From Russia to the world
Russian Federation | OM InternationalOn 8 April, the students at OM’s Discipleship Centre, leaders, guests and relatives all gathered in the Russian Baptist Church of Novosibirsk at a sunrise service to celebrate graduation.
The deputy chairman of the Russian Baptist Union in Siberia, Pastor Edward Genrix, opened the celebratory service. He read a text from Genesis 12 and shared the story of Abraham. During the service, each of the 20 graduates shared their impressions of the course and their future plans.
This is the sixth graduation from OM Russia’s Discipleship Centre. In Russia, OM is known as “Promise to the World”, and these graduates have already shown promise in their time at the centre.
Colin Cleaver, co-director of the Discipleship Centre, said, “This group is the largest in the history of the Discipleship Centre. However, despite the increased number of students, this group has been especially close. It is obvious how they have supported each other.”
After a word from the elder pastor of the Novosibirsk region, leaders handed out course certificates to the graduates. This was followed by a time of prayer and blessing for them. For many students, their experiences at the OM Discipleship Centre have been a pivotal season in their lives.
Says graduates Maria and Vladimir: “Studying in OM was a blessing—six months which changed our lives.” However, they stress that it wasn’t just learning or practical work that brought transformation. “The most important part was the relationships and friendships we made. We are pleased God led us to study here,” they continue. “In the future, we plan to serve in the Student Christian Centre and youth club, bringing the gospel to every student.”
Participant Anna also adds, “I studied well and developed the fruit of patience! Please pray that I will now be able to go as a missionary to my favourite country: Japan.”
Pray for all of the graduates of the discipleship programme. Pray they will continue to pursue God’s will for their lives as they transition into new areas and new opportunities for ministry.