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Testimony - Rev. Alexander Yuchkovski
Russian Missions was founded by Rev Alexander Yuchkovski (aka Pastor Sasha). He is an evangelist who was born and educated in the Soviet Union. While still “behind the Iron Curtain” he converted from atheism and accepted Christ. God called Alexander (Sasha) to become an evangelist in 1981 and despite persecution, he started his ministry.
He was preparing to go to prison, if necessary, for the Lord Jesus Christ when God had a different plan. Perestroika began and instead of prison, God sent him to the United States. With the recommendation and blessing of more than 180 churches in USSR, he became the first candidate from the former Soviet Union to enroll in a Master of Divinity degree program at a seminary in the United States.
He remembers, “I spoke no English. I cried when I saw so many churches, so many Christian bookstores and so much Christian literature. I never dreamed in America there was such a large amount of Christian information and it was available to everyone--anyone who wanted it.”
While a fulltime student, he worked two part-time jobs. One day while walking in Northeast Philadelphia, he heard people speaking Russian. “My heart skipped a beat.” relates Pastor Sasha. While not at class or at work, he was quickly doing missionary work with these Russian immigrants. Every spare moment was spent in ministry.
”My heart is always with my people in Russia. God has renewed a very strong call to evangelize my homeland with the message of hope.”
Regularly he travels back to his homeland Russia to conduct evangelistic crusades in many areas of the former Soviet Union. Russian Missions preaches the salvation message and disciples in prisons, hospitals, orphanages and into the streets. Together with our local evangelistic missionaries Russian Missions plants new churches and travels from the urban cities to remote nomadic villages in northern Siberia. Russian Missions has witnessed thousands of Russian people coming to Jesus.