Church Building Crisis Grows in Many Former USSR States and Territories

September 1, 2011

As Slavik Radchuck continues his 2011 series of evangelistic crusades this month, the Christian Aid Mission director for the former USSR is calling upon American Christians to help acquire urgently needed church buildings in those countries. Slavik believes that the lack of church buildings and worship centers has reached a crisis stage in many former Soviet states.

The cost of a house or similar building that could be used as a church ranges from $15,000 to $20,000. While this price is relatively low, it is rarely attainable for congregations of poor new Christians earning less than $200 per month, if they can find employment. To help make up the need, Christian Aid has established a fund to help with building purchases (Gift Code 361BCSU)

In many areas of the former USSR, newly emerging governments require churches to be "registered" so it is becoming more and more important for such Christian assemblies to obtain a building as part of the registration process.

As the numbers of Christians grow, more and more believers are requesting discipleship training or training for missionary work; and this training activity needs to be done in designated church buildings according to government regulations.

Once disciples are trained for missions, they go into "the field" and rent a facility from which they do their evangelistic work. Once a church is planted in a new area, the cycle begins all over again. So if a church building is obtained for the local believers, outreaches can be established and discipleship and training for Christian leadership begins.