A recent School Without Walls (SWW) seminar in Kyrgyzstan focused on helping students respond to the unique challenges they face in their country following a recent incident. After a 76-year-old Christian woman passed away, Muslim leaders wouldn’t allow her to be buried in the local cemetery due to her faith, so her family had to dig up her body and bury her in a different village. However, the people in this village also didn’t want her to be buried in their cemetery, so her body was unearthed again and moved to a cemetery at a Russian Orthodox Church. Yet again, this burial was also not approved, so without informing her relatives, her body was dug up for a third time and taken to an unknown location.
There have been many instances like this, but this particular case has gotten a lot of publicity among Christians, and throughout Kyrgyz society as a whole. Many churches are now uniting in prayer, fasting, and taking action by appealing to local authorities and the media. This case even went beyond Kyrgyzstan’s border, as many international organizations have expressed their disapproval of these acts. However, despite the very negative reaction to this incident, public attitudes towards Christians have not improved.
This case helped local leaders to develop the main question for this special SWW seminar: “How can I, as a Christian, help transform my country and the people who live here?” The students focused on Jesus as the ultimate example. He excelled in all aspects of life: intellectually, physically, socially, and, of course, spiritually. He could speak on any subject, not just spiritual topics. He was well versed in agriculture, business, fishing, and family matters. “Like Him, Christians should also be well-versed in the various aspects of modern life,” shares the SWW coordinator who organized the seminar. “If we only focus on spiritual development and ignore all other areas of life, then we won’t be able to connect with people outside the church. Along with pastors, our country also needs Christian businessmen, doctors, lawyers, teachers, etc.” This is the primary motivation behind the Next Generation Professional Leaders Initiative, which helps motivate and equip young Christian professionals to share their faith in the workplace.
“I realized that I need to grow,” Alyona, one of our SWW students, shared regarding the seminar, “not just spiritually, but also in other areas of life, so that people will be comfortable talking with me.” As a result of the seminar, some of the SWW students expressed a desire to study the Koran in order to more effectively share the gospel with Muslims. Christina, one of these students, can speak several languages, and recently she started teaching language classes for non-Christian children at her church!
Please pray for these students as they seek to put what they learned into practice and find creative ways to reach their communities with the gospel!
“When I first started working, I had to choose whether to be an accountant or a teacher, and I chose to be a teacher, because I wanted to impact young people’s lives,” shares Nargiza, a math teacher from Kyrgyzstan who attended our Next Generation Professional Leaders Initiative Forum in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in November. “My parents were also teachers, and my father was considered a master at his craft. From them, I learned the value of hard work, and from the Bible, I learned that my work should be glorifying to God. There is a great need for the gospel in the intellectual environment that I work in, and the best way to respond to this need is by talking with people. God has entrusted me with my students, and I believe He has called me to use my job for ministry, which is a great responsibility.
“The forum in Bishkek really touched my heart. I no longer feel guilty that I’m not doing enough to serve God and I feel much more prepared for ministry. I was reminded that my profession is also my ministry field and I am called to serve God, even at the expense of my job. My colleagues should know that I’m a disciple of Christ, not just at church, but also at work. The forum also helped me understand that I need to value the people to whom God is sending me. I made so many great contacts at this event, which is very important, because there aren’t many Christian professionals in Kyrgyzstan, so we need to stick together.
“Some of my students are from Muslim families, so I want to do my best to be a blessing to them. Because their parents trust me as a professional educator, they are also starting to trust what I say about God. For me, the most helpful thing is that I regularly meet with a pastor who mentors me, and I feel like it is Jesus Himself who is teaching me. We Christian professionals have a great responsibility to work hard and treat our coworkers well. I don’t just work to live; I work for the Lord, and I hope this idea becomes a model for others.
“During the Soviet era, it was very difficult for Christians to pursue higher education, which meant they couldn’t enter influential professions. Furthermore, many people were afraid of evangelical churches, because they believed that they were ‘sects.’ But today, things are changing. For example, people sometimes come to my church to ask for legal advice from the lawyers in our congregation, because they trust them more than non-Christian lawyers. They sometimes even wait until the services are over before talking with the lawyers, which means that they hear the gospel being preached. This is an excellent example of how our society’s view of the Church is changing, and why it is so important that we continue working to positively impact our nation.”
