Thousands may hear the Gospel as they receive gifts during the holidays.

By November 13, 2003

Russia (MNN) — Gifts will be the tool used to share the Gospel with children in and around Russia in the next few months.

Slavic Gospel Association’s Michael Johnson says Russian Christians are taking advantage of the advent season. They’re sharing the Gospel during special celebrations. Johnson says the program is called “Immanuel’s Child” and they’re looking for churches to participate. “For $25 you can provide a wrapped gift, humanitarian aid, a Children’s Bible, hygiene items, plus discipleship materials and a child who has never heard the Gospel before will receive those items at Christmas time.”

Johnson says this is the second year for the program. “Last year when we did it over 10,000 unreached children heard the Gospel for the first time. And also, roughly 7,000 family members heard as well. Many of these families now have been followed up throughout the year and many of these children have come to a saving faith in Christ.”

Johnson says their goal is higher this year. He says, “Last year we reached 10,000 and we’d love to double that this year.”

There are Bible preaching churches in less than 10-percent of the towns and villages in the region. Johnson says this is a great way to get the local churches in the region involved in evangelistic outreach. He says, “It lifts the local churches up as lights for the Gospel in their community. It allows them to meet their physical needs, but more importantly the spiritual needs and it truly does provide a sense of relovency for churches in these communities.

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