Through MTS, we continue to desire to help Russian believers to establish new churches and take the Gospel to new parts of this huge and poorly-reached nation. We are seeking additional support in 2020 for launching and developing an additional group of 20-30 future missionaries – sparked by a mission conference in a key regional city, and then recruiting a cohort of students who are called to be trained and sent as missionaries and church planters in strategic locations.
Dr. Peter Mitskevich
Russia has changed a lot since Peter Mitskevich’s grandfather, Arthur, established correspondent Bible courses in the Soviet era amidst communist persecution and spent more than 10 years in prison for his Christian faith. Peter’s father, Valter, was fired from his job as a dentist after committing his life to the Lord and went on to serve as academic dean of this early Bible school. Yet during this emergence from nearly a century of secularized culture, the need for trained Christian leaders in Russia is greater than ever.
After having worked as a medical doctor, teacher, academic dean and ordained pastor, Peter became president of Moscow Theological Seminary—now called Theological Seminary of Moscow (TSM)—in 2007. With a master’s of theology from Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) and a long history of Christian ministry, he has flourished in this role. Peter has brought a calm spirit, godly vision and a fierce passion for training Christian leaders to TSM.
Peter leads professors and students in establishing a new legacy of trained church leaders previously unseen in Russia. He says, “It’s exciting to serve and equip the next generation of church leaders for the 21st Century.” MTS is truly grateful to have such a competent, passionate leader with a long legacy of impacting Russia with the gospel.
Fellowship Bible Church has been thrilled to pray for Dr. Peter Mitskevich and TSM since 2010.
(information comes from the RLM website)
Peter began his spiritual pilgrimage at age 14 when he put his faith in Christ, fully aware of the dangers of making such a decision under Soviet rule. Years later, he became a medical doctor, but his professional life changed when he assisted the Gideon International Bible distribution ministry. People who received the Bible would ask Peter to help them understand Scripture, but he was not equipped to do so.
This motivated Peter to study at the Moscow Bible Institute, where he graduated in 1989. Sensing a need for deeper theological understanding, Peter and his wife, Tatiana, moved with their children to the United States so that he could study at Dallas Theological Seminary.
He received his Master of Theology degree in 1997. “My dream for Russia,” Peter says, “is that each town will have its own evangelical church, that each pastor will be theologically educated, that each church will have its own place of worship, and that each citizen of Russia will receive the Good News.”
(information comes from RLM site: Insight for Living: Russia)
Each year, we work with our global partners to refine how our involvement might support their essential ministry efforts and projects, and learn about their kingdom-advancement and ministry expansion dreams—if God would provide the means to make them happen.
Last year, God provided resources for our partners’ efforts from our Global Christmas giving. Our plenty, providing for their needs. We encourage you to pray and ask for the Lord’s leading in how your generosity can have an impact all around the world, all to the glory of God!
Eastern Russia Locations
We are continually in need of help for our ministry and training efforts in the cities of Chita and Khabarovsk (Far East Siberia) for 2020, helping the Russian church advance its ministry and prepare more pastors and ministry leaders in these very remote cities across the far east Russia.
MTS Legal Needs
MTS needs additional help with legal defense costs, as well as faculty preparation of resources and training to help churches and leaders navigate and protect themselves against what appears to be a concerted effort to stifle the work and ministry of evangelical churches across Russia.
Funds for MTS Partnership
This will fund the strategic ministry and essential work of Moscow Theological Seminary (MTS), as the pivotal resource for the development of leaders for the church across all of Russia. This includes the 8 full-time faculty who travel to NCBI and other remote locations, the staff, administrative, library, curriculum development, and other critical support. Without MTS’s work, the rest of the effort to build up and prepare leaders across Russia is at risk. Over 400 students attend classes, nearly 200 more receive training online from a distance, are equipped through regional centers.
Funds for NCBI Partnership
This will fund the critical efforts and ministry of North Caucasus Bible Institute (NCBI) in the Muslim-influenced and multi-ethnic regions of south Russia. The largest of eight regional training centers, NCBI now equips over 130 pastors, church planters, Bible teachers, counselors, and Christian ministry leaders, and desires to continue to not only maintain but expanding its efforts in the year ahead.