This year we started the Christmas season in a unique way. Instead of our usual celebration - going to a hotel or restaurant packed with believers and decked out with decorations, singing carols, exchanging gifts, and listening to the Christmas stories told year after year - we chose to attend a Christmas party geared toward our Muslim friends in Indonesia.
Lizzy and Billy were preparing to go to Afghanistan as missionaries. Their home church of 100 people in South Carolina loved them very much and were excited to send one of their own, even though they were only able to support them with $50 a month.
The Russian Baptist Union (RBU) is a network of more than two thousand churches spread across the Russian Federation. In October of 2014, the EWI team began offering its ministry training course to the RBU’s denominational leaders in Moscow.
In October 2014, the EWI team held a training conference for Russian national instructors, the first ever of its kind. While planning the event, selection of the city for the training was a matter of some debate. Although many factors attracted us to the city we chose, initially we hesitated, concerned that our host church might be indifferent to the question of ministry to Muslims.