Sergei Akmedzianov 

                                     World Charitable Fund, Russia

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Russia. Marina and I hope you are all doing well.

Self-isolation situation is different in regions of Russia. In some regions it is stricter, than in others, depending on number of people infected. In our town there are very few cases of people getting the virus. Most of businesses are closed. All malls are closed until the end of April. Food stores keep working. As for us we are doing well.

During this time of physical separation of people, we look for all possible ways of reaching people with the Gospel. Social networks are used considerably more.

This time reminds me the story of Ruth in the book of Ruth when she had to glean ears of corn. (Ru.2:2) I think that today Russia is in a season of gleaning the harvest. Combination of circumstances we have in Russia now, including virus situation, stimulate believers to take more personal responsibility and initiative to reach people with the Gospel. Corporate way of outreach like public crusades is very difficult to apply today.

On the one hand gleaning is difficult thing to do because we do not see major impact of our big efforts. On the other hand, we start valuing much more every individual "ear", we reach for. It makes us perceiving people not in numbers but as individuals.

Thank you very much for all your prayers and support.

God bless you

Sergei and Marina

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