Maria and Rustam’s Testimony

“My decision to serve Marina, her husband Sergey, and their five children rose out of my desire to be a doer and not just a listener,” shared Maria, one of our School Without Walls (SWW) students in Russia. “After realizing that there is a great need for evangelism in my community, I started praying that God would provide opportunities for me to share the gospel. And one evening, He moved me to start serving a family in my area.

“The next day, I shared this revelation with my fiancé, Rustam, and together we visited the village of Sosnovo, where I had met Marina and her family while distributing Gifts of Hope during the Christmas season. Marina told us that her family was facing very difficult conditions, as they had been living without electricity for two weeks. They had fallen behind on their payments, so their electricity was shut off, and even after they paid their bill, they couldn’t afford to have someone from the electrical company come out to reestablish their connection. Sergey works as a security guard at a café, but he doesn’t make much. Marina isn’t working so she can take care of the children, and even though she receives government assistance, it still isn’t enough to pay for everything her family needs. Right now, they live in a small wooden house with no running water.

“The first time we visited their home, Marina and the children were so excited to see us! We brought them food and spent time praying that God would provide for their needs. At first, it was hard for them to accept our prayers, but over time, we could see God working in their hearts. Rustam and I try to visit Marina’s family every weekend, and now we are reading the New Testament with them. During the past few months, we have seen God’s hand at work, and Marina even invited her friend, Tatyana, to participate in our meetings! Tatyana hasn’t been to church in two years, but she has really enjoyed talking with us about God. Right now, there aren’t any churches or home groups in Sosnovo, so we are praying that God would provide even more opportunities for us to spread the gospel.

“The most important thing I have learned during this process is that we must rely on God and obey His teachings. By ourselves, we can’t give people what they need, but the Lord is able to transform them from within. For me, not only has this experience inspired me to continue pursuing evangelism, but it has also helped me grow much closer to Rustam. It is such a blessing that we can work together to serve the Lord!”

The (Literally) Life-Saving Power of God’s Word

“I am always looking for new ways to share the Gospel,” shares Olga, one of our ministry partners from Barnual, Russia. “One way I do this is by visiting the local train station once a week to leave a few copies of God’s Word around the station.

“One week when I was in the process of setting out a few of the New Testaments that I had received from Mission Eurasia, I heard a voice behind me ask, ‘Are you the one who brings Scriptures here?’ I turned around to see a severe-looking elderly woman, dressed all in black. ‘Yes, I am,’ I replied. To my shock, she bowed to me. She told me that she had been visiting the train station every day for a month, hoping to meet me and share her remarkable story with me. She told me that normally she always carries a copy of the New Testament with her, but recently discovered that she had lost it while on her way to town for a doctor’s appointment. So she stopped by the train station to pick up another copy, intending to return it later.

“When she got to the hospital, she sat down to wait for her appointment, and noticed a sad-looking young woman sitting next to her. They were separated by a small table, and the grandmother took out her copy of the New Testament and set it on the table right by the girl, facing her. She herself didn’t know why she had done that, she just felt compelled to.

New Testaments in Russian published by Mission Eurasia

“At first, the girl looked stunned, but then she burst into tears. The grandmother asked her what was wrong, and the girl shared that she was pregnant. As soon as she had found out, she had decided to get an abortion, even though her boyfriend wanted to keep the baby and marry her. His parents also told her that they would take the baby if she didn’t want it, but she didn’t want to have to deal with the pregnancy, and felt that it was her right to make her own decision.

“As they continued talking, the grandmother found out that the young woman had come to the hospital to have the abortion, which she had already paid for. But at the last minute, she decided to give God a chance. She decided that if God gave her a clear sign during the next 10 minutes as she waited for her appointment, then she wouldn’t go through with the abortion. She had only been waiting for a few minutes when the elderly woman arrived and gave her the New Testament!”

It is amazing what a single copy of God’s Word, in the hands of someone obedient to the Holy Spirit, can accomplish! You can help increase the impact of this transformational ministry by giving online here:  

Alex’s Testimony: A Miraculous Transformation

Alex* is one of our School Without Walls students and Bible camp leaders from Russia. His testimony is one of miraculous transformation that began when God saved his life after repeated suicide attempts. Today, Alex is a thriving leader who is serving the church, ministering to hurting people, and reaching his community for Christ.

Alex’s testimony: 

“You could say that I came to know God through many challenges. When I was younger, my heart was filled with emptiness, loneliness, pain, and resentment toward many people who had betrayed me. In order to stifle the pain, I started doing martial arts. But that wasn’t enough to heal me, so I tried committing suicide twice. The first time I tried to kill myself, my mother was able to stop me in time. I think this first attempt was a cry for attention, because I wanted people to know the inner pain I was feeling. I felt apathetic and empty, and life seemed meaningless.

“The second time I attempted suicide, I immediately realized that, if I died, I didn’t know where I would go. I was filled with fear, because I realized that I might be going to a place that was even worse than where I was. All of a sudden, I had a strong desire to live. Praise God that I survived! It was truly a miracle.

