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What a blessing to see what God has done among the nations of the Region last year! The Lord is surely working out His plans for the Church in Eurasia. By His grace, the Cape Town Commitment (CTC) became a very strategic tool for many Evangelical denominations and ministries in areas of doctrinal unity and passion for mission. Praise God for a number of national conferences where CTC was not only introduced but also used as a program guide. Increasing support coming from Christian business people and Christian Mass Media was also marked last year. It is hard not to mention development of the younger leaders team that is so enthusiastic to see Lausanne movement covering Eurasia and even the Russian speaking world as much as possible.
We, as His church, will be tested even more during this year. As Job in his time, I believe that contemporary Christian leadership will be evaluated to know who is “a man of complete integrity” (Job 2:3, NLT). Health challenges could be a first test for many, as well as family relationships and friendship. This year truly need a lot of prayer support. As a Region, we are praying for a leadership development of the movement on international level. May the Lord bless Lausanne with a CEO, who is a gift for the whole Church in order to be able to bring the whole Gospel to the whole World! Our prayer is also to God for Doug Birdsall and his new leadership position in American Bible Society.
Praise God for a leading role of the Russian church in reaching 12 cities of the Region. Blair Carlson, Lausanne Senior Associate for Proclamation Evangelism, is working close with leaders in Armenia and Georgia on having a School of Evangelism for younger leaders. For the first time in history of the church in Central Asia, national leadership will be hosting Regional Consultation in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Prayerful support is also need in development of the “Eurasian Center for Evangelism and Disciple Making” in order to help local churches and seminaries to be even more effective in training and releasing evangelists and church planters. Another priority for this year will be to get united in the mission of reaching college level students. This group is the least reached in Eurasia. Part of our vision is also to see CTC topics discussed on a TV format/level and video recording to be used for the development of the online and residential educational program on effective proclamation of the Gospel. Let’s keep doing it together.
Dr. Anatoliy Glukhovskyy
International Deputy Director for Eurasia