MTS Student – Alexey In His Own Words
Alexey is a preacher, youth leader, librarian in the city of Cherkessk (a city in the south of Russia with a population of about 127 thousand people).
Once, during my second year of study, I was on the bus home to Cherkessk when a troubled man climbed on board. He was dirty, swollen, and smelling foul. I began to pray for him. I felt a prompting to give him a pocket New Testament. All around him people were indignant, pushing him out of the aisle and trying to get him off the bus. But the man behaved meekly and humbly. When he got on board, he seemed to understand that he was a misfit. So, to be sure he would not disturb or contaminate anyone, he kept to himself, ignoring the unpleasantness of the other passengers. His entire demeanor impressed me.
I struggled. Somehow, it felt so untimely. I held back, ashamed to give him the New Testament as the public watched. I knew I should say something, but I didn’t. He left before I could give him the book.
For the remainder of my long journey on the bus, I prayed for him and wept.
I am sharing this because in our learning atmosphere at the seminary we talk with each other and tell stories from our ministry life. It is helpful to review these moments and think about how even failed opportunities can teach us. Before I studied with my friends in the seminary, this man on the bus would not have attracted my attention even for a moment. I would not have considered giving him the Gospel. But I do now.
That will not happen again.
My seminary training also helps bring discipline into my life. Before, I was never disciplined. I lived as I wanted. I ate when I wanted. I did not think about anyone but myself. Study has helped me discipline myself and take responsibility.
Today, the church has encouraged me to be involved in the educational process in our community. Our church library was recently restored and stocked with books. A long time ago, it was destroyed beyond repair. But my wife and I rebuilt it – from scratch.
From time to time, we travel into the city with our young people. We partner with the Gideons to distribute New Testaments and postcards and to greet residents on holidays.
In our own neighborhood in the summer, we go to the park between services almost every Sunday with our young people and families up to 50 years old.
We stay until late talking to people, testifying about the goodness and Good News of God.
(Translated from Russian)
Worship Service in Cherkessk
MTS Students Travel to Komi Republic
Report from MTS –
Students in Mission – in their own words.
The session of the Pastoral Ministry, Theology and Counseling group ended the fourth session last week. The extended time enabled us to communicate with each student. We were very impressed with their ability to interact.
One student from the Komi Republic (1712 km from Moscow), Anton, decided to get a theological education. He wanted an informed understanding of the Word of God. So that he might engage in children’s ministry in his small church in Vilgort, Anton invited Victoria to join us. She is a theological group student with a puppet theater from Moscow central church. They plan to travel to Anton’s home, the Komi Republic, to tell the children about Christ. They developed a program about His birth; it’s lively and fun.
Victoria says that they prayed a lot with their team about going all the way to the Komi Republic. Air tickets are expensive. It is also expensive to transport props. The church does not allocate money for their ministry. So, they prayed. God saw everything! They managed to find work in Moscow and set aside the money for the mission trip to Komi.
Anton organized a team meeting at the airport, arranged to host team members in the homes of members of the local church. He also arranged to visit Christian youth in local orphanages.
In Komi, the team visited four villages. Evangelistic meetings were organized with rural children and with children from orphanages.
These villages are nearly uninhabited. Young people go to the big cities. The elderly live their days in the villages. Some of the townships have only 300 people.
In the evenings it is very dark – no street lights; no entertainment. Many people drink away the hours and use drugs; they may have children and then abandon them.
Anton, a student of the Moscow Theological Seminary along with the pastor and his family worked hard during this last Christmas season to bring a message of purpose and hope.
They brought sweet gifts to many children who live in orphanages, apart from a mother and father.
Watch a full PowerPoint presentation from the trip.
POSTED Apr 24, 2019
MTS Certificates and Facility Improvements
We are happy to report a celebration in Moscow for six students who have successfully completed a three-year course of study.
The MTS Professor, pastor Nikolai Kornilov, presented Certificates of Completion in recognition of the rigorous work, which is all directed toward ministry leadership. The students expressed their deep appreciation to the seminary, the professors and administrators who supported them in the program. The photographs below tell the story; special gifts accompanied the certificates; along with a prayer of dedication.
Several of the graduates expressed interest in continuing in the MTS Bachelor track.
Also, you’ll notice the photographs from our MTS facility which include disability access, which is now complete. It is a result of government inspections. MTS was pleased to comply.
The changes allow a new level of access for people with disabilities including the visually impaired as well as those who require wheelchair access. We now have signage in Braille, special ramps and improved access in our restrooms.
We thank God for our graduates and our improved facilities!
POSTED Apr 14, 2019