A gateway to distant and closed nations, Russia’s Next Generation Christians could shape and shake the world.
Contrasts and ChallengeS
A land of great natural resources, Russia is also a place of spiritual and social despair. There is new wealth, but the vast majority of people live in poverty, struggling to emerge from the shadow of the Soviet experiment that failed miserably.
Add to this the serious risk for Next Generation peoples in this part of the world. Myriad problems await them--from HIV/AIDS and drug abuse to divided families, poverty and unemployment. Russia has been called an orphan-making factory.
A Church to Change the World
But there is a church there. Small in number but committed to God, post-Soviet believers have the potential to bring change and hope to their communities, plant churches and evangelize in even remote corners of the world, and reach deep into hearts of least-reached people. But they could also retreat back into silence. This is a strategic time for the church.
As a nation, Russia retains a power and position unlike any other nation of the world. They have a strong influence on the Arab nations of the world, many of whom have strained or non-existent relations with the US. The position geographically makes them a strategic voice with Asian neighbors.
A stronger church and trained Next Generation Christian leaders have the potential to bring the transformational change of the gospel to their communities and nations, spilling over into countries of Asia, the Middle East and the Far North. This area of the world is home to a vast array people groups, many who are identified as “least-reached.”
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