Russian gypsy boy
Russian gypsy boy

Russian man
Russian villager

Mao of Russia
The largest country in the world!

Russia is the largest country, by landmass, in the world. It covers more than an eighth of the world's inhabited land! With around 143 million people, Russia is the ninth most populous country. Those 143 million people are comprised of 160 different ethnic groups that speak over 100 different languages. Reports on religion vary drastically. However, due to their communist heritage, somewhere between 15 and 50 percent of the population are atheists or agnostics. The major religion in Russia is Orthodox Christianity. There are also Muslims, Buddhists, and Jews as well as smaller numbers of Catholics and various Protestant denominations.

The Apostolic Lutheran Church of America made initial mission trips into Russia in 1989 and 1991. In 1997 regularly scheduled mission trips were begun. We are involved in many areas of Russia, as you can see below, therefore, trips to Russia consist of a lot of travel! During our annual trips to Russia, we do a myriad of things including:
  • visit and encourage congregations
  • talk about Jesus with people we meet on the trains and buses
  • speak to students at universities
  • visit and pray for the sick and elderly
  • fellowship with individuals and families
  • visit prisons
  • visit orphanages
  • hold youth camps

English is not widely spoken in Russia and the Russian language doesn't use the same alphabet as English. If you are considering a trip to Russia, it is a very good idea to study a little of the language before you go.

The Russian people are very friendly and hospitable! They welcome us into their lives and into their homes. We rarely, if ever, stay at hotels while we visit Russia. This is a wonderful opportunity to fellowship with our Russian brothers and sisters.

There are so many people in Russia who still don't know about their Savior! We ask that you would pray for the mission work there, that God would help us to speak his truth into the vast regions of this beautiful country!

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