The end of a Chapter:
“Faith In Action” closes its doors in Russia
door on a ministry that has been effective and anointed for sixteen
years has been very difficult. Through God’s grace I have come to the
place to release the vision and burden that He gave me back in 1993.
“Faith in Action” Students and staff in 1994
doing this we recognise the great work that the Lord has done in the
lives of the hundreds of students we have trained, the dozens of
teachers who have given of their time, finances and expertise, the
thousands of believers in Japan, New Zealand, America, and nations
around the world who have prayed and given money (both large and small
amounts) to fund the school for the last 16 years, and the believers in
the church in Russia who have helped with practical assistance and
hospitality. Thank you one and all for your part in what FIA has
accomplished in the lives of Russian believers.
“Faith in Action” Students and staff in 2009
years ago the pastor of the Living God Church (which hosts Faith in
Action) had a moral failure which cost him his ministry and marriage.
At the beginning of last year Pastor Mikhail took over leadership of
the church. Mikhail’s vision does not include a residential-type Bible
School, and we have not seen any new students since he took over.
it is with regret that we finish our commitment to Living God Church in
supporting FIA Bible School. We want to acknowledge the Church’s
previous role without which nothing would have been achieved, and to
bless them as they go forward with their new vision.
Over 50 graduates gathered for the 10 year
Anniversary in 2004
Again we want to say THANK YOU
to you for your prayer, giving and encouragement along the journey.
Without you there would have been no journey: no Bible School, no
students graduated and thrust out into ministry, some churches that
would never have been started, and many Russian believers who wouldn’t
be believers today. May God bless you for your faithfulness.
Yours in Jesus,
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Denis at Faith Bible College in NZ
year we sponsored Denis from Vladivostok to come to NZ to study at
Faith Bible College so that he could return to Russia and take a
leadership role at “Faith in Action”.
These arrangements were made before Pastor Mikhail took over the Living God Church.
the time of writing Denis is graduating after a year at FBC. Now it
appears that there will not be a place for him to return to, we are
looking at some other ministry opportunities for him in Russia. We
believe that if the Lord is closing one door, another door for ministry
will surely open for him. Please pray for Denis, for his future
ministry, and for financial support for him.
While Denis has been
studying general Bible subjects, he has also had experience with
Christian Ministries with the Disabled, and also Children’s Bible
Ministry. These two areas of Christian ministry – with the disabled,
and with children – are not well understood in Russia. So Denis has
some unique and valuable assets in his NZ training which will be vital
for the churches in Russia.
Ministries will continue with support for a variety of mission
projects, and the web site will remain with options for online
donations for Denis’s support or other ministry needs.
whatever part you have played – in giving or prayer – we thank you. You
have journeyed with us and our brothers and sisters in Russia, and our
God sees the fruit and will continue His multiplication through it in
will shortly be returning to Russia. Please continue to pray for him,
and as the Lord leads you, you can contribute to his support by sending
money for him to Faith Ministries:
Faith Ministries, P O Box 12357, Hamilton, NZ 3248