Strategic. Flexible. Hands-on. Bible-based. Creative. These are the core values of Mission Eurasia’s ministry initiatives in the field as we train and equip the Next Generation of young Christian leaders to transform their countries for Christ. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, a key component of our strategy is creating initiatives that are tailored to the specific needs and cultures of the countries where we work.
Currently, we have four major ministry initiatives taking place throughout Eurasia, which are impacting and mobilizing thousands of young leaders to serve their countries: Christian of Our Time, Empower, Family as Mission, and Next Generation forums. Each one of these initiatives is building up the local church in Eurasia and making disciples in the midst of many challenges. We have already seen much fruit from the following initiatives—which have impacted nearly 2,000 young leaders in just the past few weeks—and we are excited to see how God continues to bless them as we serve His Kingdom in Eurasia!
Read on to learn more:
Christian of Our Time
Each Christian of Our Time conference equips young believers to be a light amidst the challenges and questions of their current cultural contexts. Our most recent Christian of our Time event took place on April 29-30 in Zheleznogorsk, Russia. The conference brought together about 300 young Next Generation Christian leaders from surrounding regions. The conference’s theme was “Strive for the Best,” and the speakers challenged the young believers to grow closer to God and to commit themselves to serving Him in every area of their lives. The participants received spiritual food, as well as practical advice for ministry, work, studies and everyday life.
Each April and May, we conduct Empower camp training events to prepare our young leaders to host safe, effective summer Bible camps for thousands of at-risk children and youth throughout Eurasia. This spring we are hosting Empower events in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, and Moldova that will equip more than 700 leaders to host summer Bible camps that will impact an estimated 9,000 children and youth with the gospel! This is in addition to the 11,000 children and youth we plan to impact through the Bible camps hosted by our School Without Walls (SWW) students and partner churches, resulting in a total of 20,000 children and youth reached with the Good News this summer!
We are particularly excited about the first ever Empower event in Russia that wrapped up on May 2. Even in the midst of Russia’s limits on evangelism, the Empower camp in Russia equipped 200 young Christian leaders from 25 regions to lead evangelistic Bible camps that will impact over 5,000 kids and youth with the love of Jesus this summer! These energetic Christian leaders will work through local churches to transform entire communities through the connections made at Bible camps. Russia may be trying to close its doors to the spread of the gospel, but the Good News of Jesus is unstoppable!
Family as Mission
Our Family as Mission conferences are designed around the conviction that strong, stable Christian families are the foundation of the church and society. Our most recent Family as Mission conference brought together 120 people, including some of our School Without Walls students, church partners, and other young leaders. During the conference, four high-impact speakers shared about how to be missionaries to our own children and families, the importance of family worship, and how we can fulfill God’s mission in the world through our families, whether through adoption/fostering or opening our homes to children. After each session was a time for questions and answers, and the number of insightful questions asked was proof that this topic is of interest to many of our young leaders! We were also able to distribute many of Mission Eurasia’s publications at the conference, including Light magazine, Noah’s Ark magazine for children, and other biblical books and resources to help build healthy, God-honoring families.
Next Generation Forums
The heart of Mission Eurasia’s vision is training and equipping the Next Generation of young leaders for ministry, and our Next Generation Professional Leaders Initiative (NGPLI) forums and conferences enable us to expand our impact on the Next Generation beyond just the students we are able to train through our School Without Walls (SWW) program. In just the past few weeks, we’ve presented the vision of NGPLI and SWW to over 1,200 young people through these events:
From April 29 – May 1, a Speak Up Conference in Brest, Belarus drew over 800 young leaders. The purpose of the conference was to equip young people with the tools to courageously speak the truth about God to the world around them—peers, co-workers, family, and classmates. The conference also inspired participants with Mission Eurasia’s vision for the Next Generation as a movement to transform Eurasia for Christ.
One of the conference participants shared how the Speak Up event inspired him for practical ministry:
“The theological background and real-life examples of missions in profession that I heard about at the conference helped me understand the importance of my work,” shares Sergey, age 25. “I was glad to learn that God values my work as highly as that of full-time ministry workers. I made a commitment to improve the quality of my work and my motivation, thereby setting a good example and creating more opportunities to share the gospel with my coworkers. Most of all, I was overjoyed and relieved to know that I can serve God through my profession without a sense of guilt that I am not engaged in full-time ministry in the traditional sense!”
Another recent Next Generation event that Mission Eurasia participated in was called Revolution: How Millennials Can Change the World, which was organized by our ministry partner Walk Thru the Bible. At the event we introduced our School Without Walls program to more than 500 young people, who also received copies of our ministry resources.
Thank you for enabling Mission Eurasia to train, equip, and mobilize the Next Generation to transform their countries for Christ through these creative, high-impact ministry initiatives! Please give to support the Next Generation today: