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:
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: