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.