Ministry to Russia
Russia Closing the
Door on Missions?
What is happening in
Russia? This question deeply worries both Russia’s Churches and mission
organizations alike. Recent events suggest an organized campaign to
halt all evangelistic activity in Russia. Contrary to the hopes of
millions of Russian Christians and the international community Russia
is reverting back to tactics once practiced by the Soviet Union. In
August 2001 David Wilkerson warned that Churches in Russia would face
hard times and that restrictions were on the way. This prophecy is
Following the collapse of the Soviet Union churches in Russia were
allowed to hold outdoor meetings, use stadiums, movie theatres and
other public buildings for their evangelistic purposes. Schools,
hospitals and prisons were open. It was possible to hold religious
services for those in the military. Christian publishers sprouted up
across Russia. State TV and radio were open to quality Christian
After 70 years of oppression Russia breathed freely. The suffering was
over for Christians in Russia. It was hoped that difficult times were
Today public opinion is being carefully manipulated against the
non-Orthodox community. Churches have been have been denied access to
major state television and radio media. A massive slander campaign has
been mounted in the mainstream press against protestant Christians.
Believers are not allowed to comment or refute these accusations.
Churches are being been denied access to public buildings and
government facilities for worship. Protestants are being denied
participation in social life, including administration of humanitarian
aid. Churches can no longer minister in schools, hospitals or the
military. Leasing of stadiums for large public events is impossible.
Though the situation continues to deteriorate all is not lost yet.
IRR/TV continues to support outreach in Russia through the mega city
campaigns that are tied closely to the local church in Russia. We can
still act and we must move as fast as possible. Call or write IRR/TV
for your free monthly Russia & Asia Report to learn more.
From its inception, IRR/TV's
main focus has been on Russia, the CIS countries and the former Soviet
Union. From 1980 Hannu and Laura Haukka have pioneered the Russian
radio and television ministries of IRR/TV.
Together with the ACB of Russia, IRR/TV conducts an annual national
missions conference focusing on media to train, equip, envision, and
vitalize the faith of media ministers across Russia and the CIS.
IRR/TV has founded a Christian school of broadcast where students are
trained in the skills of Radio and Television—see media school.
Today a new strategy for proclaiming the gospel has evolved. IRR/TV is
actively engaged in reaching Russia ’s largest cities in a way never
before seen in Russia. The “Mega-City Campaign” program is an effort
requiring the full cooperation of all evangelical churches in each city.
Mega-City Campaigns in
- hundreds of volunteer workers from most local churches of various
daily radio broadcasts
live TV at prime-time in evenings
ads on the sides of city buses
ads in largest daily newspapers
tens of thousands of “Power To Change” campaign books distributed in each city. The
book is a tailor-made testimonial to changed lives. Included
first steps of salvation.
call-center operating 24/7 receives thousands of telephone calls from
local press picks up story and headlines it often
a special Experience The Power To
Change website is created for
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