If you'd like to know
a little about how Christ has blessed us with opportunities to serve
Him, you can read about our start, our
church planting, our planting of a
Crisis Pregnancy Center and
more church planting.
We were working with
the Youth at
Calvary Temple Church in Terre
when we felt that God was calling us into full time missionary work.
After talking it over with our pastor we came into agreement that we
would serve as missionaries to Russia. <back>
We sold almost all
of our possessions at public auction and departed for Russia in 1997.
We arrived in Syzran, Russia and started working to start a church (it
was a re-birth) as at one time there was a church but it had not
functioned for quite a while. That early church "Rock of Salvation" was
a good experience for us. I wish I could say that all was just
wonderful but that would be less than honest. God grew us through those
early challenges. We were able to bring together a body of believers
and we bought a building that we then remodeled into a church. Today
that church still stands with its own pastor. <back>
Crisis Pregnancy Center
During our time with
our first Church God placed on our hearts the need for us to reach out
to our city in the form of a
Crisis Pregnancy Center. The Center of Life was formed. We were able
with the help of our dear friends and sponsors to buy a property in a
good location and remodel an old house into a modern building that
stands out as a shining light to our city.
In 2004 we had at
least 10 babies born that would not have been if we had not been there.
We averaged about 15 visits a month by women seeking help. We expanded
our Center to also take care of material needs for mothers as a lot of
the reasons that women in Russia seek abortion are because they do not
have the resources to take care of the babies.
We also have given
aide and medicine, diapers, formula and other material helps to a
special hospital that takes care of abandoned babies. In November and
December we have worked with an organization that helps mothers and
children in our city. We have served well over 225 women and children
though our center this year alone. This was all done while finishing
This year we already
have plans to put in a phone and a bathroom (already done except for the
pluming) to make this center one of a kind. We have had people from 4
other cities come to us and ask to see how we operated. We have given
them information and offered help for them to start their own centers.
Our Center has been operating for since 2000. <back>
More Church Planting
After "Rock of
Salvation" was settled we felt God leading us to start another church in
a different section of the city here in Syzran. It took over a year and
a half for us to officially register our new Church "Alive Faith" That
is now our current work in progress. We are training a pastor to take
over this work now. <back>
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