Beit Sar Shalom in Russia

Our Moscow Messianic congregation was formed in 1999 at the Feast of Passover. We invited our Jewish friends and relatives, who came for a concert with well-known Messianic composer Nicholas Khaskin from Minsk, Belarus. The concert, which drew over 200 people, was a wonderful blessing. After the music and testimonies, a number of Jewish people received Yeshua as Messiah. We then started weekly Bible study meetings and began to gather for worship services.
The ministry gradually grew, and now there are fifty people in our congregation. We worship together, celebrate the Jewish holidays and grow as one in the joy of the Lord. We have special ministries for the needy, elderly and disabled members of our community.

This year, together with Chosen People Ministries staff members from Australia and Germany, we traveled to Far East Russia, where we were greatly inspired by the openness of the Jewish people there to the Gospel. The local churches of Birobidzhan, Vladivostok, Juzhno-Sahalinsk, Komsomolsk-na-Amure, Blagoveschensk and Magadan actively supported our work in reaching out to the local Jewish community, as well as in establishing new Messianic congregations and ministries.

One of the challenges for the new Messianic congregations is the lack of training in ministering to Jewish people. That is why we decided to offer a seminar for new leaders of Messianic ministries in Russia and the Ukraine this past July in Moscow. We invited Messianic leaders from Chosen People Ministries in Berlin and Düsseldorf and leaders from Chosen People Ministries’ partner, “Celebrate Messiah” in Australia, among other teachers. We are planning another seminar for new Messianic leaders in February 2010.

We now have special classes in our Moscow congregation for learning biblical Hebrew and Jewish tradition, as well as Bible studies. A few months ago, we started a new Aleph course for fifteen Jewish people. One of them is a representative of the Spielberg Foundation in Russia, which collects testimonies of Jewish Holocaust survivors. He told me that he has begun to understand many things more clearly about our faith.

We have seen many encouraging signs of God’s favor in our midst. One such blessing was a Jewish woman named Elena, who received the Lord. Elena had health problems, especially with depression. She was treated at a hospital for many years, but it did not help. However, after her baptism, she experienced healing from this condition. Now she helps in our congregation with those who have similar mental health problems.

We also have a former student of an ultra-Orthodox yeshiva (religious school) in our congregation. Avram [name changed] came to faith in the midst of his studies. Two years ago, he was married in the congregation. Some of his relatives, including his grandmother, attended the ceremony, which was held according to Jewish tradition. That day, people from our congregation witnessed to Avram’s grandmother and she came to faith. Now she attends our congregation together with her grandson.

Our vision is threefold:

  1. Training leaders for successful ministry
  2. Planting new Messianic congregations throughout Russia and Ukraine
  3. Establishing a Messianic Jewish Center in Moscow

We also ask you to pray for us in the following ways:

  • Please pray for Jewish youth and young adults. We have plans to start a new Aleph group for Jewish people aged 30-40.
  • We also need a better facility for celebrations, concerts and other outreach events; pray that the Lord will provide.
  • Next year, in celebration of the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II, we want to hold an outreach concert for Jewish Holocaust survivors. Please pray that we will be able to organize it and that it will bear fruit for the Kingdom.
  • We are also in the early planning stages of a tour to Poland and Germany of various sites important for Jewish life and history. Please pray that the Lord will guide us.
  • Presentation of Chosen People Ministies International in Russia