As a result of the discovery that the Boston Marathon bombers were from the North Caucasus, a major Russian mission group, Russian Ministries, says they are increasing efforts to spread the “Gospel of peace and hope” in that region. They say that “radical Islam is making every possible effort to capture the hearts and minds of the younger generation.” They hope that the Gospel will bring a positive change in lives and will be a part of “helping to raise a Next Generation of peacemakers, rather than terrorists.”
5/1/2013 Russia (BosNewsLife)- Christian missionaries say they have stepped up efforts to spread the “Gospel pf peace and hope” in Russia’s volatile North Caucasus after revelations that the suspected Boston Marathon bombers arrived from that region.
Russian Ministries, a major mission group, said the apparent acts of terrorism by the Tsarnaev brothers underscored that “radical Islam is making every possible effort to capture the hearts and minds of the younger generation.”
Last week the U.S. Embassy in Moscow said it has sent a team to Dagestan, a province in southern Russia where the parents of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are staying.
Information from the parents is seen as crucial in the investigation. The Tsarnaev brothers are accused of setting off the bombs on April 15 that killed three people and wounded more than 180 others.
Yet, “The gospel continues to go forth in the Northern Caucasus, changing lives and helping to raise a Next Generation of peacemakers, rather than terrorists,” Russian Ministries said.
The group plans to sponsor summer Bible camps, which it calls “one of its most effective, life-changing ministries for children and youth in the Northern Caucasus” and throughout the former Soviet Union and Eurasia.
“At camp, children have the opportunity to discover God’s love through Jesus, learn from His Word, and grow in their faith.” In addition to the summer Bible camps, student teams of its “School Without Walls” programs try to encourage youngsters to be involved in evangelistic activities it said.
The activities include, “Distributing spring and winter gifts and evangelistic programs for children and families that tell the story of Jesus” as well as “Presenting Christian puppet shows to Muslim villages by young people,” the group explained.
Additionally, youngsters and other missionaries are involved in “Distributing humanitarian aid, including food, shoes and clothing for people displaced or impoverished by war” in the troubled area.
That are also involved in “Starting Bible studies and churches in unchurched communities” and “Teaching youth about the dangers of drug abuse, promiscuity, HIV/AIDS and how Christ offers hope.”