Matthew 28:18-20 [NLT]
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Though not everyone is able to “go” to other nations to make disciples, everyone is able through Special Missions to enable others to “go” so that “all nations” will be given the chance to respond to the Gospel message. Part of our 2016 Special Missions contribution is to contribute $195,000 to Eurasian Missions. Eurasian Missions is a not-for-profit missionary society that provides spiritual and financial support to the churches in the Eurasian region. The disciples in Eurasia are especially grateful for the continued financial and spiritual support that the DFW Church has provided over the years. To know more about Eurasian Missions please go to their website [www.eurasianmissions.org] to see highlights, pictures, videos and more.
The Eurasian churches will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the first church planting in Russia — the Moscow Church of Christ. Last year we were able to have the leadership of America meet with the leadership of Eurasia for several days in Moscow to discuss the needs and visions for the Eurasian churches. We discussed four important topics: one, reaching the next generation; two, staff dynamics; three, helping small churches; and four, establishing elders. The leadership of the Eurasian churches has really grown in their unity and teamwork.
Several years ago we sent students to St. Petersburg to impact the student ministries and as a result several teens have since that time become disciples. This summer we want to continue to help with impacting the “next generation” by hosting in St. Petersburg a 2-week program entitled “Corps on the Neva.” This will be the foundation for a future official HYC site. Ten students from Dallas & Austin will join with twenty students from all over Eurasia and serve an orphanage and the local ministries of the St. Petersburg church. Both the Vetts (Dallas) and Hoopers (Austin), who are fluent in Russian, will be leading this program and were part of the original team to St. Petersburg.
Along with the thousands of disciples in Eurasia, the DFW Church staff would like to thank you in advance for your sacrifices and generous gifts in meeting the needs of Eurasian Missions in our Special Missions Contribution to take place on May 15th of this year. Together with them, we are all fulfilling the Great Commission to make “disciples of all nations.”