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.