russia / europe

Spiritual Climate

You may be able to see the gold dome of a Russian Orthodox Church from nearly every street here, but the average person has no idea that Jesus can make a difference in his daily life. Russians consider themselves a Christian nation, yet they're plagued by poverty, alcoholism and staggering abortion rates. Mafia control and corruption are daily realities for everyone who lives here.

Ground-Level Perspectives

The role the Orthodox Church plays in Russian culture is a great illustration that having religion is not the same thing as having a relationship with God.
— Carre Gardner, former WorldVenture missionary to Russia

More about Russia

A Couple Raw Facts


Country Illustration

The world’s largest country, extending across 9 time zones between the Baltic and the Pacific.

 

History & Future

Entered
1992

WorldVenture History in Russia

WorldVenture has been an active partner in significant ministries within the former Soviet Union. Project 250 is WorldVenture’s primary involvement in Russia, addressing the need for trained national leaders. Project 250 is a driving force for training church planters and helping leaders become better skilled ministers. WorldVenture has contributed significantly in developing training programs and curriculum that keeps leaders engaged in their local ministries and empowers them to mobilize the laity for ongoing significant ministry.

Today &
Tomorrow

Russia Team Goals

The former Soviet Union is literally a gold mine of opportunities. There are so many cities, villages and ethnic groups that have not been touched by the gospel. There is one evangelical church for every 37,000 people and nearly half of the churches that exist have no pastor. It is the desire of WorldVenture to provide whatever assistance possible to mobilize the Russian church. There is a vision for this generation to enter these spiritual gold fields and to multiply the treasures there.

5 Global
Objectives

WorldVenture Global Objectives

  1. Evangelizing the Peoples of the World
    • Relationships being cultivated with non-believers
    • Decisions to follow Christ
    • Believers baptized
    • People engaged in intentional discipleship
    • Bible verses translated and Christian resources created or translated
  2. Extending Grace
    • People helped through development assistance
    • People provided with medical and health assistance
    • People helped toward justice who are in illegal, immoral, dangerous, exploited circumstances
    • People helped directly through disaster relief
  3. Establishing Churches
    • New churches established
    • Daughter churches established
  4. Equipping Leaders
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through formal contexts
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through non-formal contexts
    • TCKs (third culture kids) being equipped
    • 360º leaders being equipped
  5. Encouraging Mission Movements
    • National Christians preparing to become cross-cultural missionaries
    • National churches engaged in cross-cultural missions
    • National church groups engaged in cross-cultural missions

Living Here

 

FOOD & HOUSING

The [Communist] Government gave my father this apartment. There was stability in those days; people could afford to live. Now, I live here with my mother and my daughter, and my sister and her two sons. Nobody can afford their own apartment these days.
— Tanya G.

Everything I do, I do on the principle of Russian borscht. You can throw everything into it: beets; carrots; cabbage; onions; everything you want. What's important is the taste of the borscht.
— Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Russian Poet

COMMUNITY

A Russian family might not have a mother or a father, but it always has a grandmother.
— Vika, age 8

 

WEATHER & ENVIRONMENT

Everyone thinks Russia is always cold, but here in the south there are fruit and flowers everywhere: it's paradise!
— Vladimir K.

 

LANGUAGE & CULTURE

You'll have to live in Russia and be immersed in the language and culture for seven years before you can expect to be fluent in the language.
— Dave W., teacher, Russian Language Ministries, Columbia, SC

It's impossible to learn the Russian language without understanding the culture.
— Madina A., Russian teacher


Local News

The following is a live news feed mirrored from an independent news service, and offers a current stream of headlines coming out of the country. WorldVenture does not control headlines, but only "mirrors" them from other websites.

russia source:bbc - Google News
Ukraine crisis: Russia defies fresh Western sanctions - BBC News

BBC News

Ukraine crisis: Russia defies fresh Western sanctions
BBC News
Russia says it will not "cave in" to pressure, following a fresh set of US, EU and Canadian sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine. A spokesman said Moscow regretted "that the West is yet again displaying a complete lack of interest" in resolving the ...
Russia warns US over sanctions bill


Saturday, December 20, 2014 7:01:38 AM

The casualties of Russia's decline - BBC News

BBC News

The casualties of Russia's decline
BBC News
But as Russia looks likely to enter a deep recession - fuelled by plummeting oil prices and the plunging rouble - the West has remained sanguine about the potential impact on global finances. Heavyweights like the US and UK would argue they have little ...
Russia economy: What is the risk of meltdown?


