Continued Growth and New Opportunities in Russia
Warm greetings from Russia! I’m so grateful to our Harvest Partners for your attention to our country and desire to be partnered with us in this vast harvest. Please know that our prayers are with you also.
At the beginning of 2015, the Moscow Church “Bethesda” started experiencing changes. New ministries are opening; new people are coming to the church; and there is much excitement in the air as we have been preparing for baptisms, weddings, births of babies, etc.
Our Youth Ministry has begun to grow and go into a new level. Weekly, our youth meet at 12 Noon in a rented room where they pray together, praise God, and hear His Word. After their time together, they go out into the community and evangelize. One of the latest activities they have undertaken is their preparation for a new activity which will encourage young people to “change your cigarette to candy.” Tobacco use is a big problem, and this effort will suggest people to convert a cigarette or a pack of cigarettes to something sweet, thereby asserting a desire for a healthier lifestyle. Also, there is preparation underway for the annual Youth Camp in August, organized by our Church together in a joint effort with a group from the UK. Please pray that our young people will be reignited once again by Holy Spirit to serve Christ to their full potential, receiving all He has for each one of them.
Presently, we have 5 people who are preparing to get baptized. They study a special program and have a time of communication with our pastor to help them fully understand the purpose and need as new Christians to follow Christ. ￼￼￼￼
Our Children’s Ministry is beginning to develop into a stronger ministry for our children. We have many children of different ages, who take great pleasure attending the lessons, reading the Bible, learning their “Golden verses,” praying, praising God with songs, and participating in holiday services. Our desire is to train and instill in each child a love for God and that they will become wonderful Christians.
We also have a growing number of newborn babies. In this regard, we are developing a new direction for our Women’s Ministry to do baby showers for these young mothers and new babies. Every week, our women get together for prayer and study of the Word. And, on Tuesdays, we have mothers’ prayer meetings for families, children, and husbands, as well as special emphasis given to unsaved relatives.
Once a month, our women also gather together for a special service. And, following their general meeting, sisters from the “Golden Agers Group” get together for prayer and bringing the needs of our church members before God. We hear many wonderful testimonies of God’s glory! Did you know… Russia and America are only 2.5 miles at the nearest point? ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼
As the number of ministries we do has increased, we find ourselves in need of our own church building here in Moscow. We need a place where we can have service, prayer meetings, home groups, and communication. We have been praying and making efforts to realize this dream!
As I have been looking at different offers, we have inquired to the owners of a property located in a very good area. It is near the train station and is a great piece of land. The asking price is 160,000$ which is a great price in Moscow, but for our Church people, this is a huge amount. But we believe that nothing is impossible for God! Right now, the US Dollar Exchange Rate is good for our Russian Rubbles, but it has begun to drop some already so we need to act as quickly as possible. We are grateful to Bishop Clayton and Sister Cathy for praying with us about this property, and for them being willing to help us raise funds to have our very first own worship building! In September, Bishop Clayton is coming for a visit with us in Russia, and I want to be able to show him this property. Please stand with us through prayers and faith that our God will supply our need for this worship facility before the door of opportunity closes. The growth we are presently experiencing allows us to know we must move forward for God, as He continues opening new doors of ministry in Moscow. ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼
Please pray with us for our dream at Moscow Bethesda Church to become a reality to have our own building—a place honoring God where people will come and get saved! Thank you for any gift you can afford to help us with this need. We do appreciate your loving support. May God bless each of you is our prayer.
For the Cause of Christ, Misha Murza National Overseer, Russia ￼￼￼
Thank you for your faithful prayers, encouragements, and financial support to impact the nation of Russia with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You are making a tremendous difference and it is deeply appreciated.
As you have read in this newsletter, we have the opportunity to assist the Moscow Bethesda Church to realize a dream come true! Won’t you consider how you can bless these efforts to have their very own place of worship. Local churches can contribute through Harvest Partners Project Giving, and individuals can give through Helping Hand.
Please designate you gift as: Russia—Moscow Bethesda Church
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