I praise God and thank you for partnering with us in the venture of reaching Russia and the former Soviet Union with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the Moscow Seminary!
Two aspects of this partnership I would like to emphasize this time:
First, this partnership does produce: Everybody of the recent graduating class went straight into ministry: Say, Ilya Vasilyev moved to the Sakhalin Island as a church planter (that’s 5,775 miles away from Moscow, the island being the remotest part of Russia, and so – Jesus’ “be ye my witnesses … to the end of the world” charge applies here, at least from the Russian standpoint). Pavel Sadaev travelled to the Mrakovo village as a missionary to Muslims in Bashkortostan (and I am sure you know that whatever ends on “stan” is a trouble). By the way, the Russian term “Mrakovo” in English means “Darkness” – what a suitable name for a place for the Light of Christ to shine upon!
Second, this partnership is efficient: It multiplies the investment as we train 111 students simultaneously. It operates in an economically sound way as we are being frugal with your money. (Some say even to the extent of being monastically ascetic. Well, true – there are no winter gardens or swan lakes at the Seminary. Why have them anyway? But what resources we do have we utilise to the limit: students worship, study, play, and even sleep in the chapel).
And so, our joint venture functions just as it is written, “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” (2 Peter 1:2-3)
I prayerfully hope this fruitful partnership continues, to Him be the glory! Please, donate online via www.onemissionsociety.org/give/express-donations (project name = 301710 Moscow Seminary), or by cheque made payable to One Mission Society (with 301710 Moscow Seminary remark in the memo line of the cheque) and sent to One Mission Society UK, 1 Sandileigh Avenue MANCHESTER M20 3LN United Kingdom (you may also want to sign gift certificate as OMS is a registered UK charity 245124).
It’s great to be on the same team – Jesus’ team with you, One Mission Society United Kingdom!
Director of the Moscow Seminary