Thursday, December 18, 2014 12:04:31 PM

Manufacturers face 'bloodbath' in Russia, says Renault Nissan boss - BBC News

BBC News

Manufacturers face 'bloodbath' in Russia, says Renault Nissan boss
BBC News
The chief executive of Renault Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, has said that manufacturers in Russia are facing a "bloodbath" because of the plunge in the value of the rouble. The currency has been dropping steadily for several months, but suffered very sharp ...


Friday, December 19, 2014 10:19:13 PM

EU needs 'long-term' Russia strategy, says Donald Tusk - BBC News

BBC News

EU needs 'long-term' Russia strategy, says Donald Tusk
BBC News
The EU needs a long-term strategy on Russia instead of simply reacting to events, the new EU summit chairman Donald Tusk has said. Mr Tusk said he had been "really moved" by the leaders' discussion of the Ukraine crisis. Earlier, the EU tightened ...


Thursday, December 18, 2014 5:50:33 PM

The Russians fighting a 'holy war' in Ukraine - BBC News

BBC News

The Russians fighting a 'holy war' in Ukraine
BBC News
Since the start of the conflict in eastern Ukraine eight months ago, the Kremlin has denied any direct involvement, including sending Russian troops. But there are Russian fighters on the ground who are proud to announce their presence - and to discuss ...


Friday, December 19, 2014 5:28:51 PM

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Projects

Missionary Team


Gerry & Marla Schroeder

Nurturing leaders and creating resources to inspire the Russian church to worship in order that people can experience true life in Christ.

Evangelizing the Peoples of the World

With respect for people and their cultures, we communicate, by word and deed, the full scope of biblical truth and, especially, the gospel. We make disciples of Jesus Christ among all peoples through different kinds of evangelism..

Relationships Being Cultivated with Non-Believers

We seek to build and nurture authentic relationships with people who have no knowledge of Jesus Christ with whom we can share our faith. Paul asks, 'How are they to believe in the one they have not heard of?' Romans 10:14. The answer is that they can't. It is our desire for those who have never heard the gospel or never understood it to have the chance know God. Many times a true opportunity to hear the gospel requires an environment of trust and friendship first.

Scriptures: Matt 28:18-20, Rom 10:14, 1 John 4:19.

 

Decisions to Follow Christ

We recognize both the internal conversion of the heart and external profession of faith as milestones in the journey of obedience to Jesus Christ. We encourage new believers to identify themselves as Christ-followers in ways that are recognized as authentic in the local context.

Scriptures: Romans 10:10, Matthew 5:14-16, Eph. 4:20-24, Mark 16:15 .

 

Believers Baptized

Baptism is another external milestone in the journey of obedience for a new believer. We encourage new Christ-followers to further identified themselves with Jesus Christ and the local community of faith through baptism by immersion.

Scriptures: Romans 6:3-6, Galatians 3:27, Matthew 28:19-20.

 

People Engaged in Intentional Discipleship

We nurture reasonable steps taken to pursue spiritual growth and evangelism from Christians and non-Christians. This often looks like greater depth in comprehending biblical truths and expressing their growing faith in ways meaningfully in their own culture.

Scriptures: Hebrews 10: 24-25, Eph. 4:11-17, Matthew 28: 18-20.

 

Bible Verses Translated and Christian Resources Created or Translated

We actively invest time and talent into Bible translation and creation of Christian media knowing that these investments will expand and deepen the influence of the gospel in a culture.

Scriptures: Acts 2:8-11, Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 13:47-49, Acts 8:26-39.

Extending Grace

Following the example of Jesus, we address human suffering and practical needs everywhere we share the gospel, whether it be through individual acts of mercy or community-wide programs.

Helping People through Development Assistance

Lasting community development is only achieved by insiders. Meaning, we assisted people in their own development efforts in the areas of acquiring sustainable food, water, shelter, literacy, vocational training, education, and employment. Our explicit goal is empowerment, dignity, and community ownership.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 10:18, 1 Samuel 2:8, Psalm 145:15-16, Luke 12:33.

 

People Provided with Medical & Health Assistance

The grace and blessing of medical care where there is no other access to medical help is one of the longest standing outreaches of WorldVenture. Our hospitals and rural clinics dot some of the most difficult locations in the world.

