Christmas gifts blocked by Russia, mission groups asks for help

By December 19, 2005

Russia (MNN) — Russian Ministries has helped distribute more than four million Christmas gifts to children in Russia over the last five years. These gift, which also included a Bible, may not be possible this year thanks to the Russian government.

Vice President of Russian Ministries Sergey Rakhuba says, “This year, after many years of such a bless cooperation with U-S based Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child, this year the Russian government blocked this project simply not allowing us to ship those 400,000 Christmas boxes we wanted to ship to Russia.”

According to Rakhuba, these boxes were the most effective tool in child evangelism that they’ve ever had. “They build relationships. Those boxes help open the doors to families that were not open to Christianity before. Those boxes opened doors to schools, to orphanages, to places where it was impossible to come before.”

However, it did more than open doors. “Thousands of those children who received boxes, they made decisions for Christ. Tens of thousands of children that received those boxes, they came to Sunday school, they came to summer camps where they heard more about Jesus.”

Russian Ministries isn’t giving up. They’re starting their own Russian based program called ‘Box of Hope.’ Rakhuba says, “So we decided to encourage Russian Christians to help to pack these boxes. So, we simply go ahead and buy these gifts in Russia.”

But, they can’t do it without your help. “If we had $50,000 we will be able to pack 5,000 Boxes of Hope and deliver them to orphans, needy children, needy families and remind them of the story of Jesus.”

You can donate on-line by clicking on the links, or by call the number below.

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