Blake and Cathy Purcell are taking a trip to Make Missions Great Again. Find out how you can partner with SRS in this endeavor!
Slavic Reformation Society founder Blake Purcell and his wife Cathy are about to Make Missions Great Again... Well, Lord willing and the creek don't rise!
In late November my brother, Lewis, one of the directors of Club Babochka, asked my wife and I to consider coming to Russia this January to film several promotional videos for Babochka. While we were super excited to take on the challenge, the obstacles were daunting. I was afraid we’d make it to Russia but not have the funding, the team, or the editing time to really give the stories what they deserved...
Your giving and prayers this year for SRS have allowed pastors, their families and their churches to spread the life-saving news of Jesus Christ in Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Siberia, the Far East, Latvia, a closed Muslim country and Kazan, the Muslim capital of Russia.
Club Babochka is in a tough situation. One of their biggest sponsors is on the verge of cancelling their support.
The sponsor is a local charity group and they feel Club Babochka just doesn’t have enough shareable media that the charity can use to continue raising support. Babochka doesn’t have the funds or the staff to create this media, so they've asked two filmmakers, Zachary Purcell and Ryan Sax, to volunteer their work to film and produce several promotional videos of Babochka.
"We were atheists. Therefore all these ordeals were a real shock for me. In the Soviet Union, life was hard anyway, and to have a severely handicapped child was considered a curse of fate. I did not want to live. I did not see any hope. I was sure my life was ruined completely. Even when we were together again – with my wife and disabled son – I wished I would have died as soon as possible because I thought my life failed."
"It was a great shock to us when a few weeks ago we got the sad news that Valery had passed away of a heart attack. I immediately felt the need to have the churches of Reformed Presbyterian Church of Eurasia offer their condolences and some financial support for his widow and children, which we did. I also felt that God would have me visit them in their time of need. "
In 2002 my brother was taken to the police station. He was tortured and beaten so that he would confess to the theft. The fact is that in front of our house the neighbors opened a store. One day a thief entered the store through our house and stole things from it. They accused my brother.
Blake and Cathy Purcell have just arrived in St. Petersburg in time for the Fall Intensive of the Biblical Theological Seminary (BTS). This is the first time they have gone to teach in Russia since the new anti-freedom of religion laws came into effect in July.
With attendees from Russia, Texas, Mississippi, Iowa, Missouri, South Carolina, Florida, Colorado, and Alaska, the SRS Annual Meeting and Summit was a great success. It was a time of prayer, planning, encouragement, and celebration, as we received reports...
Since the roots were planted in 1999 for the Biblical Theological Seminary, we have been praying for the opportunity to establish a church in the Moscow area. The Lord is remembering His promise in John 15:16 and answering our prayers...
Gifts came in from 39 individuals and families and 17 churches. Many churches gave love offerings, above and beyond their budgeted giving...The Lord is obviously moving North American churches to suffer with their brethren in the more oppressed parts of the world and we thank Him for His faithfulness and mercies through believers and churches like you and yours!
Every summer Ravil Kunakayev, graduate of St. Petersburg Biblical Seminary and pastor of Tyumen Presbyterian Church, and his wife Julia organize a Family Camp for their church members. This year they chose the theme Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands. The key speaker was Rev. Oleg Volkov, pastor of the Reformed Presbyterian Church who came from St. Petersburg to minister with Ravil and Julia.
If you pay attention to global trends, one thing is obvious: unjust violence is on the rise. What is undebatable and undeniable is that the only real long-term solution to global violence is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
...Russia is the largest country in the world? ...More than 146 million people live in Russia? ...The Slavic Reformation Society is the only known historically Reformed church-planting ministry in Russia? Will you give a gift to #RenewRussia2016 to help us continue our vital work in Russia and for Russian-speaking people?
We need to find 100 people who will pray for the church in Moscow and for #RenewRussia2016. We have already raised $42,000 for #RenewRussia2016, but we still need another $58,000 to make it possible for the church in Dmitrov and other ministries to continue.
Will you be one out of one hundred?
In the midst of #RenewRussia2016 the discouraging news came of a new law in Russia which among many other strictures also bans Christians from meeting in homes and other places.
SRS's 2016 ministry strategy is “Deep and Wide.” We are eager to see that fountain flow through Russia and to Russian speakers throughout the world.
"Covenant High School has been a life-changing force, which God has used to correct my path and guide me," says Adele Kruzhkova of her time in Tacoma, WA. Read more about her story and that of Anton Moroz, who also spent two years in Christian high school in Tacoma.
With very mixed feelings I want to introduce you to Vlad and Ella Nevjidovsky and their family. Vlad has been a ruling elder and preacher in the Reformed Presbyterian Church of St. Petersburg since 2002.
A movement of individuals, families and churches committed to seeing the Gospel and the Church of Jesus Christ planted and growing in the Russian speaking world numbering 275 million in Eurasia.
Small beginnings have led to churches and auxiliary ministries that are equipping believers with tools to teach others also!
The planting of local churches is our first priority. In the context of a biblical church structure effective preaching and growth in Christ can take place.
We prioritize the raising up of both elders to lead these churches and godly men to lead their families.
"And He shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers." Malachi 4:6
Pastor Yuriy has not seen or heard from his father in more than 45 years. In fact, he did not even know if he was alive. Yuriy turned to a national television program which finds missing loved ones. A year ago he learned his father was alive and on 2 July his father will visit him.