RUSSIAN MINISTRY AND MISSIONARY BIBLE
TRAINING SCHOOL REPORT!
Volume XXXXVI No. 8
Once again we had some
victorious ministry in Russia. Many times as I begin to write a
report, I just praise God For all He has done. It matters not what
we have seen in almost 50 years of ministry, yet God keeps on
surprising us with His Love and Power. I thought it would be good to
insert here part of the report Walter Zygarewicz wrote. (We serve an
awesome God! He never ceases to amaze us!
These workers will go
all over Russia with the Word of God.
We had a great start to
the Missionary (Bible) School in Kaluga, Russia. It is located in
Central Russia, several hours from Moscow.
The weather turned cold
but we had a warm reception from our gracious hosts, Bishop Gregory
and his wife Olga. He is Pastor of Grace Church, Bishop over the
region of Kaluga and Regional Bishop over 11 Bishops in Central
Russia, which includes Moscow.
The students (future
missionaries) were very attentive and desirous to learn God's Word
and methods of evangelism. Veteran Missionary Evangelist Tony Abram
and I had six sessions the first day and 9 sessions the following.
The plan is for these
students to start new churches as soon as possible. They will
continue intensive training in the day and practical evangelism in
the evenings. 10 churches were started by the graduates of the first
school. Similar results are expected from this group. It was good to
meet some of our graduates of our St. Petersburg School in 1997.
They are active in ministry, most of them are pastoring churches in
These are praising God for His wonderful Word with signs following.
Russian Pastor we trained years before in St. Petersburg
with Tony and Walter
Tony Abram and his translator minister
and teach the Word of God with power.
The Central Region of
Russia is very needy spiritually, with only 170 churches in the
Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith with 8,000
believers, and, double that would include all other Christian
Churches. That is very little in a region of 37 Million, which
includes 15 Million in Moscow. This reminded me of how Nehemiah felt
when he assessed the conditions of the walls and gates of Jerusalem.
I felt the Lord re-enforcing what He has been saying to us - that we
must double our efforts in Russia. In Moscow, it was good to see
Pastors Nikolay Makoyed and Ivan Borichevskiy and their wives.
Everyone loves Marge Abram.
Walter Zygarewicz teaches the good Word of
It was exciting to set
foot in the new Missions Center that is about to be completed. We
expect that we will be training young workers to be able to go the
front lines ofevangelism on the ripened ready mission fields of the
former USSR and Muslim countries. Soon we will have students (future
missionaries) being trained and equipped to evangelize more of the
un-reached areas. There are still almost 120,000 population points
in Russia without a Christian Church.
Hands raised in praise for the Word and Spirit of God moving among
these Russian people
Please continue to pray
and stand with us as we continue to reach this land for Christ! ) We
do appreciate this report on our ministry there. We can not begin to
tell all the ‘Good News.’ John 21:25 (KJV) And there are also many
other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written
every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain
the books that should be written. Amen. Walter, as you know, started
to work with us when he was 19 years old in Bolivia, South America.
He worked faithfully with us for 7 years when he and his wife Nina
embarked on their own ministry. However, through the years our
ministries have connected and these last 17 years we have done much
of our work in the former USSR networking with him and his fellow
workers. In truth we are all workers together with the Lord.
New Church packed.
know we have been able, through prayers and support, to purchase 149
buildings that were converted into local churches, personally plant
66 churches that have spun off into several hundred local churches
and are supporting more that 50 full time workers in the former
also partly supporting 12 missionary schools in different parts of
Russia with $100.00 each. The students of these missionary schools
have produced over 150 new churches.
We give all the Glory to
Jesus! Russia is a much bigger mission field than Africa, as Walter
wrote above and is worth repeating, ‘There are still almost 120,000
population points in Russia without a Christian Church.’ Next month
we will be printing our annual report on what we are doing through
the nations that God has us involved in at this present time
The Spirit of God moves upon these precious Russian hearts
Here are some
interesting facts of the Kaluga region where our last missions
school was held.
Kaluga is a city in western Russia, located on the Oka River 188 km
(120 miles) southwest of Moscow. It is the capital of the Province.
Population: 334,751 (2002 Census); Kaluga was founded in the
mid-14th century as a border fortress.. Kaluga is connected to
Moscow by a railway line and the ancient roadway which is known as
the Kaluga road. This road was the favored escape route from
the Moscow trap for Napoleon in the fall of 1812. Kaluga was
occupied by the Nazi armies in 1941. In 1944 the Soviet Government
used its local military buildings to intern hundreds of Polish POW -
soldiers of the Polish Underground Home Army, who were arrested by
the advancing Soviet front. Kuluga is the Auto manufacturing center
Marge and I love you and we sincerely appreciate all your prayers
and support to this missionary ministry.
God bless you and
yours is our daily prayer. We love you.
Tony and Marge Abram