USA (MNN) — Thousands of Slavic young people will be gathering for an event that could have a great impact for outreach in the former Soviet Union. But it's not happening where you might think. It's happening in the United States.
Russian Ministries is one of the sponsors. Russian Ministries' President Sergey Rakhuba says, "Working together with the Alliance of Evangelical Christian Baptist Churches of America, we are sponsoring this first Youth Congress that will take place at the end of March 25-27 in Minneapolis."
Rakhuba expects to see more than 3,000 young people from the United States and Canada attend. "Within the last 20 years, there are quite a few Slavic families from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, and other countries of the former Soviet Union, who moved to the United States and Canada. Now, they are of the age when they're ready to do something."
According to Rakhuba, this Youth Congress is expected to be similar to other mission mobilization efforts. He says the most important thing they'd like to see is "that they would bring their talents back and work together with youth in Russia, Ukraine or Moldova to learn how to minister back to their homeland — the land of their fathers."
The Youth Congress is being held at Grace Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, with the final session held at the convention center in downtown Minneapolis.
According to Rakhuba, "This is an opportunity for them to get spiritual motivation when they hear the Word of God from experienced missionaries and pastors; but at the same time, there will be an opportunity to learn about what's there for them, in terms of missions involvement."
Rakhuba is praying that God will motivate many young people to take the Gospel back to their homeland.
He's expecting many Christian colleges and universities to be present at the Youth Congress, which will give the young people options for their training.