Former Prisoners Preach in Russia

Feb 22, 2003 03:33 PM EST

Former prisoners now have a huge impact on evangelism and church planting and Russia. Michael Johnson with the Slavic Gospel Association recounted the example of Sasha, a son of a Ukrainian pastor who was evangelized in prison. "Through the ministry of a local Baptist church he got saved and he developed a tremendous passion for evangelism. Once he got out he connected with SGA and was trained in one of our seminaries that we sponsor, and he was eventually sent out into Siberia. He now is the senior pastor in a growing church." Johnson said similar examples permeate all across Russia. "There are many pastors and church planters that are being graduated out of the Bible institutes and seminaries over there, but they simply don't have the resources to be sent out into many of the unreached areas. And, these are areas where people are waiting to hear the Gospel."

By Paulina C.