News from Spring of Revival

As the Executive Director of Stoneworks International, I am honored to help support the work of Spring of Revival in Belarus. You can see the most recent new from SOR here.

These days, difficult financial situations affect many. The Bible says that those who water will themselves be watered.  Please pray that the Lord will provide for Spring of Revival and other ministries that labor in Christ’s name without thought for themselves.  Contact me if you’d like to know how to support this and other Stoneworks programs.

The following report was written by Olga Goncharenko, the director of Spring of Revival.


Dear friends,

With grateful hearts we are giving you an update on our Christmas ministry.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to bring the Good news to many children and especially as we have two celebrations of Christmas in our country.

This Christmas we brought blessings to about 400 kids: gifts, concerts, Bible message and prayers.

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We started with Christmas fair in Stankovo orphanage in mid-December.  One hundred and thirty five children came with their coupons to get sweets, toys, school supplies, drinks and many other things that we have prepared for them.  We prepared a concert with youth from our church and shared Christmas message.  Even my son Thomas, who is 4 and a half now, sang a long Christmas song. Continue reading

A Postcard from Russia — Beauty

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It is very beautiful in the Russian countryside at this time of year.

ski_2.jpgOlga and some friends went skiing earlier this week.  At left is Olga with Natasha Chepushtanova. Olga Ryazhskikh was also with them.  They were skiing on a lake north of the city and had a great time. I (Mike) return to Russia on Tuesday.  It’s been a great visit to the US, and I am ready to be home.

Our work continues to expand — I will go with two teams to Montenegro this summer, and a team will build a pavilion at Elama (our Russian camp) in June.  I’m exploring the possibility of helping a ministry in Estonia, and we will visit Belarus soon to support a ministry there.  Please keep MIR in your prayers, the work is getting more difficult as the financial situation becomes a concern.  That said, the Lord continues to lead us and bless us;  He is trustworthy and true.

A Postcard from Russia — Blessed Meal

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Each year our church in St. Petersburg, StreetCry, hosts a Christmas dinner for drug rehabilitation centers and homeless people. Orthodox Christmas in Russia is on January 7th. Here’s a report from Olga about the dinner:streetcry_dinner-8.jpg

There were more than 300 people at the dinner from about ten rehab centers. One rehab center came all the way from Belorussia for this dinner/worship fellowship. One of the guys shared his testimony, and he said that in the place of each person present was supposed to be a grave. If it were not for the grace of God, all of the guys and girls from the rehab centers would have been dead by now.

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One of the pictures is all the dirty serving dishes we used! We took a bunch of them home with us, and Anya washed them in the bath tub yesterday.

It was such a blessing to be a part of it. I had a lot of fun cutting things in our flat for the salads. One guy came to use our kitchen processor to chop onions, and Olga Ryazhskihh came the streetcry_dinner.jpgsame day to talk and ask for advice and pray. My mom was there  and lots of other people.

I was so blessed to help and be involved. It was so full of life! People in and out, phone calls, cooking and cutting!!! And great time together as a body!

A Postcard from Russia — Russian Blessings

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Even though Olga and I are in the US, it certainly doesn’t mean that the fellowship and ministry in Russia stops. Last week MIR had a pot-luck dinner for staff and associates. Pictured above is the new MIR Executive Director Masha Oshkina. Masha wrote, “The potluck went really well, with no extra stress. It was the first time 23 people, including 7 kids, were filling MIR’s office. Everyone was relaxed, we had main course in russian_blessings_2.jpgthe kitchen area and desserts and music in the main office. I love having new families around.” She’s referring to two families (one a family of 6) who recently moved there as long-term missionaries. God continues to call people, even large families, to Russia. It’s a joy to see such life and growth.

Olga and I had a very good trip to the Northeastern United States. In less than two weeks we visited family, friends, churches and ministries in Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. It was a fruitful and relaxing time. We’re now in Georgia staying with my parents and will visit Texas in December (and may visit Kentucky again in November). In our next update, we look forward to sharing more about our lives in Russia and our new roles in the work in Belarus and Montenegro.

And good news is that the ministry continues in Russia: MIR is planning to send about forty orphans to the US this Christmas on the hosting program, short-term mission teams are in Russia now and more are on the way, long-term missionaries continue their ministries, and God’s love is shared in many ways. He deserves all the credit and thanks, and we are very thankful to be called to share in His good work, both here and abroad.

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Katya, Svyeta, Nadia, Masha