Russian Initiative draws Mississippians


Six Mississippians who have been active in the mission work in Russia attended the 14th Russia Initiative Consultation in San Diego in early March. Mississippi Conference people have consistently been steadfast supporters of the Initiative’s church building effort and many have been to Russia on working teams.

Some 116 United Methodist congregations led by Russian pastors are now spread within the countries of Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus, said Bishop Hans Växby, the bishop of the United Methodist Episcopal area of Eurasia.

Representatives of the General Board of Discipleship reported that recently the Upper Room and The Walk to Emmaus was introduced into the Eurasian area. The Upper Room is published in Russian and the writers are Russian. The first Walk to Emmaus was last year and more are being planned.

The Initiative started in 1991 as humanitarian aid to the Russian people and connections made were later translated into a program for developing churches.

For information on how you can be involved contact Jim Athearn, coordinator, The Russia Initiative at or 540-662-0334.