Report on January
Christmas in Russia is normally celebrated on January 7th (only a few Catholics might celebrate it on the 25th December). The date is different because the Russian Orthodox church uses the old ‘Julian’ calendar for religious celebration days. The Orthodox Church also celebrates Advent. But it has fixed dates, starting on 28th November and going to the 6th January, so it’s 40 days long. The official Christmas and New holidays in Russia last from December 31st to January 10th [source: www.whychristmas.com].
The gospel mission college in Kazan makes the most of the evangelistic opportunities on and around the 7th January. The students and staff were involved in;
- Distributing invites – they cooked Plov and provided a free meal
- Preparing 84 gifts for local children
- Visiting a local orphanage, and nursing home – sharing gifts, explaining why they celebrate Christmas etc.
- Visiting poor families
- Street evangelism – reading scripture on the Christmas story
- Traveling to a local village, making a home visit to an old lady
Please do pray that some of the ‘seed that was sown’ will indeed have fallen on good ground, and take root in the hearts of those who heard the great good news of the saviour of the world.
Pray for February
The students have been divided into teams, and this mission practice will be different, in that they have to plan and organise the mission from start to finish in their own teams. They will be responsible for liaising with the host church, and arranging the programme, travel details etc. This gospel mission will take place during late Feb and early March.
This challenge enables the students to identify, test, and develop their spiritual gifts. Also, it provides a valuable team working experience for future ministry.