Vol. 1, No. 1, Winter 1993, Covering the Former Soviet Union and East Central Europe
Russian Christian Publishing (RCP) offers a range of services to
meet the growing demand for Russian-language Christian literature. RCP
provides translation, editing, proofreading, printing, and delivery of
Christian books. It also has an extensive inventory of Russian
Christian literature available for purchase.
Russian Christian Publishing, Inc.
David Wagler, Director
P.O. Box 364
Wheaton, IL 60189
Tel: (708) 510-1581
Fax: (708) 510-1582
The 1993 Great Commission Handbook has identified many
short-term mission programs geared for East Central Europe and the
former Soviet Union. The handbook provides addresses, contacts,
backgrounds, staff requirements, and work descriptions. Copies of the
1993 edition are available for a cost of $1.00. Contact:
Berry Publishing Services
701 Main Street
Evanston, IL 60202
Tel: (708) 869-4825
Fax: (708) 869-4825.
"The Russian Initiative," a project of the Christian College Coalition,
now has established 15 sister relationships between Christian colleges
and universities in the United States and institutions of higher
learning in Russia. For more information on project goals,
Dr. John A. Bernbaum
Christian College Coalition
329 Eighth Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
Tel: (202) 546-8713
Fax: (202) 546-8913
A September 1992 panel discussion featuring Kent Hill, Serge
Duss, and Peter Deyneka, Jr., "The Church in Post-Marxist Russia: Free
At Last?," is available on audiotape. The 75-minute tape is
available for $6, plus $2 postage and handling. Write for a complete
catalog listing of additional resources.
Institute for East-West Christian Studies
Billy Graham Center
Wheaton, IL 60187
Tel: (708) 752-5917
Attorney Lauren Homer warns that new rules may soon make it
difficult for Western organizations to register under the Russian Law
on Freedom of Conscience. Since registration permits an
organization to legally conduct religious meetings, own property, open
bank accounts, and other basic business or ministry functions, it is
important for organizations from outside Russia to pursue
registration through legal counsel. For more information, contact:
Lauren B. Homer
Gammon & Grange
8280 Greensboro Drive, 7th floor
McLean, VA 22102-3807
Tel: (703) 761-5000
Fax: (703) 761-5023
Central Europe: Religion and Publishing
Wanting to develop a strategy for evangelization for Central
Europe, the British and Foreign Bible Society, along with the Lausanne
Committee for World Evangelism, commissioned Roger Russell Marketing of
England to conduct in-depth research on religion and publishing in
Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Poland.
The result is a set of eight reports dealing with different
aspects of religious life in Central Europe. These 8.5 x 11 format
studies include the following titles, all published in 1991:
The entire set is available for £230.
Religious and Social Attitudes--Czechoslovakia, 64 pages, £28.
General and Religious Publishing--Czechoslovakia, 114 pages, £40.
Religious, Social and Reading Attitudes--Hungary, 68 pages, £28.
General and Religious Publishing--Hungary, 82 pages, £32.
Religious and Social Attitudes--Poland, 60 pages, £28.
General and Religious Publishing--Poland, 92 pages, £36.
The View of Western Publishers--110 pages, £40.
International Comparisons and Overview 134 pages, £48.
The reports portray different aspects of the various cultures,
largely with a statistical format. For example, Report 8 sets out to
depict the "true spirituality of each country" by categorizing
individuals as earnest believers, reserved believers, religiously
apathetic, or concious objector (antagonists). Numerous charts and
graphs show various relationships.
Because of the preponderence of statistics, one wishes for more
synthesis of the material in some of the reports. However, there is
certainly much helpful information for those seriously interested in
either publishing or evangelism in Central Europe. Plans are underway
for studies of other countries including the former Soviet Union.
Orders may be placed with:
Roger Russell, Limited
Reviewed by David Wagler, Director of Russian Christian Publishing
37 The Willows, Highworth
East-West Church & Ministry Report recently spoke with
Art Moore, a Vienna-based missionary with International Teams and
Mission Forum. When asked what three priorities he would set for
Western Christian ministries with no experience in East Central Europe,
- Find out as much as you can before you even go. Contact individuals
in the West knowledgeable about the region. Go to your local library
and read what it has to offer. Many people here [in East Central
Europe] don't know much about the country they are working in. Reading
the single chapter of Trevor Beeson's Discretion and Valour
on Romania, for example, would provide more background on the
history of the church there than many people have who are working in
Romania now. We could do a lot better job of homework before we go.
Get in contact with other groups working in the area, certainly if
there is a coalition of ministries working together in a particular
country, such as the Albanian Encouragement Project. Visit their
contacts and get a feel for the lay of the land.
Once you are on the ground, take a year or so before formulating a
strategy just listening to the people. Gather all the information you
can and prayerfully consider how you can help.
Resources, East-West Church & Ministry Report, 1 (Winter 1993), 13-14.
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