Friday, February 27, 2015

Ministry Among Slavic Christian Immigrants in Minnesota

On Saturday, February 22, 2015, I had a great opportunity to minister to Slavic Christian immigrant community in Twin Cities, MN. Two of my former students from the Bible college in Moldova, Madi and Anara, natives of Kazakhstan now residing in the United States, organized a roundtable dedicated to discussion of issues and problems that immigrants from the former USSR are dealing with.

Though hosted by an English-speaking congregation, the forum was attended by Christians representing a number of Slavic evangelical churches in the area. They sought answers to issues common for immigrant communities in America that for a long time have been neglected within Slavic immigrant community.

In my presentation, I addressed most important issues that immigrants are facing in their adaptation to life in America: cultural and language barriers, American-style worship versus Russian style of worship service, etc. One of the pressing issues within post-Soviet immigrant community is the rift in relationship between older and younger generations (Fathers and Sons) and the future of Russian-language worship services in congregations in America. During the discussion, I pointed out the need for a dialogue between generations and urgency to pay attention to needs of young people.

Having knowledge of both North American and Slavic cultures, we at Turlac Mission are providing free-of-charge consulting services to congregations that desire to make a positive change and impact the next generation of Christ followers.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Oleg Turlac Participated in Anti-Trafficking Forum at Samford University

Human trafficking is one of the most profitable businesses in the world. According to some estimates, it brings 140 billion dollars in revenue in Europe only. To combat this plague of the 21st century, Christians in many parts of the world gather together to inform each other and decide how Christian community is to respond to this very complicated form of modern-day slavery.

On February 12, 2015, Dr. Oleg Turlac participated in the “Emancipation Forum” that took place at Beeson Divinity School of Samford University, Turlac’s Alma Mater (located in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.A.). He is 1999 Master of Divinity and 2006 Doctor of Ministry graduate of Beeson. The forum was organized by Samford’s Global Centre and Birmingham-based WMU Foundation.

Together with founder of Birmingham-based the “Well House” Tajuan McCarthy and Professor of Law at Cumberland School of Law at Samford University David Smolin, Oleg Turlac participated in discussion about forms of trafficking and measures, which Christians can undertake to combat prostitution, slave trade and organ harvesting.

During his 25-minute presentation, Oleg Turlac shared about his experiences of working with trafficked women and also about preventive work among teen girls. He cited relational aspect of working with victims of human trafficking and Christian faith component as key ingredients leading to successful ministry. While answering questions, Turlac suggested that it would be of benefit if seminaries and theological schools would introduce a course or perhaps a whole track into counseling programs that they offer to students.

In the evening of Feb. 12, Global Centre held a reception for Oleg and Turlac Mission, which was attended by Beeson faculty and students, friends and supporters of global missions. Turlac had an opportunity to meet Global Centre’s Director Dr. David Parks and discuss with him potential joint mission opportunities.

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