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.
Jesus said in Matthew 10:16, Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
SRS Pastors Evgeniy Kruzhkov and Oleg Volkov feel called to do just what the Lord said, to be sent out as sheep among wolves.
September 29 - October 5, they are going to teach our first ever intensive seminary course in a closed country. Oleg will teach on personal discipleship, and Evgeniy on Covenant Theology from Genesis.
For hosting or participating in this secret intensive course-- they and the national students could be arrested, fined 50 times their monthly salary, and/or given a 3-year prison term.