Church buildings are a tool for the body of Christ to use for ministry in their local community. It’s incredible to hear reports from the field of all the different ways that local churches are meeting the needs of the people around them. In this field post from the Siberian region of Russia (think really cold), we heard about a church in an industrial Russian city plagued by pollution, addiction, and a growing orphan problem. Pray with us that many would find hope and comfort in Jesus Christ through the love and grace of the local church.
From our Field Director in Eastern Europe:
As our car descended into the valley of Novokuznetsk, the scene before me took me back to The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Smoke and smog poured from the vast industrial factories back into the city of 700,000. The acrid smell and darkness made our entry seem quite foreboding.
Fortunately for us, we found our way to the First Church of Novokuznetsk. The church had been under construction for over 10 years, and they were struggling to complete it after the financial recession. ICM helped to finish the church, and it was recently dedicated. The church runs several addiction rehab centers and has developed a unique ministry to the unbelieving families of adopted children, with seminars and counseling.
The Church, the body of Christ, is working diligently in this place to lead people out of permanent darkness and into the light of our Lord—as they await the return of the King!
Thank you for partnering with us to establish God’s Church in dark places!