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  • Ministry among Muslims in Moscow

    December 5 2017 by IMB staff | with 0 comments
    Ministry among Muslims in Moscow

    Argun* is tough. He and his friend Carlos*, a businessman who moved to Russia to share Christ with Muslims, spend many nights at a martial arts club in Moscow. And when they do, Argun doesn’t lose very often. When he first met Carlos, Argun was very closed to the gospel, even hostile. ...

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  • Russia remains formidable challenge for evangelism

    September 26 2017 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Russia remains formidable challenge for evangelism

    Thirteen photos – a wide palette of Russian faces – hang on the walls of Marc Ira Hooks’ office. One is an elderly man in Sochi. Another is a young boy more than 5,700 miles away in eastern Siberia, face wrapped in fur. And there are more faces, cities and people groups in between.

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  • Church planter urges prayer for Russia

    July 11 2017 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Church planter urges prayer for Russia

    “There are a good number of Russians whose religion is their country,” said Adam Knight, a church planter with the International Mission Board. That nationalistic devotion led to the persecution of many Christians during Russia’s communist era, he added. It had a chilling effect on evangelism that still lingers in the church.

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  • USCIRF cites Russia, 3 terrorist groups for violations

    April 28 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    USCIRF cites Russia, 3 terrorist groups for violations

    The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) made some ground-breaking recommendations in its latest annual report, but the bipartisan watchdog made clear one reality is not new – the ability to exercise one’s faith continues to deteriorate. In its 2017 report, USCIRF set a precedent by calling for Russia to be classified as one of the world’s worst violators of religious liberty.

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  • European court rules Russian adoption ban discriminatory

    January 27 2017 by Kiley Crossland, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    European court rules Russian adoption ban discriminatory

    Europe’s top human rights court condemned a 2013 Russian law banning all adoptions by Americans and ordered the government to pay damages. While Moscow denounced the ruling, officials appear ready to reconsider the policy. Forty-five Americans representing 27 Russian children, many with serious health conditions, filed suit.

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  • Baptist missionary fighting Russia anti-evangelism law

    January 5 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Baptist missionary fighting Russia anti-evangelism law

    A longtime Baptist missionary convicted under Russia’s anti-evangelism law has returned briefly to his Illinois home as lawyers appeal his conviction and challenge the law’s constitutionality. Donald Ossewaarde was compelled to end his ministry months ago after his arrest under the July 2016 law.

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  • Missionary to Russia loses anti-evangelism appeal

    October 5 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Missionary to Russia loses anti-evangelism appeal

    A Baptist missionary convicted under Russia’s new anti-evangelism law and compelled to end his ministry there has lost his first court appeal, but has vowed to continue legally fighting for the cause of religious freedom. “[My attorneys] assured me that this case will play an important role in determining the future of religious freedom in Russia,” Ossewaarde said.

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  • Russian anti-evangelism case appeal postponed

    September 22 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Russian anti-evangelism case appeal postponed

    A Baptist missionary’s appeal of a judgment against him for teaching a Bible study in his home in Russia, was postponed in the middle of proceedings when the judge said additional witnesses were needed. Donald Ossewaarde said his attorney believes the postponement is a delay tactic designed to sidestep justice.

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  • Russian anti-evangelism law victim requests prayer

    September 13 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Russian anti-evangelism law victim requests prayer

    A Baptist missionary who ended his ministry in Russia after being arrested under a new anti-evangelism law is requesting prayer in advance of his appeal hearing. Donald Ossewaarde was found guilty and fined 40,000 rubles when Russian police interrupted a Bible study in his home, charging him with evangelizing outside church walls without a government permit.

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  • ‘Sad’ Russian anti-evangelism law ends a ministry

    September 2 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Sad’ Russian anti-evangelism law ends a ministry

    Missionaries Donald and Ruth Ossewaarde always suspected their gospel ministry in Oryol, Russia, wouldn’t last when they began in 2002. But he had not expected to be among the first people arrested under Russia’s new law prohibiting organizations from evangelizing outside church walls and without a government permit.

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  • Russian law would restrict evangelism

    July 1 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Russian law would restrict evangelism

    A Russian law that would place significant limits on Christian evangelism has drawn opposition from the International Mission Board, U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse and a New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary professor among others. Passed by both houses of Russia’s parliament, the bill has been called “a step toward an Iron Curtain” by an opposition leader.

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  • Russian, Ukraine Baptists voice political divide

    July 31 2014 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Russian, Ukraine Baptists voice political divide

    The Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists (RUECB) stirred controversy at its May 30th congress in St. Petersburg, when it cited Proverbs 24:21, “Do not join with rebellious officials,” in questioning the Ukrainian revolution.

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  • Anti-Semitism card overplayed in Ukraine

    April 18 2014 by Abraham H. Foxman, USA Today/Religion News Service | with 0 comments
    Anti-Semitism card overplayed in Ukraine

    While Ukrainian Jewish leaders recognized the flier as a political dirty trick, it caused widespread outrage here in the United States, where just about everyone was immediately struck by its echoes of the Nazi policies that led to the Holocaust in Europe.

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  • Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine

    April 18 2014 by Oren Dorell, USA Today/Religion News Service | with 0 comments
    Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine

    Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to “register” with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Israeli media.

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  • Violence spreads in Ukraine along with fervency in prayer

    April 9 2014 by Nicole Lee, IMB/Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Violence spreads in Ukraine along with fervency in prayer

    Thousands demonstrated in the eastern cities of Donetsk, Kharkiv and Luhansk, while others were fervent in prayer. At noon on April 6 an International Mission Board worker received a message from a local news agency reporting that the city of Donetsk would be renamed the People’s Republic of Donetsk.

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