Friday, February 27, 2009


We've been taking some downtime to spend time at home with family and friends. As much fun as traveling can be it is a lot of work and it can wear you out. Marc is in the states at a conference and Tim and I are relaxing in Moscow.

We will be making a trip to Bryansk in the next week or so, we are still working on the details for this trip. It looks like we will be able to join a church there for their first baptism. This will be an exciting time of rejoicing with our Russian brothers and sisters.

We will pass along more info regarding this trip over the course of the week.

Thanks again for your continued support and prayers.


Thursday, February 19, 2009

God At Work in Murmansk

God is doing some cool stuff with the VSC team in Murmansk.
Follow their trip at

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Today we joined a group of American missions volunteers in Murmansk, Russia to help them kick off a week of English ministry. The team of 5, lead by Tim Wishon, is partnering with a local church here in Murmansk to teach English this week. They are praying that through the English classes this week they would be able to engage the participants in spiritual conversations.

Tonight was the kick-off and registration for the week of classes. When they have done this in the past they have seen young adults turnouts of about 60 people or so. That was the plan for today but we were all surprised as more than 100 people came to the registration.

It was truly amazing to see the room full of people, some even standing as we had run out of chairs. Tim explained the outline of the week and openly shared about his faith. There will be a time on Friday where they will share the gospel with those in attendance.

The group is young and diverse. It was great to see a lot of the young people we had met at the church this morning had come out to the registration, even tonight these young adults were engaging their peers in spiritual conversations.

Please join us in prayer for the classes that will take place this week. Pray that there would be spiritual conversations that come up, that there would be understanding in the hearts and minds of those who are in attendance. Pray that God would continue to provide the ability for Tim and his team to meet with these young adults and to share the love of our Lord and Savior with them.

Friday, February 13, 2009

The Great White North

Marc, Jimmy and Tim head to the largest city north of the Arctic Circle.
Can you guess where that is?
We will be following and documenting the work of another one of our stateside partners.
Tim W has been working and ministering in Russia on vol. trips for 8-10 years now.
A couple of years ago, he took on the role of VSC or Virtual Strategy Coordinator of this city where we have no IMB personnel.
Follow our journey here, on Facebook (Engage Russia page), at - or on Twitter (again Engage Russia). There seems to be a theme here!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Great time in Udmurtia

God is at work . . .
Sunday saw even more evidence of His loving hand reaching down and touching the Udmurt with His love.

Sunday morning the Engage Russia team and the Udmurt VSC Team split up and spoke in three different churches. Relationships were built and/or developed, new contacts were made, the Gospel was preached and the church was strengthened.

Sunday evening the Jesus Film was shown in a small Udmurt village an hour or so outside of the capital. There was rejoicing in heaven as at least one person gave his life to Christ (man holding song book above).

The Lord has been working through the partnership between the White River Baptist Association in North Arkansas and the churches in Udmurtia for more than 3 years now.
Jack Gilliland, a retired high school art teacher, has been leading the partnership, organizing volunteer teams, strategizing with national partners, planning events, and personally sharing the Good News every step of the way.

Pray for Jack, and stateside partners like him, as he continues to respond to the call to Engage Russia.

If you would like to know more about how you can partner with us in reaching a new city or people group where we have no IMB personnel, contact us at

Tim for Engage Russia