The unique course comprises 16 weeks of lectures, 8 weeks of practical
outreach (in a church or evangelism team), and another 16 weeks of
Their studies combines both class-room
lectures and practical application. Students begin the day with prayer,
and end it with prayer. In the week-ends they are assigned to
outreaches to Hospitals, Childrens' Homes, markets, or to assist the
FAITH IN ACTION began classes on April 4th 1994 with 10 students. They
came from several cities in Siberia, from Sakhalin Island and from the
Vladivostok area. Some had only been Christians for a few months, most
September the next group of 12
students arrived. This meant that from then two class rooms and two
teachers were required. Since then a new group of students has come
every six months.
Over the last eleven years the teachers have come as volunteers, even
paying their own travelling expenses. They were from Japan, America,
New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, England, Finland, India, Ukraine and
Initially there was a
foreign teachers, but in recent years many more Russian pastors and
teachers have stepped up to teach the required courses.
In the beginning FAITH IN ACTION rented space in a holiday complex, but
in 1997 a disused Army Camp became available on the outskirts of
Vladivostok. At first one building was used on the condition that
students patrolled the property and kept it from being vandalised.
In 1999 the buildings became available at auction and were purchased
for US$40,000 which was provided in response to prayer. The land is
under a long term lease.
Many of the buildings are only
the remaining foundations, but can be rebuilt without expensive new
building permits. Some renovation has been done but there is still a
great "potential" available.