Thursday, November 6
The apostle Paul encouraged Timothy to set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity (1 Tim. 4:12).
The Outreach Foundation has been richly blessed by the example of young Russian Christians who are helping their congregations to reach out in ways that make God’s love real in the lives of others.
At Second Baptist Church in Smolensk, the youth are active volunteers in a variety of outreach ministries, including the congregation’s weekly orphanage ministry and its summer camps. A few years ago, a team of youths headed out into the surrounding area on bicycles during the summer, visiting small villages and towns, where many residents feel isolated and abandoned. The youths served the villagers through lively times of singing and picnics and also helped with home repairs and other tasks.
In Davydovo, a tiny village north of Moscow, young people share in the Russian Orthodox community’s exemplary ministry to special-needs children. During two three-week camping sessions each summer, children come to Davydovo, usually with their mothers, and enter into the Orthodox community’s life and work. Much of the work at the camp, and much of the personal ministry to the children, is carried out by youth from the village or from Moscow. A highlight of the camps is the joyful music led by parish youth studying Russian folk music and dance.
—Rob Weingartner, executive director, The Outreach Foundation
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
Ellen Smith, regional liaison for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Presbyterian World Mission • Berliner Missionswerk: Alan Smith, coordinator of minority outreach, Evangelism and Church Twinning Project, Germany and Russia
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Berry Sosa, FDN
Sara Otoum, PMA
Let us pray
Lord, thank you for the example of young people who find ways to share and show the love of Jesus Christ. Thank you for the leaders who are encouraging them. Bless the congregations in Smolensk and Davydovo as they discover new ways to reach out in Jesus’ name. Amen.