There are various mission opportunities which MBL advances, primarily in Moscow and deep into Russia as God makes provision. We offer many ways for children and families to come to know the Bible story, Biblical principles, and the Living Word, Jesus. We work with chrches and with leaders to address the needs of people, including the following (please note that due to personal security and respect for privacy, specific locations are not named, neither are individual missionaries or participants. Futher, these are examples of the types and scope of the MBL projects, and may not be exact descriptions of the event or programs we provide.
Event: Christmas/Epiphany programs such as a Bible-based drama theater performance, for children with physical disabilities, in a town near Moscow.
Anecdote: After the performance and games children from this church told their guests about their Sunday School and invited them to join it. A woman whose boy has walking problems came up to us after the program with eyes full of tears and said she had not seen her boy so happy for a long time. In about a month we received a phone call from a pastor of the church who said that this woman started to bring her boy to their Sunday school.
Event: Christmas program for children from families facing life problems, held in a conference hall rented from a hotel in a town near Moscow. About fifty guests visited the program.
Anecdote: A manager of the hotel was suspicious thinking that we were a sect; but after watching the program he asked us to lead the same program for children of the hotel employees. Thus about 90 children and their families heard the Good News about Jesus and received gifts.
Event: Mission to Smolensk (five hours by train to the west of Moscow) to meet with a Baptist bishop and a woman who is in charge of women's ministry.
Anecdote: Discussion of our future cooperation in providing programs for women and we shared our curricula:
- Our third edition of the curriculum "From Hurting to Healing"
- Our second edition of the curriculum "The Unchanging Values for the Changing World"
Also, our goal was to make professional videos in a studio in Smolensk, which is less expensive than in Moscow. The two cameramen who helped us used to work for a Christian TV channel. We were able to record six 10-minute programs for our Russian website.
PREPARED AND CONDUCTED:
- Workshops for women groups which have become regular at the church for ethnic Koreans in Moscow
- Meetings for women in leadership from different churches in Dmitrov.
- Workshop for couples in Christian Marriage and Communication in Moscow.
- To famiies and couples with various problems such as divorce, home abuse, and parenting.
PROVIDED SCHOOL RESOURCES
By request of a psychologist of a new school for adoptive parents (in a town near Moscow), we provided the school with our resources: films on adoption produced by the Center and curricula to help families in need.
HIGHLIGHTS AND BLESSINGS
One of the highlights of our ministry was to learn about real positive changes in the lives of the couples we ministered to.
For example: A week after a workshop on family issues, a woman who attended called us and said that relationship in her family started to improve and her husband became more attentive to her needs.
It was also a blessing to hear from a woman who attends our regular workshops in the Korean church. She was invited to celebrate an anniversary of a marriedcouple. When it was her turn to speak and congratulate the couple, she decided to share five aspects of love in marriage which she had learned in the Christian workshop. She was amazed how attentively the people at the celebration listened to her. Many of them later came up to her and wanted to know more.
So she shared the knowledge she gained from the workshops.
Thanks Be To God!