March 4 2016
note: This month, we will feature the ministry of Moscow Evangelical Christian
Seminary (MECS). OMS began work in Russia in 1993, sending short-term teams
with CoMission. OMS inaugurated MECS in September 1993.
students of MECS are special … and are becoming the leaders of the church and
the nation. Look for testimonies of the students in the coming weeks...
The students of the Moscow
Seminary take Jesus’ charge, “You are My friends if you do what I command you”
(John 15:14) literally.
Bible teaches, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is
this: to look after orphans in their distress” (James 1:27). And so,
not only do our students and graduates reach out to orphans with the Gospel in state
orphanages, but they also get kids out of orphanages by adopting orphans into
their own families.
appeals, “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you
gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in”
(Matthew 25:35). And so, not only do our students preach the Gospel to the
homeless, but they also feed them.
are 234 student-ministers studying at the seminary “to prove themselves doers
of the word, and not merely hearers” (James 1:22). They need your help to
continue. Click here to donate online or you can make your check payable to One
Mission Society, P.O. Box 1648, Monument CO 80132-1648, account #301710.
By Sasha Tsutserov, Director
of Moscow Evangelical Christian Seminary in Russia
July 3 2013
Hello from India!
Since arriving here a week ago it has been a whirlwind of ministry and travel. It is hard to put into words the uniqueness of this nation that God has called me to serve. It is at the same time exhilarating, exasperating and exhausting! The heat has been well over 100 degrees. The blessings come in abundance, but the challenges show up alongside them! I am burdened by the human suffering all around me in the midst of what has become to me a familiar chaos. Yesterday I spent time with a leper lady without fingers and toes who is homeless and wanders around with her cane hoping for mercy and help to stay alive.
In the same village, a truck driver named Pencalakumar sat on his cot outside his home, unable to move because his leg was maimed in a horrific accident last year. The sober reality of his new limitations was written plainly across his face. After listening and then sharing the story of my son Wade, I shared the story of God’s Son who lovingly suffered and died to forgive our sins. Finally, I had the joy of praying with him to receive Jesus!
Some of you know that Pastor Greg DiMeolo from Ohio is traveling with me. His companionship is a great encouragement to me. As Ecclesiastes 4:9 says, “Two are better than one, because there is a good return for their work.” After returning late last night on a bus to Chennai, we took 2 flights to get to Calcutta early this morning.
This afternoon we drove 2 hours each way to a village in order to train 20 people in a house church. When we arrived, I had to fight back the tears. What a holy privilege to encourage and train these precious followers of Christ to reach into new villages with the Gospel. Tonight, like every night, I am weary. Nevertheless, I am thankful for Greg and for you who pray. Please ask God for a healing touch upon my stomach which has been in rebellion the past 2 days!
Thanks, Roger. (the next post is an entry I made 2 days ago)