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Rich in beauty and culture, Russia is the largest country in the world. Yet the people still face the challenging effects of the past, including economic inequality and political strife.

 

Rich in beauty, history, and culture, Russia is the biggest country in the world, stretching across 11 time zones and many changes in culture and climate. As OMers we count it a huge privilege to live and work in this great country alongside many Russian teammates. After the tremendous social and political upheavals of the twentieth century, Russia is still undergoing a time of change and transformation. The horrors of World War II and seventy years of communism have left an indelible impression on the older generation, while social problems such as alcoholism, drug abuse, a rapidly increasing HIV rate, divorce and a growing contrast between the super-rich and desperately poor are deeply affecting the daily life of Russians today. How to make the Gospel real and Christianity relevant in the middle of all these challenges? This is a big question facing the Russian church and OM today. As OM Russia, we count it a privilege to partner with Russian churches in their lives, projects, and outreaches, supporting them in many varied ways. Nearly half our team is made up of Russians; their fluency in both language and culture is a hugely positive influence on OM’s ministry and effectiveness.

 

Our main ministry goals are:

  • To co-operate with Russian churches and mission groups in discipling and church-planting ministries including leading Bible studies, teaching seminars, outreach and discipleship.
  • Working with children, teenagers, and young people – focusing on the generation which holds the key to Russia’s future.
  • Motivating the Russian church to world mission through prayer, giving, and going. It’s exciting to be involved with the first new generation of Russian missionaries both within the Russian Federation and further afield.

 

OM Russia today consists of a team working in the region of Siberia and also in another area of the country that is largely Muslim.

 

We have a special one or two year Global Action training programme for both non-Russian speakers and Russian Speakers. If you are studying, or have studied, Russian at university or can already speak Russian then why not consider this new programme:

  • 6 months of intensive, residential Biblical and missiological training in Russian, alongside Russian young people (with the option of writing assignments in English).
  • Practical ministry experience as part of the training course.
  • A high emphasis on team work – building close relationships with Russian colleagues and then serving local churches in these teams.
  • After training, the opportunity to continue working in ministry along side the full time OM team.

 

Facts about Russia
Population:
142,320,790 (July 2021 est.)
Language:
Russian (official) 85.7%, Tatar 3.2%, Chechen 1%, other 10.1%
Religion:
Russian Orthodox 15-20%, Muslim 10-15%, other Christian 2%
Economic Overview:
Russia has undergone significant changes since the collapse of the Soviet Union, moving from a centrally planned economy towards a more market-based system. Both economic growth and reform have stalled in recent years, however, and Russia remains a predominantly statist economy with a high concentration of wealth in officials' hands. Economic reforms in the 1990s privatized most industry, with notable exceptions in the energy, transportation, banking, and defense-related sectors. The protection of property rights is still weak, and the state continues to interfere in the free operation of the private sector.
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