Russia Ministry

Letter from Pastor Victor Ignatenkov - August 2015

Dear brothers and sisters of White Memorial Presbyterian Church!
Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ. Let His blessings and peace be with you!
I would like to inform you that during this summer we had 3 sessions in our camp...

Letter of Appreciation for Support of the Center by its Director
Dema writes: Thank you for the support, we are warmed with your care! The situations is very good now. Everything is working fine. We have a building and a lot of land. The building belongs to the church and it makes a lot of questions easier. We have a motivation to develop the ministry more and more. We have a house, we have built a bath-house, and now we are building an addition to the house. We have a lot of land and are planning to do something with it, to plant potatoes or something else. Or we want to buy some cattle. We are praying for a person, who will be responsible for this ministry, we are also praying for the financial opportunity to buy cattle and plants. Pray with us! God bless you! Thank you very much for your warmth and attention! That is very important for the men in our center!

Winter Camp for Youth in Smolensk
This year, our mission partner in Smolensk Russia, the Smolensk Baptist Church, offered a winter camp for the first time. It was a three-day camp and was a big success. 46 young people from 14 to 23 spent time together. Our Major Mission effort made the camp facilities and the camp possible. Ivan, one of the camp participants, and Olga write:

I want to thank those people who supported the camp !!! These 3 days were wonderful! They were worthy to spend winter holidays in the camp. I, personally, managed to make friends with a lot of people, that I did not know before. I learned more about God. Thank you, everybody who helped us to have this camp!

Thank you very much for the opportunity to spend that great time together with our young people from the churches of Smolensk oblast'. The camp helped us to unite with the teenagers, who did not really want to spend time with us. All the campers were excited with the camp. Now all of us are discussing the camp in the social networks. The camp couldn't exist without you. Thank you.

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2014 Youth Mission Trip to Russia 
Chip Pope and Siobhan Millen led a group of five youth on a WMPC Youth Ministry sponsored trip to Smolensk July 9 -19. WMPC member Hart Nunnally, who is working in Russia, joined the group in Moscow and accompanied them while they were in Russia. Ellen Smith, our PC(USA) missionary to Russia, also accompanied the group. After visiting in Moscow, the group attended church at the Smolensk Baptist Church on Sunday and helped with the children’s summer camp at Rodnik until July 18.

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White Memorial has partnered with the Central Baptist Church in Smolensk, Russia since 1999. Our partnership includes mission trips by White Memorial members and staff to Russia and visits by staff and members of Central Baptist to Raleigh. During these trips we participate in our shared ministries. The Smolensk church has approximately 260 members. Victor Ignatenkov is the Senior Pastor. White Memorial has helped provide seed money to establish some of the outreach ministries of the Smolensk Church.

The ministries of the Central Baptist Church of Smolensk include:

Orphanage Ministry
Presently, they are working in 14 of the 30 orphanages in the Smolensk region. Victor and the church members have made rather major renovations for a number of the orphanages. White Memorial has contributed some of the money that has gone into renovations.

At the orphanages the orphanage team provides opportunities for music, Bible stories, crafts, and games. When children leave the orphanage at age 17 or 18 with no place to call home, it is especially good for them to have a church home in Smolensk where they have already made friends. Someone from the church is at one of the orphanages most school days.

Summer Camp and Conference Center
The rebuilding of the camp since the main building was destroyed by fire has been a major emphasis of the Smolensk Church. The new building provides a facility for church meetings, special activities, the summer camp for children and youth, and a year-round conference center. Members of White Memorial have made trips to help with the construction and White Memorial has donated funds to support the project. In 2014, as part of the rebuilding, a youth center was complete as a gathering place for church, neighborhood and orphanage graduate youth.

Russia Mission Trip - 2013 
On June 20, 2013 a White Memorial team traveled to Smolensk, Russia, to participate in the dedication of Rodnik, the camp and conference center that our congregation has helped our partners build. The group took items for the dedication, supplies for the camp, and gifts for the orphanage ministry from the sewing, quilting, and knitting groups. See the trip report and photo scrapbook here.

Participants were Tom Andrews, Joan DeBruyn, Gary Fulton, Lois Johnson, Ed McLean, Nancy McLean and Cornelius Swart

Television Ministry
With a muppet-type television show for children, the church reaches into 500,000 homes weekly. The television program focuses on Christian values through the medium of puppetry. WMPC helped establish this ministry initially.

Music Ministry
The church has an impressive music ministry. They have an outstanding choir that rehearses 4 hours weekly. When they sing, the music is inspired. Within the choir, there are small groups who perform. The music studio that WMPC provided funds to complete allows the various musical groups within the Smolensk church and greater Smolensk region to make CDs for distribution. This is a major way the church has vision for outreach.