The work of the Lord in RUSSIA


Spring 2020
Written by Dave Richards - RUSSIA
d09w58ri@telus.net


Some of the saints in Volchansk, Russia

Jesse Fitch of Council Bluffs commenced the work of the Lord in Russia, in which brethren from North America have been involved since 1991. As a result of an invitation, he visited Tobolsk in Siberia. Since then, some brethren from North America and the UK have been involved in the work in Russia. Some of these have since gone home to glory, others have been prevented by sickness, and yet others are now engaged in the work in Ukraine. The only ones that I know of presently spending time in Russia are Jesse Fitch, Sabrina Booth, and to a lesser degree, myself.

There are two assemblies in St. Petersburg, and one each in Severouralsk and Volchansk in the Ural Mountains region (although presently these are meeting together as a result of problems). One in Kaskara, near Tyumen in southern Siberia, one in Tobolsk in central Siberia and one in Surgut in Northern Siberia.

Jesse Fitch works mostly with the assemblies in Siberia, and Sabrina works in St. Petersburg. I have been going to Russia since 1997. I was first invited to go with George Osachoff to Surgut. Then in 1998, I had two trips to Russia with Louis Smith (now with the Lord). We traveled to the Ural Mountains and later to Siberia (Kaskara and Surgut). Then for five years, I worked in Yekaterinburg, sometimes spending about nine months in the area. Elizabeth was with me for the last four of those years.

In November 2004, Elizabeth and I moved from Yekaterinburg to St. Petersburg, where we worked for three years. Sabrina Booth arrived at the beginning of 2005, commended by the assembly in Arnstein ON. I commenced teaching meetings with the saints in the larger of the two assemblies and quickly got involved in work with "Street Kids," both in the city and for a while in a village called Fyodorovskoye. Since 2008, as a result of a change of law in Russia,and spinal problems (now history) I have only been able to spend short periods in the country, by law, a maximum of 90 days in and 90 out of the country. Elizabeth no longer comes with me. My work consists of preaching the gospel on Lord's Days, working with Sabrina in her English classes on Mondays, teaching the saints on Wednesdays, and whatever other opportunities arise. Generally, one of the brethren interprets for me. For a few years, I was able to return to the Ural Mountains for a couple of weeks at a time. But that door, at least for the present, is closed. I usually travel to Russia twice a year for about six weeks at a time. I will not be able to go this Spring as I am awaiting knee surgery. But I plan to return, God willing, probably in October.

Sabrina keeps herself very busy. She has a Sunday School class, visits an orphanage, and has numerous English classes for children and adults. The Bible forms the basis of her teaching. She has seen a number saved, at least two of which are presently in the assembly. She is a very dedicated worker. She now has a residency in Russia. I don't know of any other worker who has ever had this.

Spring 2020
Written by Dave Richards - RUSSIA
d09w58ri@telus.net