Scriptures: Jeremiah 33:6, Isaiah 40:29, Matt 19:2.

 

Justice for those in Illegal, Immoral, & Dangerous Circumstances

We seek out those who have become vulnerable and fallen to the advantage of other people. We advocate for them within available legal systems, or we build exits and avenues for them to leave their circumstances.

Scriptures: Isaiah 43:2, Psalm 72:4, Isaiah 51:4-5, Ezekiel 34:15-16, Psalm 82:3-4.

 

Helping People Directly through Disaster Relief

In large scale disasters which are within locations we have workers and churches, we bring help directly to the people effected by the disaster. Our networks are often the most established in the communities to the point that larger relief organizations will defer to us on the ground. Yet our strategies always extend past the immediate response to include some form of rebuilding and restoration.

Scriptures: 1 Cor 16:1-4, Psalm 145:15-16, Philippians 4:19.

 

Establishing Churches

Building his church is central to Jesus’ purposes. We strive to establish healthy local churches that will establish other churches, resulting in church planting movements.

New Churches Established

Recognizing that church planting is typically more of a process rather than a one-time event, we speak of a church as being "established" when the local church and its local sister churches recognize it as such. We value real growth of the church, and use milestones like this to give us benchmarks to celebrate.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 15:20-21, Matthew 18:20, 1 Timothy 4:13, Acts 16:4-5.

 

Daughter Churches Established

 Another milestone we encourage as a mark of a maturing church is the multiplication of daughter churches. More than anything this is a sign of the outward growth and maturity of the faith community.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 16:4-5, Romans 15:20-21, Ephesians 2:19-22.

 

Equipping Leaders

We develop leaders who are able to lead others in contextualizing and maximizing their Kingdom impact – locally, regionally, and around the world.

Leaders Being Trained for Ministry through Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

Our workers staff numberous formal seminaries and bible schools as teachers or administrators. We know that people being equipped in and for ministry through formal degree/diploma granting institutions is an investment in the future health and vitality of the church.

Scriptures: Proverbs 2:10-11, Luke 2:45-47, Proverbs 1:1-7.

 

Leaders being Trained for Ministry through Non-Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

In addition to formal academic training, we encourage leadership development through non-formal ministry training seminars, courses, and programs. These programs are equally as powerful for deepening and establishing churches through informed and mature lay leaders.

Scriptures: Psalm 32:8, Psalm 119:105, John 10:3-4.

 

TCKs (Third Culture Kids) being Equipped

Experience has taught us that some of the most natural and effective future missionaries come from the children of our current missionaries. Not only does the investment in these children make it possible for their parents to work in remote locations, most of the international schools in which we partner encourage the personal ministry and impact these children can have while on the field.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 4:9, Matthew 18:2-5, 1 Timothy 4:12.

 

"360º Leaders" being Equipped

Our 360° vision for impacting societies recognizes that there are a handful of key roads to impacting in any given city or provence or people group. For example, business and media are key influencers in a society, but often fall outside designated leadership tracks like pastors and teachers. We encourage the development of Christian leaders who will influence society through business, politics, medicine, media, social justice, and family and community development.

Scriptures: John 17:15-19, Colossians 3:23-24, 1 Corinthians 14:12, Romans 12:6-8, Matthew 25:23.

 

Encouraging Mission Movements

We will encourage individuals, churches, and church movements everywhere to connect with each other and other organizations, creating international relationships for networking, collaborating, and partnering to do missions “from everywhere to everywhere.”

National Christians Preparing to Become Missionaries

We encourage the natural progression of a maturing national church by advocating for the training and development of national Christians to become missionaries. Crossing-cultures is always difficult, even for those who are born and raised in multi-lingual, multi-cultural environments, and preparation can be a key element in the succeess of a national missionary.

Scriptures: Psalm 144:1, Galations 3:28, Psalm 32:8, Isaiah 61:1.

 

National Churches Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

In addition to individuals going out as missionaries, we encourage national churches to engage in missions.

Scriptures: Romans 10:15, John 15:1-27, Matthew 9:35-38.

 

National Church Groups Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

From the individual to the church and then finally to the multi-church association, we encourage many national church groups and church associations to engaged in missions. We seek a culture of outward movement and self-sacrifice as a healthy part of a national church.

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 2 Corinthians 9:10-12, Romans 10:15.

 

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