by Ruth Kramer
Mission Network News
The Caucasus portion of the report has startling confirmation from Mission Eurasia. “They expand the ISIS recruiting services to the area, finding ground for a very good response, because of the radical Islamic influence previously and currently,” says Mission Eurasia President Sergey Rakhuba...
“...It’s difficult now in Russian, and evangelicals are regarded as a ‘Western influence.’ There’s lots of opposition from the Orthodox Church, lots of opposition in the area from [the] pro-Islamic community.” Still, through this program, more than 2,500 young leaders in 13 countries of the former Soviet Union and Israel annually obtain the biblical foundation and practical ministry experience they need to impact their communities and nations for Christ.
SWW has a different message. Their biblical worldview has impact. “They bring love through their actions in these communities. From Muslim communities, we see that families and people…respond very positively,” explains Rakhuba. Plus. a new component of SWW is their Next Generation Professional Leaders Initiative (NGPLI). It’s designed to train at least 1,000 young professionals annually to reach their peers and professional spheres of influence for Christ.
The Islamic State will continue to call young people from the Caucasus, but just as deep calls unto deep, pray that the hope of Christ calls and resonates with others. ”In the midst of this trouble, in the midst of all this destruction, [pray] that they bring the light of Jesus to young families, to young kids, and to youth. We have to pray that God will empower them in a special way that they will be able to bring the Gospel to those areas there.”