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Russian youth get involved in ministry

By October 15, 2012

Russia (MNN) — Things are starting to change in the former Soviet Union.

"I think what we're looking at right now is a new type of Russia that didn't exist when the wall went down," said Eric Mock with Slavic Gospel Association.

In Russia, as in America and nations around the world, materialism has quickly taken the throne in believers' hearts. Those hearts have hardened, says Mock, as conveniences and ease of access make believers feel like they don't really need to live like Jesus.

Younger generations hold potential for change as they seek spiritual truth, but they need a little help. That's where SGA comes in.

"There's a lot of people that call themselves Christian but never live a lick of it in their lives," Mock explained. "As a result of that, this younger generation doesn't understand the depth of what it means to be a member of a church, or to believe in salvation by grace through faith."

SGA is helping churches in Russia get their youth engaged and involved in active ministry. Tens of thousands of young people are using their gifts in ministry–planting churches, studying God's Word, and bringing others to Christ.

"It's one thing to say that you're a Christian just sitting in the pew," said Mock. "It's another that you're asked to live your faith out loud."

Last spring, young and old participated in ministry together in Belarus. They worshipped together and glorified the Lord through poetry.

"Along with the youth, there people there over 70 years old," said youth leader Dima Podrez. "Our youth were so encouraged to know that the older ones are praying for them."

$15 a month can help a young adult study the Word of God and share his or her faith on monthly community outreach trips.

"These younger men and women can become life-changers for the sake of the Gospel," stated Mock. "It's a tremendous ministry where we're seeing these youth groups just grow and flourish."

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