Friday, August 30, 2013

Pray for the Upcoming Moldova Mission Trip

On September 13-30, 2013, I (Oleg) will travel to Moldova to do mission work in churches as well as among women and children-at-risk. Two friends from Birmingham, Alabama will join me in ministry during the first week of the trip. Together, we will visit and minister to local missionaries, several house congregations as well as hold a seminar on Christianity, politics and government at the local university.

During the second week, a pastor-friend from Peterborough, Canada will join me in preaching in several Moldavian churches. Together we will visit families with Autistic children and being them tablet PCs and other necessary items for their development. We will also provide food baskets for women-at-risk of human trafficking.

Pray for Fazilyat, a Persecuted Christian in Uzbekistan

30 August 2013 - UZBEKISTAN. Today our ministry received a request from Christians in Uzbekistan to pray for Fazilyat, a Christian woman, whose Muslim husband forced her to leave home because he discovered that she was attending Christian fellowship and praying to Christ. Fazilyat endured extreme beatings now only from her husband but also from other members of her Muslim family. She is constantly forced to deny Christ publicly by local Islamic authorities. Fazilyat is standing firm in face of severe persecution. She says, "Christ is my life. How can I deny my Savior?" Currently, Fazilyat lives in her friend's home. Christians in Gulistan, Uzbekistan are praying for her and helping her as much as they can.

Second Camp for Women-at-risk and Children Held in Orhei, Moldova

During the week of 18 August 2013, together with our Christian partners in Moldova, we held a summer camp for women-at-risk and their children in Orgeev (Orhei), a town located to the Northeast of the capital city of Kishinev (Chisinau), the second one this summer. Once a thriving city, Orgeev, which had a substantial Jewish population in the beginning of the 20th century, now turned to a ghost town with most of the working age men and women gone to seek their fortune in Europe and the Middle East.

The camp took place on the grounds of the local Baptist church and included time of biblical reflection, counselling, crafts and games for children.

Thanks to generosity of our dear friends and supporters from North America, we were able to supply each woman and child with packages of food and hygiene items. Many thanks to all of you, dear friends, for helping reach women-at-risk and children of Moldova!

We Provide Resources to Russian-Speaking Christians

Most of the week of August 25-31, 2013, I (Oleg) spent at the Walter Stewart Library in Toronto, writing Christian materials, mission field updates and reflecting in writing on the processes and developments that Evangelical Christianity in the former USSR goes through.

One of our ministry avenues is writing and publishing resources in Russian language for those that speak the language in the former USSR and for millions that immigrated to North America and other Western countries in the last 25 years. As many of you know, since 2000, I was able to teach in the classrooms in Moldova and other former Soviet countries hundreds of students, who now serve on the mission field in difficult places. They, and other Christians are in need of spiritual nourishment. This is why we are spending countless hours in libraries and at computer, providing theological and ministerial resources to the vast army of Christian workers.

Our Christian Megapolis magazine and Perspectives paper reach vast audiences both in Russia, Moldova and North America.

In 2012, our ministry published a book entitled Understandable Christianity, which talks about Christian faith in Slavic context in simple terms.

By the end of 2013, we plan to publish a book, entitled This Happened in Our Time, in which we will share our experiences of "living in between the times" - the period since the collapse of the USSR (the country, in which we were born) until the present day.

Photo: Oleg Turlac doing research at Walter Stewart Library in Toronto, Canada.

Book Published by the Turlacs in 2012, Featured by Russian Leadership Ministries

Russian Leadership Ministries, which raises support in America for the ministry of Moscow Baptist Theological Seminary, in its newsletter featured the book Understandable Christianity published by our ministry in 2012.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Baptist Church Under Construction Blown Up in Russia

Baptist church building under construction located on Krasnoarmeiskaya Street in Alexeevka, Belgorod Region in Russia was blown up early in the morning on August 8, 2013. Russian police authorities refused to acknowledge that it was an outside attack upon Baptist believers. In Russia, where the majority of the population claims to be Orthodox, Baptists are often treated as a pro-Western sect.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Protestant Summer Camp Raided by Police in Uzbekistan

On 23 July 2013 police raided a Protestant children's camp in Mironkul, Samarkand Region of Uzbekistan. Uzbek police took nice adults and 22 children to the police station for questioning. Two New Testaments in Uzbek language, laptop computers, cell-phones and equipment used for worship were confiscated.

Uzbekistan is a Central Asian country, whose population is 30 million. Uzbek authorities actively persecute minority Evangelical groups of believers.

Full story is available from Forum 18 News Service: