Isaiah 45:21b-22: And there is no other God besides Me, A righteous God and a Savior; There is none except Me. “Turn to Me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth; For I am God, and there is no other.”
Siberia is certainly at the “ends of the earth”; and the passage above is at the very heart of our praying and preaching in that dark place. The missionaries in Siberia, as well as Belarus and Kazakhstan, proclaim one God who is Yahweh – one Savior who is Christ. There truly is no other. Oh that the nations would turn to Him and be saved! The following is intended not just to inform but to encourage and aid you in praying for specific needs in order to make a specific impact for the glory of God!
Russian Translation Work
Over the past few months, HeartCry’s work in Belarus has advanced mainly in the area of translation work. Gospel Reformation, led by HeartCry missionary Slava, has been diligent in their efforts to complete a monumental task: translating the 784 page Systematic Theology by Louis Berkhof into Russian. They finished the translation on May 13. As historic as this accomplishment is for the Russian speaking world, much work must still be done to make the book available. They now have to go back through to edit and prepare the book for printing.
Also, regarding translation work, Gospel Reformation has fully completed Exegetical Fallacies, by D.A. Carson. HeartCry just sent the remainder of the funds necessary to get the initial 1,000 copies printed. This will no doubt be a great help to many Russians in their study of Scripture. In addition, Gospel Reformation is currently translating The Holy Spirit, by Sinclair Ferguson. They are about half way through this 290 page book which is a part of The Contours of Christian Theology which is an eight part series that Gospel Reformation plans to translate fully in the near future.
We are thankful to hear that Paul Washer’s workbooks (translated into Russian late last year) are proving to be fruitful in Belarus and Russia. Slava V. writes: “People are still requesting more of Paul Washer’s books, the One True God and Truth About Man and they are making an impact. Personally, we continue to study The Truth About Man in home groups in our church. The response to the material has been very good. The people are challenged in their thinking but are happy for their minds to be stretched a bit.”
Lord willing, toward the end of June, Nikos Cox and I will travel to Belarus. I will be coordinating a training conference there for 25-30 pastors, and Nikos will be recording all the teaching and gathering media data. We have secured two teachers for the conference: Pastor Jeff Stivason of Pittsburgh, PA and Hector Morrison, president of Highland Theological College in Scotland. The main teaching topic will be the Doctrine of the Trinity. Please pray for this time as it will be a great opportunity for many Russian pastors to grow in their understanding of this crucial doctrine.