Today marks the final day of celebrations for Eastern Orthodox Christmas. MNN has reported that many believers in Russia and other Slavic countries use this time for evangelism.
In fact, several Slavic Gospel Association partners have been reaching people in the Russian Far East with the news of Jesus. Eric Mock says, “We had a prayer alert for a team that was heading out to an orphanage. Their car slid off the road and got stuck. And it was 40 degrees below zero outside. Some local believers had to come and bring them to their home.”
Wooly mammoths once roamed this land, and as the permafrost gradually thaws, many have been found with meals still in their stomachs. In fact, many people have begun harvesting the tusks of these long-dead creatures. Read more here.
But extreme cold isn’t the only obstacle in these regions. Mock says many inhabitants live in very remote areas. “Far East Russia, landmass wise, is about the size of the United States with only about 5% of the population. So there are these vast geographic areas, and to the North is a landmass the size of India, which is known as Yakutia. So when we are up there teaching and training, we’re talking to the ethnic people, the Sakha people. There are five or six different groups of them.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Ask God to strengthen Christians ministering in the Russian Far East.
- Pray the Gospel will break the chains of these ancient pagan religions.