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Going to Far Away Places

April 15, 2009

There are many indigenous ministries located throughout Eastern Europe, Russia, Siberia, and Central Asia. In most cases they are located far apart from one another. In some of these countries public transportation, such as buses or trains, are available. But the service is often very limited. Trains travel from one large city to another, but they are not necessarily the places missionaries are targeting. But even when public transportation is available, this means the missionary can take himself–but no equipment and no evangelistic tools.

Ukraine

Today the time is right for crusades in Ukraine. Vehicles large enough to carry an evangelism team plus the sound system and other equipment are urgently needed. The large vans can also be used as buses for missionary training sessions, or by orphanages as a school bus, and for routine operations. Bicycles are good for travel within cities, or by missionaries who relocate to villages in order to build up the church and serve as pastor.

Central Asia

Vans able to seat 7 to 12 people, and automobiles, are in great need in Central Asia. Bicycles are not practical because of mountains and the great distances (700 to 800 kilometers between ministries and the mission field.) Private transportation is much safer in these predominately-Muslim countries. Christians need to be careful because of discrimination and various forms of persecution.

From Russia to Siberia

When the weather warms, boats are a good form of transportation via the many rivers in Russia and Siberia.

Travel to places like Siberia is even more troublesome. The northern-most parts of Siberia are virgin territory as far as public travel is concerned. Travel is also difficult because of the scarcity of highways. And the severe winter storms of Siberia make it difficult to travel in these far away places. For these reasons Siberia is also virgin territory for the gospel! Boats and snowmobiles are the most reliable means of transportation in this area of the world. Because of these adversities, many missionaries who do manage to travel into these remote areas often remain there. They plant churches, act as pastors, and train others for leadership roles.


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