Pastor Pavel Zhirov reports that Immanuel’s Child outreaches were held in six local churches throughout the Ryazan region. More than 1,220 children from poor and unchurched families attended along with some 400 adults. There were also some children from Roma (Gypsy)* communities. So many had come that the team initially ran out of Stars and the books, The Birth of Jesus and Our Loving God, but the Lord provided, and another table was set up with more Christian books, Bibles, and gifts for all who wanted them …
We rented halls in Korablino, Novomichurinsk, Skopin and Ryazan. We invited children to the local community centers, where we distributed gifts, prepared skits and puppet programs. Many were children who attend church only on major Christian holidays, but do not yet come to Sunday school or church. The children and adults liked the programs very much and expressed their appreciation. It is too early to speak of long-term results, but there is always the opportunity for them to come and hear the Gospel, and of the Lord Jesus Christ. We cordially thank you for your help and support!
Editor’s Note: While commonly used in Eastern Europe, the term “Gypsy” is considered offensive by the Roma people.