Help us train and equip as many young Christian professionals like Nargiza as we can—so that they can shine the light of Christ in their spheres of professional influence!
- 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.
“My parents teach at a local university in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and I knew from a very young age that I also wanted to be a teacher,” shares Anara. “This is a very honorable profession in Central Asia, and teachers are often called ‘Mughal,’ which means ‘honorable person.’
“After I accepted Christ as my Savior, I started going to church, where I got involved in School Without Walls (SWW). I was particularly impressed by the courses that focused on talking with Muslims about Jesus, and I started questioning how I could possibly share the gospel with my students and still be regarded as an ‘honorable person.’ I was afraid, because I thought I would be fired right away if I talked about my faith at work. My parents also warned me that it would be impossible for me to share the gospel with my students.
“I was so discouraged that I considered pursuing a different profession so that I could share my faith more easily. However, during this time, God revealed to me that He was still calling me to teach at university, and I realized how important it is for teachers to share the gospel with their students, especially in Muslim countries. Therefore, after graduating from university, I started teaching at the same university where my parents work. I decided that I would stop at nothing to share my faith, so I talked about God in all of my lectures. I was pleasantly surprised to find that my students appreciated my teaching.
“The population of students at the university has changed a lot during the past few years. Many wealthy parents in Bishkek started sending their children to study in other Muslim countries, such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia, so our university started accepting students from remote cities and villages. Sadly, our students from Bishkek are often unkind to these new students. However, for me, I know that I must be salt in these students’ lives by sharing Christ’s love with them. More importantly, I must also be light by witnessing to them about the salvation and eternal life that only He offers.
“Now I am teaching my own SWW course to train and equip students to share the gospel in their workplaces. Some of my university students have even started studying at SWW! Not long ago, I thought it would be impossible to use my role as a teacher to share the gospel in a Muslim country, but today, my students call me ‘Mughal!’”
You can help train more Next Generation Professional Leaders like Anara to reach their countries for the Gospel! To support School Without Walls and NGPLI training programs for these leaders, you can give online here:
- 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!
- Please pray for God to bless our ministry efforts in Russia’s North Caucasus, particularly School Without Walls (SWW) and our church planting projects.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- Please pray for courage and endurance for believers in Kyrgyzstan, as the government is attempting to amend the constitution to further limit religious freedom.
- Pray for God to continue using our SWW students and the leaders of Reconciliation Church in Bobruisk, Belarus to expand and grow His Kingdom.
- Pray for a group of SWW students and teachers from Siberia, Russia as they prepare for an upcoming mission trip to Mongolia.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pray for Yuriy, our SWW coordinator in Pinsk, Belarus, as he undergoes medical testing for his chronic headaches.
- 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.
- Continue praying for an end to the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine so that those who are suffering can start to rebuild their lives.
- 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.
- Praise God for a Next Generation Professional Leaders Initiative (NGPLI) forum that will be taking place in Kyrgyzstan this month!
- Please pray for Ivan, our SWW coordinator in Mongolia, Russia, and Siberia, as his wife, Luba, is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
- Pray for upcoming SWW events that will be taking place in Chaykovsky and Perm, Russia.
- 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.
- Please pray for the health of our ministry team in Ukraine and their families, as many of their children have been sick lately.
- Praise God that many young people in Russia have gotten involved in our Bible study groups!
- Pray for God to be at work in the hearts of those in Belarus who have fallen away from Him.
- Pray that God would grant wisdom and courage to our SWW teachers in Georgia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.
- 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.
- Pray for an NGPLI conference for Christian counselors that is taking place in Belarus on November 26.
- Pray for our SWW teachers in Armenia as they continue training and equipping young people for ministry.
- 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.
- Praise God that many evangelical churches and organizations in Kyrgyzstan are interested in getting involved in NGPLI!
- 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.
- 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!
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.
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.
School 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.
Our 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.
On 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.”
In 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.
About 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.
School 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.
- 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.