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Christians Reach Out to University Students

May 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Monthly Articles, World News


Christians in Tyumen, Russia have found a creative way to reach out to students in the English program at a nearby university. They are setting up an English library full of Christian books and materials.

“As the unsaved students come in to engage people who are native English speakers, get books so that they can work on their English language, and take out CDs and DVDs so they can hear the language spoke– every time they come in, they’re going to be building relationships with somebody that has far more interest in spiritual things than in language,” explained John Lowrey of Christian Resources International.

Lowrey and a team from CRI are bringing a much-needed supply of literature to supplement the library’s limited resources. They will finish setting up the library, attend church services, and engage Russian students in conversations about spiritual things.

“We’ll be doing a lot of the discussion groups with students who are reading these Christian books,” Lowrey said. “They come back with questions, and we’ll be able to address them in English and then talk to them from our hearts about what they’re learning.”

Missionaries have observed that the young generation of Russian Christians is fired up to share the Gospel boldly. Lowrey said he believes the Lord used godly Russian grandmothers to pass on their faith.

“As I travel the country and talk to folks that may not have been Christians as children, many of them will have some kind of story or testimony about a faithful Grandma who may have had her Bible taken away from her physically, but she still had it in her heart and still taught that to her grandchildren,” said Lowrey. “So even in the worst of times in Russia, the Gospel was still there, and God was still at work preparing a generation for when this door would open.”

No one knows what the future will hold, but the door for the evangelism may not remain open. Lowrey is confident, however, that God will continue to work. Perhaps it will be through “an energized younger generation with a real heart for the Gospel and a desire to share it. It may not be too long before they’re going to have to, because all the foreign mission organizations will be gone, and they’ll be left to stand for the Lord on their own. And maybe that will be the very best thing.”

Lowrey asks for prayer for the team as it must go through customs more than once. The Russian authorities may not look favorably on such a large influx of Christian literature.

Christians can also pray for the university students in Tyumen. “Be praying that they would have the desire to read those books, and that the right questions would come to their minds, and they would…be willing to listen and really hear the biblical answers to the questions of life.”

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