Ministries > Prison
Russian Missions has been working with the prison populations
in Russia for many years and have had heartfelt success
with many prisoners. Prison ministry is alive and growing.
We are very proud of our accomplishments and especially
proud of our in-house ministry at one of the female
prisons. Russian Mission is unique in having been allowed
to place a female missionary within the walls of a female
prison. We thank God that we have also been given a
room in some prisons for religious services. One reason
the government has allowed this space to be used in
our program is that our program has been effecting positive
changes in the lives of the prisoners.
These women have joyously received the Lord through
our ministry. For the first time in their lives, they
have experienced Christian love, compassion and best
of all-hope. With their newborn faith, they are now
strengthened to deal with the harsh problems life sends,
without reverting to their prior lives of drugs, prostitution
and alcohol-the main reasons most were imprisoned.
Young believers from newly planted churches are taking
the initiative to visit prisons and share their faith.
As in the West, local church volunteers and church organization
carry out most prison outreach in Russia and Ukraine.
The difference is that in the West resources such as
money, materials and transportation are much easier
to obtain, but workers are in short supply. In contrast,
in the former Soviet Union people who are willing to
help in the prisons are more abundant than are resources.