In early December Tim McMahon finally made it to Russia (after Covid delays), to take up in person the role of Training & Foreign Development Director at the Eurasian Missionary College in Kazan, Tatarstan. Kazan greeted Tim with -20 temperature, but with a warm welcome from the students and staff team.
He travelled on an annual multiple-entry humanitarian visa that allows him to visit Russia for a maximum of 90 days per trip, for a total of 180 days per year. His first trip will be for the full 90 days, December 2020 to February 2021.
During this time Tim will God willing;
- Review the College budget
- Teach some Bible survey courses
- Commence work on the Development Plan for the College (implementing the recommendations from the ‘Educational Review’ 2019), consulting staff, students, pastors in Tatarstan, and other stakeholders in the development of the plan
- Russian administration-permitting, he will marry his Russian language tutor, Mariam in February!
From March onwards, Tim will continue work on the Development Plan remotely from the UK, as well as teaming up with the founder of the college Insur to run online Inter-Cultural Ministry (ICM) workshops to train leaders of churches and other Christian organisations who want to lead their church or organisation to be more effective at cross-cultural ministry and evangelism, particularly in major cities and other multicultural regions of Britain.
Praise God for:
- The acquisition of a visa that allows Tim to conduct the college development ministry in Russia
- Tim and Insur being able to team up again and train church leaders in both Russia and the UK
- 2 Central Asian students who have been studying remotely being able to, from January, join the rest of the students already physically studying at the College this year
- Tim to work well with the Eurasian College Director and the college staff as they review the College’s ministry and begin planning for the future
- Tim and Mariam, that they will have patience and wisdom as they negotiate the administration required to marry in Russia and then commence applications for long-term spouse visas in their respective countries
- Tim & Insur as they finalise content for their online intercultural ministry training workshops to commence in February