Watch this video to see how we are Building a Legacy of Faithfulness to the Great Commission in Eastern Europe and Russia.
1. Faithful to Spread
years, religious literature and Bibles were banned from this part of the
world. Communism had a strangle hold on
religious freedom. In the early 1990’s,
when communism fell, HIM responded immediately , and our Ministry Center in
Vyborg, Russia has faithfully distributed over 500,000 Bibles, New Testaments and
portions of scripture throughout Russia and other former Soviet countries.
year, I told you about the tract we were printing in Hungary, and since that
time we have distributed over 4,000 gospel tracts to the people of
Budapest. Each tract contains a clear
Gospel message that is relevant to the culture.
As we are faithful to spread God’s Word, we know the scriptures will
penetrate and speak to those who receive it.
God has promised in Isaiah that His Word will not return void, but will
accomplish its purpose of changing the lives of people all across this vast
2. Faithful to Care for
Widows and Orphans
admonishes us to care for the widows and orphans, and we have joyfully
responded! In various places across our
region, we have ongoing ministries to widows and orphans. At our Ministry Center in Russia, poor women
can receive a warm meal and hear a Gospel message as well as participate in the
weekly worship service. At Christmas,
Romanian widows receive gifts of food and other necessities. We also have several ongoing ministries to
orphans in Russia and Romania.
Everything we do for the least of these, we do as unto the Lord.
3. Faithful to Preach the
is powerful, and we rejoice that God has given us many new converts this year
as a result of the preaching of the Word.
We had several summer camps this year across our region, where people
heard the simple plan of salvation and responded by repenting and turning their
lives over to Christ. Many of the
converts were young people and some have chosen to publicly witness to their
salvation by being baptized. These young
people will continue the legacy for future generations.
4. Faithful to Train
Pastors and Leaders
One of my
greatest passions is to train leaders who will take the Gospel to their own
people. We have already experienced
great success in this area. Over the past 20 years, Richard Grout has mentored
several young men who are now pastoring churches and leading large Christian
5. Faithful to Involve National Converts in Ministry
While I was
in Russia recently, I was impressed by the legacy that we are building there. Recently, two young ladies have both been saved
from a life of addiction as a direct result of HIM’s missionary work. And now, both of these young ladies are
involved in ministry and outreach through the center. This is our legacy…national converts who are
passionate about faithfully spreading the Gospel in their own country. And I believe we can do this in an even
greater measure. Jesus said that we
would be empowered to do even greater works than those of His day, and I am
claiming that promise. I am envisioning
souls being won to Christ and churches being planted all across the former
I want to
personally thank those of you who have prayed and financially supported the
ministry of HIM in Eastern Europe and Russia.
God has truly helped us to accomplish great things for His Kingdom.
for helping us as we are Building a Legacy of faithfulness in Eastern Europe
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