You know the Word of God has the same effect on the soul of man as the rain and snow have on the earth. Only the Word of God has the power to revive and to provide food for the hungry soul. And only those who have been fed by the Word of God are able to feed others. Jesus said in John 4:13-14: “The water I give them will spring up a well of water bringing everlasting life.” Paul said in 1 Corinthians 3:6: “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.”
Twenty years ago when I came to Russia for the first time, I came because I believed then and still do today, that when I eat the Word of God then I wanted to feed others that Word. The more of the Word I eat, the more I want to feed it to others. And I believe that is why God sent us here and gave us a building for a church. We have a bible study every Wednesday night and a church service every Sunday morning in the Russian language. We have lots of room for the clothes and food that we get for the rehab ministry. But the rest of the time the building sets empty. God gave us this building so we could feed His sheep.
The church has been growing slowly, but it is growing. We have at different times had Finnish people come, but they could not understand because we were speaking in Russian. The Lord has laid it on our hearts to start a Finnish language service. We have been getting Bibles and songbooks in Finnish, and in two weeks we will have our first Finnish language service at 3:00 pm on Sunday. God has provided everything we need.
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In October, we had the Dedication Service for the church building. There were seven Finnish Baptist churches that came and seven Russian Baptist churches that came from Russia. It was an all day service with Russian choirs and a Finnish choir. Over 100 people were there. At that service, we also ordained Alexander Volkov (or Sasha as we call him) as deacon.
Sasha speaks Russian, English, Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish. He interprets for us into Russian. He said it is his gift that God gave to him and he wants to use it as his ministry. He wants to interpret for the Finnish service. See God has already provided a translator for us even before we made plans to have a Finnish service.
Also, in two weeks, we will start one day a week having an open house where people can come have free coffee, some cake and fellowship. There are many people walking by us every day going to the grocery store or drug store. We want to invite them in and give them a cup of coffee or tea. This way, we can talk to them about God, give them a Bible or tract. We want to take what God has provided, like the building, and use it to reach people with His Word.
I told you we now have permission to have a drug and alcohol rehab center in the church building. It has been a long process, but we now have everything in place and have begun to get phone calls from people who want help with their addiction. Soon we will have our fist men in the rehab center here in Finland. This is another way God has provided for us to use the building to feed the Word of God to others.
My sister (Jennifer) and her husband (Greg) have moved here to help. And a great help they are. Jennifer is helping teach the children in Sunday School and also helping Sue with the Bible study for women here in Imatra.
Greg is now teaching the Wednesday night Bible study, making it easier for me to teach the Tuesday night Bible study here in Imatra and preaching on Sunday. He is just 61 years old, so he also gets to do the physical work like shoveling snow off the driveway.
We all believe that if we plant the seed of God’s Word in the hearts of the men and women He has given us, one day they will plant more seed in others and that will reach many here in Finland and in Russia.
Praise the Lord! “So shall My Word be that goes forth from My Mouth; it shall not return to Me void. And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
Unfortunately, we did not meet our deadline for paying off the loan on the church building. We had raised $5,000 of the $10,000. We had to borrow the remaining $5,000 from another source to pay off the balance on the loan. Now we only owe $3,000. The Swedish ministry that brings food and clothes for the rehab ministry has provided a way for us to raise the remaining money. So we are thankful for that.
It’s been great having Jennifer and Greg here. With their help, we bought toiletry kits for the men and women in the rehab centers in Russia. We were able to give them out for Christmas. As Travis mentioned, Jennifer is helping with the children in Sunday school and in the women’s Bible study in Imatra. Actually, they are helping in every aspect of our ministry, as well as helping us out personally with some physical work (shoveling snow, vacuuming on occasion, etc.)
You are all a big help to us by praying and supporting us! Thank you!
Travis and Sue
“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth. And make it bring forth and bud that is may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, So shall My Word be that goes forth from My Mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please. And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
Welcome to the Russian-Finnish Report!
Our hope is that as you navigate these pages, you will share in the ministry with us.
Below is our
Dedication Service at the church
Sasha being ordained along with his wife
Bus from Sweden that brings food and clothes for Rehab Centers.
Some of the pastors and deacons at the Dedication Service.
Jennifer and Sue shopping for toiletry kits.
Some of the women in the rehab center receiving the toiletry kits.