SEND Russia empowers churches in Russia to reach beyond their borders in order to establish healthy, reproducing churches. Those borders are both cultural (Tibetan Buddhist Buryat people in Siberia) and socio-economic (orphans and the deaf in the west and young businesspeople in Moscow).
SEND missionaries serve three main areas of Russia—Siberia, the Central Black Soil Region in Western Russia, and Moscow. These three teams, though separated by thousands of miles, all work with local churches to engage unreached pockets of the population with the gospel.
In Siberia, SEND works with several churches to engage the Buryat, a Mongolian-background people group. Tibetan Buddhism, their folk religion, is animistic, and includes worship of the spirits of lakes, hills, and trees. SEND missionaries bring cross-cultural vision and expertise to Russian churches seeking to reach their Buryat neighbors.
The Central Black Soil Region in Western Russia is one of the most spiritually poor regions in the entire Soviet Union. SEND concentrates on evangelism to teens and families struggling with alcohol and drugs, training young adults to pastoral and church leadership, equipping pastors, and encouraging men and women into missions. SEND missionaries also currently facilitate a camp, work with orphans and have an outreach to the deaf community.
SEND workers in Moscow stay busy leading Bible studies and meeting young professionals for discipleship. There are also regular opportunities for preaching, leading seminars, and teaching at conferences.
Operation World – Russia
The definitive prayer guide to every nation. This site is full of great information on geography, peoples, religions, and prayer requests.
Joshua Project – Russia
Joshua Project is a research initiative seeking to highlight the ethnic people groups with the fewest followers of Jesus Christ. You can find all sorts of information on people groups, languages, statistics, and ministry activities.