Russia, through which we are expanding our ministry efforts, including church planting, in this volatile region!
- Pray that God would provide resources for CWW in Pinsk, Belarus, and that He would embolden working professionals who attend the church to share the gospel in their workplaces.
- Please pray for SWW students in Yekaterinburg, Russia as they begin their internships at local churches.
- Pray for Denis, our NGPLI director, as he develops and expands this strategic ministry throughout Eurasia.
- Pray for our SWW coordinators in Russia as they expand our ministry efforts in the North Caucasus and the Transcaucasia region.
- Praise God for our ministry leaders who are faithfully serving in Central Asia, despite the challenges they face!
- Please pray for our ministry team in Ukraine as they lead an NGPLI conference in Minsk, Belarus today.
- Pray for Georgiy, one of our SWW leaders in Vladikavkaz, Russia, as he is trying to obtain Russian citizenship.
- Pray that God would provide a new leader for the youth ministry at God’s Family Church in Minsk, Belarus.
- Please pray that God would grow the children’s ministry at Spiritual Renewal Church in Vladikavkaz, Russia.
There are over one million internally displaced people and refugees in eastern Ukraine today, each with their own story. There is so much pain and tragedy there, but stories like Lena’s show that God is still working out His redemptive eternal plan of hope and healing, even in the midst of circumstances that seem hopeless by human standards.
Lena lives with her husband and son in a village near the front lines of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. When the war broke out, the family found themselves right in the middle of the violence. They were unable to sleep for many horrible nights due to the shelling, and Lena’s husband, Valeriy, witnessed several people die and had many missiles explode right above his head. When Valeriy began having psychological problems because of trauma and loss of sleep, the family knew it was time to leave their village. Recently, Valeriy also lost one of his kidneys and now needs to have dialysis three times each week. He is unable to work, so Lena cares for him and fetches water from the neighbor’s well since the family does not have their own water supply.
Between caring for her husband and 9 year-old son, Nikita, Lena still has time to love and care for many people outside her family. She volunteers at a local center for refugees, and she makes beautiful cross-stitchings, embroidery, and beaded artwork to bless others. The love of Jesus and the community of her local church sustain her during this difficult and challenging time. “Without God, I wouldn’t be able to do anything,” Lena shared with us. “I love Him with all my heart.”
Lena’s son Nikita is still struggling to recover from the traumatic violence he has witnessed and adjust to life in a new town and new school. The Christmas season is especially hard for him, which is why he was surprised and thrilled to receive a Gift of Hope box—filled with toys, treats, and a children’s storybook Bible—from Mission Eurasia last week for Christmas. Nikita shared with us, “This Gift of Hope was a reminder from God that although I don’t have many friends, the Lord Himself is my friend. He knows me by name and He enjoys blessing me through my other friends, like you.”
Lena and her family also received soup and nourishing rice meal packs from Mission Eurasia to help get them through the winter. “Thank you for blessing my family,” she shared.
We are humbled and blessed by the powerful testimony of Lena, whose faith in God remains strong despite much sorrow in her life. The way she so selflessly cares for her family and others is an example to everyone who meets her.
To provide critical relief aid, Scripture, and food packs for a family like Lena’s, please support our “I Care” Refugee Assistance Program, which is caring for thousands of refugees and families displaced from the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine:
- 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.
- Pray for our SWW coordinator in Uzbekistan, as he was recently fined for doing ministry work and is experiencing some personal health issues.
- Praise God for SWW training events and social outreach projects that are taking place in Vladivostok, Russia on January 3-6!
- Pray for a new Christian school that will be launching in Haifa, Israel this month.
- Please pray for several families that attend Reconciliation Church in Bobruisk, Belarus who are experiencing health problems and financial difficulty.
- Pray for our SWW students and teachers in Perm, Russia, particularly a group that recently launched in the city of Chaykovsky.
- Pray that God would strengthen Edgar, Robert, and Vaye, three Christian policemen in Armenia, who may lose their jobs for attending church.
- 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!
- Please continue praying for Church Without Walls (CWW) in Pinsk, Belarus, as they are still trying to register with local authorities.
- 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.
- 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.
- Please pray for Eduard, our SWW coordinator in Moldova, as he and his wife are looking for a new place to live.
- 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.
- Praise God for an evangelistic youth outreach event that is taking place in Armenia today!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pray for Yevgeniy, our SWW coordinator in Vladivostok, Russia, and his son, who is applying to seminary in Moscow.
- Please pray for an upcoming regional church conference in Brest, Belarus that CWW is helping to organize.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Please pray for Reconciliation Church in Bobruisk, Belarus, as they are still trying to register their building with local authorities.
- Continue praying for our brothers and sisters in Russia as they continue sharing the gospel, even in the midst of growing religious persecution.
- Pray for new SWW students in Armenia, particularly an evangelical music group that is holding concerts in Armenia and Georgia.
- Praise God for a group of SWW students in Krasnodar, Russia that wants to plant a new church in their city!
- Please pray that God would keep Vyacheslav, our SWW coordinator in Yekaterinburg, Russia, and his family healthy.
- Pray for a Next Generation Professional Leaders Initiative conference that will take place in Belarus next month.
- 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.
- 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.
In Belarus, School Without Walls (SWW) students in two cities chose to focus their efforts for last year’s Gift of Hope project on chidren with special needs. Young Next Generation Christian leaders in Baranovichi visited an orphanage for children with special needs, while young Christians from Minsk invited children with disabilities and their families to a special Christmas celebration in their church.
“We have spent years building a trusting relationship with these families, visiting them in their homes,” shares Pastor Valery from Minsk. “And it was thanks to that trust that these children and their families were willing to attend an event in our church. And while they were overjoyed to receive our specially-prepared Gifts of Hope, we could see that they were even more touched by the gospel message that we shared. Some of them chose to pray prayers of salvation, while many thanked us for sacrificing our time and energy to share God’s love with them.
