Why I Am Thankful

“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.”
Philippians 1:3-5, ESV

Dear Friends and Ministry Partners,

sergeysmWhile Christians in the countries of Eurasia don’t officially celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, the practice of giving thanks should mark the life of every believer across the globe. That’s why, as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving here in the US with family and friends, I wanted to share with you the special blessings for which I am especially thankful.

First of all, I am deeply humbled and honored to be serving God through the ministry of Mission Eurasia, recognizing that God is the source of “every good and perfect gift” (James 1:17) and that without Him, this ministry would not be possible.

Secondly, I am immensely grateful for my dedicated teams, both in the US and overseas, who are united by their love of God, deep compassion, and single vision to share the gospel and help transform the lives of broken, hurting people throughout my troubled homeland.

Finally, it’s difficult for me to find the right words to express how grateful I am to each of you, our friends and supporters, who uphold the ministry of Mission Eurasia with your prayers, and who give generously and sacrificially so that our ministry can continue to move forward and reach more people with the saving knowledge of Jesus.


Leonid and his family are just one example of the thousands of hurting, broken people you have helped touch this past year through your prayers and faithful support. Earlier this year, Leonid lost his job because of the ongoing war in Ukraine. When our School Without Walls (SWW) students visited him and his family, bringing food, supplies, and a message of hope through our “I Care” program, Leonid expressed both concern for his family and deep gratitude by saying:

IMG_7776“I often lie awake at night trying to figure out how to care for my children and protect them from the tragedy in Ukraine. I wish they could be spared from this nightmare….But we are extremely grateful to you, both for the food and supplies, and for the encouragement and support. Thank you also for the message of hope [Hope magazine]. If it contains an explanation for your kindness towards us, then we will gladly read it!

May Leonid’s gratitude be an encouragement to you for all the ways you have supported the work of Mission Eurasia. To further encourage you and to thank you for your partnership, I have attached this link to our School Without Walls Report for 2014-15 that describes the many different ways your support has helped to train and equip our young Christian leaders to touch other broken, hurting lives in 14 different countries:


On behalf of our entire international team in the US and overseas, thank you again for your faithful partnership and generous giving.

With deepest gratitude and wishes for a blessed Thanksgiving,


Sergey Rakhuba