Please, rejoice with me: the Ministry of Education of Russia has issued the Moscow Seminary a federal license to train Christian ministers and religious personnel for the church! It’s hard to express the true meaning of this event in words. This is breathtaking. I was born and raised in the Soviet Union. In those years, if somebody would have told me – a KGB agent and a Communist Party member atheist – that I would have been training Christian ministers at a State licensed Seminary I would have died laughing. And look who’s laughing now! For this federal license allows us to finally legalize all the programs the Seminary has been previously conducting “under cover.” By the way, I am humbly proud of the fact that even though I know the minister of education personally (I play golf with him regularly 🙂 I have never asked the minister for a favor (even though I was often tempted). Now, if the Iron Curtain comes back I probably will 🙂
With the license in hand, the Seminary went ahead full speed and launched several specialized programs, among them:
Director of Christian Camp, Director of Rehabilitation (Alcohol/Drugs) Center, School of Preaching (for pastors), and Bible School (for laity)
Alcohol & Drug Abuse has become a national disaster in Russia. The official statistics recognize that an average Russian (including infants) consumes an equivalent of 36 pints of whiskey a year (this is yet without factoring in the consumption of homemade products like moon-shine). Vodka costs less than soda and is readily available to minors. Almost half of all deaths in working age men (15—54) in a typical Russian city may be accounted for by hazardous drinking. And, as Russia is situated at the crossroads of the drug traffic (going east-to-west and south-to-north) then Russia naturally gets the major bulk of drugs as well. According to the UN, in the World Cup of drug consumption, Russia takes the bronze medal (after Iran and Afghanistan) with at least 2,500,000 drug users and 30,000 drug-related deaths a year. The effects on family life and society are staggering. To meet the challenge, the Seminary has launched the Director of Rehabilitation (Alcohol/Drugs) Center program.
Outreach to youth repays a hundredfold in souls being saved. Some say that 80% of converts accept Christ while teenagers. Others estimate that more kids accept Christ in one trip to a Christian Camp than in one year of attending Sunday School. To this end, in addition to the already fruitful Youth Ministry program, this year the Seminary intends to accept 9—24 Christian Camp directors to train (with intentions to train all 151 of them eventually).
Preaching produces conversion, as it is written, “How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” (Romans 10:14). But then converts should be able to defend their faith and live a godly life. These goals our newly established School of Preaching and Bible School should accomplish.
Accomplishing the tasks described above takes team work. We are excited to be on the same—Jesus’ team—with you! Please, pray for us and support training ministers at the Seminary. To donate on-line, please, go to www.onemissionsociety.org/waystogive/donatenow and use “301710 Moscow Seminary” designation in the Description line of the site. Alternatively, make a cheque payable to OMS, put “301710 Moscow Seminary” remark in the memo line of the cheque, and send the cheque to One Mission Society UK, 1 Sandileigh Avenue MANCHESTER M20 3LN United Kingdom (you may also want to sign a Gift Aid certificate as OMS is a registered UK charity 245124). You can also choose to support Director (370410 Sasha Tsutserov) or Dean (370500 Sergey Chervonenko) of the Seminary.