The first year of the college course is residential, with at least 8 weeks of mission practice as students are linked up with churches to help and support them in mission outreach. The second year of the course is then spent on mission placement, returning to the college for a couple of weeks of final teaching and counselling at the end of the academic year. What then happens to students, post their graduation?
Here are a couple of examples, in their own words (excuse imperfect English);
“A Sunday service takes place every Sunday in our house. A____ (a graduate of the college in 2014) and A____ (a student from Novosibirsk) come from the city, nephews from neighboring villages, a local mum with a child. We built a farm 30 km from the village. During the year, neighbors, friends, relatives came to help us. We told them before about Christ. And in the process of work we communicated and told our testimonies. Everyone in the village knows that our family is a believer. And everyone sees what changes Jesus creates. Dad stopped drinking, there are no more scandals at home, he was baptized on 01.07.2017.
I worked 2 months as a taxi driver last year and very actively evangelized in the neighboring village of C____, where everyone considers themselves to be Muslims. I am witness to Christ when I meet someone. At work in the bakery Ig ive examples from the Scriptures. A____ my daughter, in the school enters into a discussion with the director at the lesson of social studies. Thank God!
We also have our ups and downs. As a couple we read the Bible and pray. I read the Book of Kingdom with a friend.
Now A____ from Ardon (North Ossetia) is working on the farm. He has been a believer since the age of 13. But at the moment he is not attending church for 2 years. He is divorced and has 2 children. He has a lots of stumbling blocks. We’re praying for him. We explain that there are problems in human heart. There is a brother who for half a year has repented. We read the Word with him. Thank you for your prayer support!”
A____ reports ” Our church is small, basically the ministers are Koreans, we are in turn preparing food in the church, we are worshiping and in turn we pray for the donation, for the Sunday service. I participate in the club Young life, there we work with youth. We build relationships with non-believing youth, play games, arrange contests and talk about our creator.
We recently started a home group for young people. On such groups we prepare food together, and we spend time in discussions, ask questions about God, they do not willingly but gradually open up, and answer.
I work and study English. Sometimes I go to dance. In the winter, we went to Moscow with the youth”.
With some of the students over the years, sadly there are also discouragements. The enemy does not stand idly by, as believers are trained and equipped for mission work. However, to keep us encouraged and praying on, below is a summary of a couple of other students;
- A____ from Tatarstan. My ministry is teenagers in a home group. During the course of the week, I meet with one girl to read the Bible and pray. I’m doing well. I am currently studying by distance learning, linked to the Moscow Faculty of Youth Ministry.
- A____ from Kazakhstan. I am engaged in social assistance. The leader of the ministry on Sunday. I am responsible for the prayerful part of the Sunday ministry. I and B____ (a former college graduate) are leaders of one of the house groups of the church. I’m a driver. A lot of time I spent on the road (at 7:30 in the morning until 7:30 in the evening). Difficulty is time for work. Blessing – we are waiting for the third baby soon.
- J____ from Uzbekistan. I am one of youth leaders in the church. Engaged with youth. Also working. Pray for my health. I only have one eye that sees. There is a threat that I could go blind.