God's Way in Russia Past Finding Out

God's Way in Russia Past Finding Out

My name is Evgeni Kruzhkov. I’m a rector of the Biblical Theological Seminary of St. Petersburg. At our regualar intensive course last month we hosted 17 Russian ministers who came to study in our seminary. Ten of them were new. There is a good tradition in our seminary to share testimonies. Every story is amazing and unique.

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Planting Churches in the Wilderness

Planting Churches in the Wilderness

In the past week I have shared with you the hard news that one of our SRS empowered churches was raided by 40 armed federal agents in Russia. I also passed on to you the wonderful news that the $60,000.00 given by our American donors has already paid for the building of a church facility in the Far East, which in turn has helped significantly grow the men's morning bible study in that church, despite the recent spread of TB among its members.

Today I want to refer to the raid on Pastor Nik's church, and the sad reality of Pastor Ruslan's whole family coming down with tuberculosis to illustrate how vulnerable the Evangelical Church in Russia really is. 

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Despite Serious Illness, Joy in the Far East

Despite Serious Illness, Joy in the Far East

Until now, Romanovka, near Vladivostok, has had no functioning church nor any church building with a congregation meeting in it. SRS donors have contributed the entire $60,000.00 needed to complete the construction of this church building before winter this year! Praise God! The Holy Spirit is pushing the Gospel and the Church where they have never been before!

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God on the Move on Russian Front

God on the Move on Russian Front

In July of 2016 the Russian government passed a law which outlawed public evangelism in Russia. Most churches expected their ministries to be greatly hindered. In fact, in 2017 SRS has experienced unprecedented growth in our seminary and churches. And we have critical support needs. Please enjoy an account of God's amazing work in Russia and beyond during the past few months, and learn how you can participate...

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World Debut of Club Butterfly Promo Video!

World Debut of Club Butterfly Promo Video!

In January 2017, SRS sent Zach Purcell to St. Petersburg, where he spent 10 days and a donation of $10,000, filming and interviewing the parents, counselors and Babochka club members. The five minute film linked below highlights the fruit of that labor. Two thousand Russians watched it online the first day it was  available.

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A Word From an Irishman on Adopting SRS Eurasian Churches

A Word From an Irishman on Adopting SRS Eurasian Churches

My name is Brian O'Leary. I come from the little fishing village of Baltimore in West Cork, Ireland, I have been a U.S. citizen and lived in the USA most of my life, the past twenty-two years in the beautiful state of Kentucky. As the newest member of the board of SRS, I wanted to write to you about three of our four SRS supported church plants. I am excited about them all because, just as St. Patrick in Ireland, they are preaching Christ where He is not otherwise being preached.

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By supporting SRS, you're applying God's known solution to Islamic terrorism

By supporting SRS, you're applying God's known solution to Islamic terrorism

In the city of Kazan, the Islamic capital of Russia, population 600,000, not only is there an Orthodox Church inside the wall, but nearby is a growing 10 year-old Christian congregation of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Eurasia, which is also accommodated by the Islamic capital.

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WWII Soviet Veteran Honors Americans on Victory Day

As you know, Russian-American relations now are at a low point. That is why I am encouraged to report to you that some Russians are still very appreciative of what America did during WWII. And I am glad that an American helped by SRS is very appreciative of what the USSR did for the world in fighting Hitler and Nazi Germany. 

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72 years ago today the flag of the Soviet Union was hoisted over the Reichstag. (2 days later this photo was taken)

As a Russian who has worked with Americans since 1993, and for SRS since 2000, I know that Americans have a hard time understanding Russia's commitment to remembering WWII. One simple way to understand our passion for this holiday is to realize that the USSR lost 20 million souls in this war, and America only lost 400,000. 

For every Russian, World War II is first and foremost the so-called Great Patriotic War which started on June 22, 1941 and lasted until May 9, 1945. Therefore May 9 marks the end of the war between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany.

This day is celebrated with military parades and concerts. As for regular people, in my family for example we always get together, cook up a feast, raise our glasses to the victory over the Nazis and remember those who did not come back.

72 years ago today the flag of the Soviet Union was hoisted over the Reichstag. (2 days later this photo was taken)

To understand the differences in how Russians experienced WWII and how Americans did, Germany had 4 million soldiers on the Eastern Front for 4 years. The full Western Front had only 2 million German soldiers for a year.  

It’s not just a tradition. It’s a day commemorating the end of the worst war in the history of my country – and of the whole world.  

In contemporary Russia it’s difficult to find a city or a family that wasn’t touched by World War II in one way or another. My best friend’s father survived Auschwitz. My own parents had to flee from Nazi soldiers who occupied their village. My mom was only 5 but she breaks into tears every time she remembers those days.

Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) had survived the blockade and lost 80% of its population of 3 million– most of it died of hunger.

That’s the reason Victory Day is so important for Russians – it’s personal for every family. We commemorate those who fought for their families and gave up their lives to force the enemy out of our territory.

We understand how hard it was to defeat fascism in 1941-1945 and our grandparents would have been in much worse situation if American, French, and British troops had not entered the war in 1939-41. Thanks to the Allied operation (the invasion of German-occupied Western Europe) the Western Front was opened and speeded up the end of the war.

The U.S.A. supplied the Soviet Union with$11.3 billion (equivalent to $150 billion today) worth of supplies during WWII. It was not only supplies of finished products like planes and trucks, but also raw materials that were extremely important - metals, chemicals and products, which were either not produced in the USSR or lost to the enemy. And let’s not forget about food supplies – during WWII the Allies supplied about 4 million tons of food, flour, canned meats, etc.

Lewis Purcell, whose ministry with Camp “Babochka” is facilitated through SRS, participated in a concert dedicated to Victory Day. This past Friday he got a chance to share at a public school in St. Petersburg about his grandfather Graham Purcell Jr. and his service during the War. 

Lewis reports, “Afterwards a 94-year old veteran stood up and in front of everyone thanked me and America and Graham Purcell Jr. for everything they did for Russia during the War – for the food, ammunition and machinery. He also said he remembered like yesterday the bread he ate in the spring of 1942 made with real American flour after months of near starvation. He asked me to personally thank my grandmother Nancy for Graham Purcell’s service”.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
— Matthew 5:9

Happy Victory Day!


Natalya Mironova
SRS Field Ministry Administrator

20,000 Miles, 2 Bombs, 400 New Souls, 1 Beautiful Opportunity for the Gospel

20,000 Miles, 2 Bombs, 400 New Souls, 1 Beautiful Opportunity for the Gospel

The board of the Slavic Reformation Society is grateful to God for His blessings on the Making Missions Great Again campaign, and thrilled with the impact of this trip through our field leader Blake Purcell and his wife Cathy. Here are highlights of their report:

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New Fruits of the Old Reformation

New Fruits of the Old Reformation

Dear friends and supporters of SRS,

Greetings in Jesus Christ! Happy Reformation Year!

I’m Evgeni Kruzhkov, a dean of the Biblical Theological Seminary of St. Petersburg. Thanks to your generous support we were able to hold another intensive course. Fifteen ministers participated in it including four new students who came from cities that we have never reached before.

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One Day in Russia is Better than 1000 Elsewhere!

One Day in Russia is Better than 1000 Elsewhere!

For Cathy and I, one of the challenges of living stateside is the feeling that few people are willing to be vulnerable about their needs. But when we come to Russia, the Lord fills our lives with wonderful people who are not ashamed to describe their real needs, opening the door for us to tell them about how God can meet them. 

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After Latvia Action Report: A Friend of Sinners

After Latvia Action Report: A Friend of Sinners

"I thought I knew how unreached Jurmala was, with a population of Russians of about 20,000, but I had no idea. We saw in Timur's community that there was 1 Catholic church, of about 15 women, 5 men, a Pentecostal church of the same size, and a Lutheran church of the same size. Pastor Timur told us none of them is attempting effective outreach to the community with the Gospel."

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Report from Latvia: Reaching the Unreached, Teaching the Untaught

Report from Latvia: Reaching the Unreached, Teaching the Untaught

Pastors Timur, Yuri, Evgeni and Blake Purcell will attempt to invite 300 Russian-speaking men to attend the seminar (Friday and Saturday, March 3-4) What Is a Real Man: God's Perspective. Pray for the Holy Spirit to touch 20 men's hearts to attend, and from this group for a men's Bible study to begin, which pastor Timur will lead. Less than 1% of the Russian-speaking population in Latvia is evangelical Christian!
 

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Pray for the Making Missions Great Again Campaign Kicking off Tomorrow

Pray for the Making Missions Great Again Campaign Kicking off Tomorrow

Jeremiah 33:3, KJV
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
 
From passages like Jeremiah 33:3, we know that God loves to shew Himself to us, when we call to Him, in a big and mighty way.
 
Please do this very thing and call to Him for the Make Missions Great Again campaign, which field director Blake Purcell and his wife Cathy will be leaving for on Sunday, February 26, 2017.

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Thanks for Helping Us Tell Stories That Matter

Thanks for Helping Us Tell Stories That Matter

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...

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