Despite politics, God has given His people favor in Russia! The local government of Naberezhnye Chelny in the primarily Muslim Tatar region, was moved to donate 2 acres of choice property on a major intersection to a missionary team from the Ukraine, to build a ministry center. Incredibly, the government went so far as to provide building plans and permits at no cost!
The planned project is for a 1,000-seat ministry center which will be a regional gathering place for the 32 churches that have been planted. The only stipulation is that the construction project MUST be completed no later than May 31, 2019.
Our burden for Russia began in 1993 when the National Youth Department received an invitation to conduct youth camps for Russian youth. I was blessed to lead a team of young high school students, who, through ministry and friendship, led hundreds of young Russians to a faith in Christ. The people of Russia are hungry for and responsive to the gospel message.
While opportunity exists, our evangelistic efforts are not without challenge. Occasionally harassment and persecution have forced teams to leave, but God continues to give us favor. In the past four months, two Russian courts have heard charges against the church. One case demanded the liquidation of the church. By God’s providence, the judged ruled in favor of the church and declared that the church does have a right to exist–a permanent right—and that harassment must stop!
Builders International has an opportunity to literally help steer this Tatar region of Russia into a rebirth, into an acceptance of the gospel. You can be a part of this incredible miracle.
Prayer has always been the underpinnings of missions. A 24/7 prayer ministry has and will be a continued focus of this church with an octagon prayer center as part of the planned construction. Will you join with us in prayer?
With strict government restrictions, Builders teams are not permitted to enter the country to do the actual construction. However, We can provide wages to hire Russians to work for $125 per week or $500 per month. Will you prayerfully consider contributing to this opportunity to fulfill God’s great commission?
Thank you for your prayers and financial support as God stirs your heart with compassion for Russia.
Jim & Linda Wellborn
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Thousands live in the many apartments in high rises within walking distance of Good News Church! More than laying bricks, this project is reaching new people!