Persecution of Christians is a reality. In the U.S. government’s “2009 International Religious Freedom Report,” Christians in at least 30 countries suffered noteworthy violations of their religious freedom. Praise God that Russian Ministries has active ministries in the persecuted countries of Eurasia. As persecution continues to increase, our ministry continues to provide what persecuted believers need and want most: training the Next Generation, God’s Word and our prayers. Your partnership with Russian Ministries makes this possible.
Thank you for helping to provide the resources to equip these leaders with ministry tools, such as the Scriptures, that they can distribute across Eurasia to Christians who are persecuted for their faith. You gave from your blessings, and they received the blessing of God’s grace and peace.
Tensions between Muslims and Christians often run high in Central Asia, Tatarstan and the Northern Caucasus region of Russia. When these tensions spill over into families, many difficulties result. Just ask Aigul. She grew up in a Muslim family. In 2010, she became a Christian and wanted to share Christ with her family. So she went to her village to tell them the Good News. When her father heard that Aigul was now following (Isa) Jesus, he tied her up and arranged for her to marry a Muslim man. Another family member freed her, and she escaped. She went back to live in the city. Every time she tries to make contact with the family, she is always rejected.
This is what persecuted Christians face in the Muslim-dominated areas of Central Asia, the Northern Caucasus of Russia and Tatarstan.
• Rejection and attacks by family members
• Worship only in restricted areas or in secret
• Churches closed or locked
• Violent physical attacks and abuse
• Anti-conversion laws
• Arrest and beatings
• Verbal harassment and false accusations
• Displacement and isolation
• Required registration of churches
• Children unable to attend church
Thank you for providing tangible Christian love and care by providing Scriptures to Christians persecuted for their faith across Eurasia. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, your support and encouragement are reaching them in their most desperate moments. Please continue to lift them up in prayer as they continue to serve our God faithfully.
Someone said, “No one is more secure than the one who is held in God’s hand.”
We praise God for you and your interest in Russian Ministries!
“People in persecuted regions of Russia express their thirst to read and study God’s Word. Contact with them is very limited, so we must communicate with them through letters. They are asking for Christian support, fellowship and Bible study materials.”
—National Director of Russia
“With the help of Russian Ministries, many who are persecuted for their faith find the grace to stand for Christ.”
—National Director for Belarus
As you pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Eurasia, please pray for:
• Christians to find sensitive ways to share their faith in countries that aggressively persecute Christians.
• Those who read God’s Word in a new translation (name not given because of opposition and persecution), that they may learn about God and His great gift to them.
• Protection for contacts, new converts, and Christians in the Northern Caucasus.
• Protection for pastors from attacks both physical and from the mass media.
• Success of several countries’ underground ministry programs in bringing more people to Jesus.
• Workers’ safe entry into Central Asia so that they can share the gospel.
• Christians to stand against radical religious groups and extremists.