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. "
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.
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.
...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?
The Board of SRS has designated May-June as #RenewRussia2016. Please check out our quick report detailing our needs and how you can get involved.