Sasha Tsutserov, Principal of the Moscow Seminary writes,
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ at One Mission Society United Kingdom, Greetings to you from Moscow!
Please, allow me to introduce Igor Belebeha, our new scholarship student.
Igor Belebeha’s first career was Lt. Col. Neurology doctor with the Navy. Igor accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in 1990, and in 2001 the Lord called him into ministry. At first Igor served as a pastor in Severomorks (Russian naval base above the Polar Circle … half a year day, half a year night). And then the Lord called Igor to church planting.
Igor, together with his wife and 8 (!) kids, moved to Obninsk – a 100,000 inhabitant city located 75 miles SW from Moscow. The Resurrection of Christ church plant started with two families and quickly grew to a regular 80 in attendance (and up to 180 at Christmas and Easter).
Igor wanted more people to come to Christ, though, but felt he lacked training for ministry, and so Igor got himself enrolled at the Moscow Seminary! Igor studied at the seminary for a year and loved it so much that he encouraged 11 (!) more of his church’s leaders to study at the seminary as well (as Igor puts it, “for everybody to be ‘on the same page,’ to be equally yoked, ‘equally called by God and trained by the seminary’ – for ministry”).
Igor and his 11 church leaders all diligently study at the seminary (with the emphasis on church growth and multiplication) while literally following Jesus’ charge, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20).
It is due to you giving that student-ministers, like Igor, have a chance to study at the Moscow Seminary on a scholarship. And for this, I praise God and thank you, brothers and sisters in Christ at One Mission Society United Kingdom!
To support the training of ministers at the Moscow Seminary, you can donate online here, or send a cheque, payable to `One Mission Society’, to the Belfast Office, and marked Project 301710 Moscow Seminary.