Since we got to Russia a little less than 2 weeks ago, we’ve worked out of the Youth With A Mission base here in Moscow. YWAM is amazing that way. We have this family all over the world. If you are a “YWAMer”, you know what I mean. And what that means is that you’ve at least done a Discipleship Training School in some place at some time. You have an open door in virtually every country in the world.
Funny thing is that in the whole of Russia, there are only about 70 staff working with YWAM. The base we were sent from in Montana has at least 100… and that’s just one of many in the US.
In Russia, the harvest is ripe and there are villages all over in the north of Siberia that are “unreached” just like there are villages in the 1040 window. Russia just isn’t one of the places you hear about as much.
The base here works out of a rented house (it’s actually a great place in a north suburb) and the cost of living in Moscow isn’t cheap. It costs over $3000/month so they’re working to build a place of equivalent size at a lesser cost right around the corner. One of the reasons people don’t send teams here is the hassle and cost of visas and living. Bringing a team here is at least twice as expensive as bringing a team to a place like Thailand. So if they can get the cost of housing down, it will attract teams and teams are what get the work done and are what get people looking at Russia as a place to send workers to spread the gospel and make disciples. Please pray for YWAM here in Russia that people will come and work here.
What an awesome group of young people working here. It’s been amazing teaching in the school this week and we’re grateful they let us store our stuff here while galavanted down south over the weekend. Thank you guys!
Tomorrow night, we’ll ride a train for 20 hours to a place in south Russia called Rostov-on-Don. We have some great contacts there and I’m looking forward to seeing all that God has in store!