Reaping in Russia

November 9, 2011

In the dark days of Communist rule, many American church leaders said that the light of the gospel had been extinguished in the USSR. Even during that oppressive period, Christian Aid was in secret communications with hundreds of born again believers who were keeping alive the torch of Christian testimony in those closed countries.

And when the Soviet empire collapsed 20 years ago we moved quickly to get behind the native missionaries who immediately went to work, openly spreading the gospel of salvation among their people.

Christian Aid missionary Slavik Radchuk began to preach to huge crowds like this in his own Russian and Ukrainian languages immediately after the Soviet Empire collapsed 20 years ago. Hundreds of thousands have received Christ and planted hundreds of new churches in 16 countries.

We joined forces with Slavik Radchuk, who was said to be the most eloquent native evangelist in all the Soviet Union, and provided financial backing for huge evangelistic meetings in Ukraine, Russia and other former states of the USSR. During the past 20 years Slavik has conducted hundreds of campaigns, often attended by more than 10,000 people, and frequently meeting out of doors. Hundreds of thousands have turned to Christ and hundreds of new churches have been planted.

Tens of thousands of letters are received from listeners who accept Christ through radio and TV broadcasts in Russia, Ukraine and many other countries of the Former USSR. Hundreds of new churches have been planted as a result.

Christian Aid provides expenses for Slavik’s radio and television broadcasts that reach audiences of up to 100 million. He often receives more than 5000 letters per week from listeners asking for Bibles and literature. And while he travels from country to country he contacts and evaluates indigenous ministries to determine which should receive financial help from Christian Aid. Every part of the former USSR is thus being reached, including the Islamic countries of Central Asia and remotest regions of northern Siberia.

In one village two missionaries were severely beaten by anti-Christians. They accused them of transforming the lives of the tribal people in their area. The anti-Christian and anti-social elements want the tribal people to remain ignorant and enslaved to evil habits. This is because their spiritual and social transformation hinders the oppressors from taking advantage of them.

Since those who attend Slavik’s crusades are mostly non-Christians, he does not collect offerings from them. Christian Aid has a goal of receiving donations to cover the costs of Slavik’s gospel crusades, broadcasting ministry, personal support and travel expenses. Please pray about sending a special missionary offering for him. Use gift code 099SLR.