“I see this project as an embodiment of the core tenets of SWW,” continued Pastor Valery. “The goal of SWW is to make the church accessible to the community, and this project was the perfect example of that.”
SWW students in Baranovichi were thrilled that students from two local universities chose to join with them in collecting gifts and distributing them to children at the orphanage. Unfortunately, there is a lot of stigma regarding children with disabilities in the countries of the former Soviet Union, and and many of the children in the orphanage were probably given up by their parents at birth, as they did not think they would be able to cope with the difficulties and shame of raising such a child. These children have very few resources and opportunities available to them, and are in desperate need of attention and love. Therefore this project was an opportunity for the SWW students to shower these children with the love they need and crave, introducing them to the God of love who is with them always, and to help change the perspectives of the university students who accompanied them, by demonstrating God’s unconditional love for these children and their intrinsic value.
These are just two examples of the way the Gift of Hope project is transforming lives in Eurasia by sharing God’s love and a message of salvation, changing perspectives, building relationships, and bridging the gap between the Church and a world in need. However, we need the help of generous friends and supporters to prepare and transport these gifts to thousands of children throughout Eurasia this Christmas season! And this Giving Tuesday, November 29th, each gift given towards this project will be tripled, thanks to a matching gift offer from faithful donors. Therefore each $25 given will not provide just one gift, as it normally would, but THREE life changing Gifts of Hope! And, as long as supplies last, we will send a beautifully-crafted Russian Christmas ornament to everyone who gives a gift of $25 or more. Therefore please consider joining in God’s work and giving towards this project this Giving Tuesday!
Dear Friends and Ministry Partners,
As I reflect on this past year, I am so encouraged by your faithful support, which helped us to share God’s love with people all throughout Eurasia. Together, we trained young Christian leaders, provided humanitarian aid and counseling for refugees, distributed New Testaments and other Scripture pieces, and so much more!
While we have accomplished so much together this year, I do want to let you know that three of our key ministry initiatives are currently underfunded. Please prayerfully consider a year-end gift to support one or more of these initiatives so we can finish 2015 strong.
NEXT GENERATION AND SCHOOL WITHOUT WALLS LEADERSHIP TRAINING
A total of $85,000 is urgently needed to train and equip the young men and women whom Christ has called into His service. Your support will help us provide School Without Walls classes and Next Generation conferences/seminars, where young leaders will learn how to influence their communities for Christ. By enabling these passionate young believers to proclaim the gospel, we are helping them to transform their nations from within!
GIFT OF HOPE OUTREACH TO NEEDY, AT-RISK CHILDREN
Through our Gift of Hope outreach, we are sharing the true meaning of Christmas with suffering, neglected children, including refugee children from eastern Ukraine. A total of $78,000 is needed so that we can reach 70,000 children in Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Georgia, and Kyrgyzstan this Christmas. Each child will receive a brightly wrapped Gift of Hope filled with toys, sweets, and a colorful Bible storybook. Together, we can share the joy of the season with precious children, and more importantly, we can tell them about the ultimate gift: Jesus!
URGENT “I CARE” RELIEF AID FOR WAR-TORN UKRAINE
God is using our “I Care” Refugee Assistance Program to transform the hearts of hurting refugees in Ukraine! A total of $35,000 is needed so that we can continue caring for these refugees’ most critical needs by distributing family food packs, clothing, and copies of Scripture. While we are tending to their physical and spiritual needs on a daily basis, we need your help to reach even more of those who are suffering. Praise God that He is using our ministry to share His amazing love with those in need!
Please prayerfully consider making a year-end gift before December 31 so that these ministry initiatives will be fully funded as we enter the New Year, and you can still receive a tax deduction for 2014. You can also give online by visiting our website and clicking on the Donate Now button at the top of the page. Be sure to select “Year-End Gift” from the drop-down menu. If you would like to give by check, please make your check out to “Mission Eurasia” and send it to: P.O. Box 496, Wheaton, IL 60187.
Let us continue to share the hope of the gospel with the people of Eurasia, especially with those who do not yet know Christ as their Savior!
Wishing you and your family a joyous New Year!
“…the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.”
Matthew 4:16, ESV
Dear Friends and Ministry Partners,
The wonderful message of Christmas is that today, more than 2,000 years after the first Christmas, Jesus is still bringing His light into the darkest places of our world. This is definitely good news for people living in the countries of Eurasia, whose lives have been scarred by the darkness of war, religious persecution, hopelessness and despair. But, because of your faithful prayers and support, Mission Eurasia continues to train and equip thousands of young Next Generation leaders who are shining His light of love, hope, and healing into lives who need it most.
Thank you for partnering with Mission Eurasia in 2015 to:
- Train 1,617 young leaders and 831 graduates through our School Without Walls nonformal leadership training program.
- Impact more than one million needy people in war-torn Ukraine with some form of assistance, including food, clothing, Bibles or other Christian literature and wheelchairs.
- Distribute 75,000 Gifts of Hope to needy children in hospitals, orphanages, poor families, and other places of great need.
- Touch the lives of more than 10,000 at-risk children and youth through summer Bible camps.
Distribute more than 1.1 million copies of Scripture and Christian literature to the suffering and lost throughout Eurasia.
Rejoice with us, that as a result of these efforts, we have impacted more than 1.6 million people in Eurasia for Christ this past year. This is only possible because of the miracle of Christmas.
On behalf of our entire staff at Mission Eurasia in the US and overseas, thank you for coming alongside us to bring the light and hope of Christ to those living in darkness in the countries of Eurasia.
Wishing you and your family a joyous Christmas!