Our Moscow branch leader Maxim Ammosov (pictured below, top right) planned an evangelistic outreach in St. Petersburg to coincide with Shavuot, also known as the Feast of Weeks, or Pentecost. (We have no branch in St. Petersburg but it’s approximately 400 miles from Moscow). After a brief training time on May 16 and 17 the outreach began with street evangelism from May 18-22 and culminated with Shavuot celebrations on May 23-24.
Maxim reports, “Shalom! Our Shavuot mini-campaign in Saint Petersburg was such a blessing! Our team included four staff: Igor Barbanel, the director of all our former Soviet Union branches (pictured above) and his wife Galya Bogomolova, as well as Sveta Kotlomina, and me. We were joined by three Co-Laborers in Messiah (trained volunteers) from Moscow, two regular volunteers from Moscow and fourteen volunteers from three Saint Petersburg congregations, including a Messianic congregation.
“During our five days of sorties (tract-passing expeditions) we handed out all our broadside tracts (34,000) and prayed with four Jews and three Gentiles to receive the Lord. One hundred and ninety-four Jewish seekers gave us their contact information, as did 55 Gentiles. Praise God! Also we connected with 65 Jewish people by phone, and Galya had four visits by phone (meaning significant conversations that included exploration of Scriptures).
“The three evangelistic celebrations were also very fruitful. The first was at the Lutheran Chapel of St. John Baptist on May 23. Thirty-five people attended. Of those, approximately fifteen Jews and ten Gentiles attended as a result of our sorties or phone calling. All of them responded to the altar call! Twenty-five new brothers and sisters in the Lord!
“The second celebration was at the Messianic congregation ‘Father’s Heart’ with Rabbi Andrey Vdov on May 23. One hundred seventy people attended, including eight Jewish and two Gentile seekers (again, as a result of our sorties and phone calling). None of the newcomers answered the altar call, but five Gentiles who had previously attended the congregation professed faith in Jesus for the first time.
“The final evangelistic celebration was at the Assembly of God church, with Pastor Misha Zemlyakov, on May 24. Maxim preached. Fifty people attended, among them five Jewish and four Gentile seekers, invited through our sorties and phone calling. Of those seekers, three Jews and one Gentile responded to the altar call.
“Every team member made a good contribution. Sveta Kotlomina was our champion in gathering Jewish seeker contacts: 62! It was unusually cold during the week, but it seemed that the weather was our only opposition. Jesus was so close to us in St. Petersburg; we were so blessed!
“Please pray for the twenty-two Jewish people and nineteen Gentiles who professed faith in Jesus, that they will grow in grace and faith. Please also pray for the 194 Jewish and 55 Gentile seekers who left us their contact information, that they will be saved!”