Spreading the Gospel Near the Top of the World

August 21, 2012

In May Slavik Radchuk visited the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District in northern Siberia. Scattered around the region are 1.5 million people. Conditions in this region are brutal, most people live in yurts and in the wintertime temperatures can reach to -60 degrees below Celsius. Primarily people earn a living through hunting and fishing. Many people are heavy drinkers, and due to harsh living conditions the majority of the population does not reach age 50.

Slavik visited Nizhnevartovsk, the second largest city in Khanty-Mansi and located along the river Ob, where he was warmly welcomed by the local congregation. There are over 30 churches in the Khanty-Mansi region, each of them operated by local indigenous leaders. Slavik reports that the church members are very hospitable.

Even though there has been remarkable progress in this area since the fall of the Soviet Union, much more work remains to be done. Please continue to support the ministry of Slavik and indigenous ministries throughout the former Soviet Union.