“Not long after this, one of my friends invited me to a Christian youth group. The program was very interesting, and I enjoyed learning about the Bible. I had so many questions, and I found a lot of answers in the Bible, so I kept going to the group’s meetings. I also went to a summer Bible camp, where I heard a sermon that deeply touched my heart. The preacher spoke as if he knew all the problems in my soul. I hadn’t told anyone about my fears, but the Lord still knew. That day, I repented and opened my heart to Christ. Although I was still facing many challenges and my circumstances hadn’t changed, my attitude toward them was transformed. I had finally found the peace and rest that my soul so deeply desired!

“Today, I serve as a deacon in my church. I enjoy helping those who are suffering from loneliness and are struggling to find meaning in life. God has changed my life, my soul, and my attitude toward others and the world. Now, I understand that I am called to pursue care, understanding and, above all, love for all people. I also desire to learn more about God and the ministry of the church so I can effectively serve Him and share my faith with others. And thanks to my first School Without Walls (SWW) session, which focused on spiritual gifts, I better understand the gifts that God has given me, and I feel even more motivated to continue serving and pursuing the calling that He has for my life.

“Now, I teach a variety of courses for teens and children, help lead Christian camps, and serve in a variety of social outreach projects. I live in the Kabardino-Balkaria region in Russia, and because I see the urgent need to expand God’s Kingdom in this region, I want to train young leaders and keep learning myself. Thank you for supporting School Without Walls, which has inspired me and given me a new drive to serve the Lord!

 

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*Name has been changed

February 2017 Prayer Requests

Moldovan School Without Walls students share a message of hope in impoverished villages this winter.
  1. 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.
  2. Pray for an upcoming Next Generation Professional Leaders Initiative (NGPLI) conference that will take place in Belarus this month.
  3. 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.
  4. Pray for our School Without Walls (SWW) leaders in Israel, as they are planning to start a new SWW group in the Czech Republic.
  5. 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.
  6. Praise God for providing resources and ministry opportunities in Russia, even in the midst of escalating religious persecution!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Please pray for our ministry workers and missionary partners who are dedicated to sharing the gospel with the unreached throughout Russia’s North Caucasus.
  10. Pray for our team in Ukraine as they meet with the leaders of professional networks in Kazakhstan, Moldova, and Russia.
  11. Pray for safety for some of our SWW students in Uzbekistan, as they are experiencing challenges with local authorities.
  12. 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.
  13. Pray that God would grant wisdom to Vyacheslav, our SWW coordinator in Yekaterinburg, Russia, as he develops new ministry initiatives.
  14. Please pray that SWW students in Armenia would continue growing spiritually and sharing the gospel with their neighbors.
  15. Pray that young Christians in Saratov, Russia would actively participate in ministry efforts in their community.
  16. Pray for our plans to publish several ministry resources for young Christian professionals throughout Eurasia.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Praise God for our ministry center in Vladikavkaz, Russia, through which we are expanding our ministry efforts, including church planting, in this volatile region!
  20. 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.
  21. Please pray for SWW students in Yekaterinburg, Russia as they begin their internships at local churches.
  22. Pray for Denis, our NGPLI director, as he develops and expands this strategic ministry throughout Eurasia.
  23. Pray for our SWW coordinators in Russia as they expand our ministry efforts in the North Caucasus and the Transcaucasia region.
  24. Praise God for our ministry leaders who are faithfully serving in Central Asia, despite the challenges they face!
  25. Please pray for our ministry team in Ukraine as they lead an NGPLI conference in Minsk, Belarus today.
  26. Pray for Georgiy, one of our SWW leaders in Vladikavkaz, Russia, as he is trying to obtain Russian citizenship.
  27. Pray that God would provide a new leader for the youth ministry at God’s Family Church in Minsk, Belarus.
  28. Please pray that God would grow the children’s ministry at Spiritual Renewal Church in Vladikavkaz, Russia.

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!

Marat’s Story

marat-2“I first heard about God through my uncle when I was ten,” shares Marat, a School Without Walls student who also studies engineering at a local university in Vladikavkaz, Russia. “He was in a coma for 40 days after being in a car accident that killed four of his friends. During this time his church prayed for and cared for him unceasingly, and my mother accepted Christ after seeing the love and care they showed him. I visited church with her for the first time around then.

“A few years later, I participated in a SWW hiking camp and I was very impressed by the students’ kindness and support for one another. They also encouraged me to keep going when I felt like I couldn’t walk anymore. After this camp, I started actively attending church. My uncle had become a deacon and my family had all been baptized when I finally decided to accept Christ for myself.

img_6954“Not long after, I started attending SWW and I realized that God was calling me to youth ministry. I have also been serving in a puppet ministry for about a year. Last summer, I went to a puppet festival, where I learned how to make puppets and write effective skits. I really enjoy introducing children to Christ through this ministry. By participating in other programs, such as summer Bible camps, Gift of Hope, and outreach to orphans, I have learned that nonbelievers can learn a lot about Christ through our actions.

“I sometimes wonder what I will do after I graduate. Many of my friends weren’t able to find work, but I believe that God will provide a good job for me. I recently attended a workshop led by Peter Litnevsky, and I realized how important it is to set goals and work toward achieving them. I am happy to see that so many of my SWW classmates are working hard to do well in their jobs and glorify God. It is hard to picture my future, but I know that God has a plan, and He will use whatever I do to advance the gospel.”

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