East-West Church & Ministry Report
Vol. 3, No. 3, Summer 1995, Covering the Former Soviet Union and East Central Europe

News Notes

A planning document of the Free Methodist Church identifies key ministry trends in East Central Europe and the former Soviet Union, including the need to move:
  1. from evangelization and church-planting by foreigners to evangelization and church-planting by national personnel;
  2. from translating foreign books to nationals writing and publishing their own books;
  3. from unconnected seminaries and churches working in isolation to working relationships among denominations, churches, and institutes;
  4. from dependence upon foreign methodology and curriculum to development of national methodology and curriculum; and
  5. from foreign communication bridge building to national communication bridge building.
Source:  Stephanie Crothers, "Strategic Plan for Europe," (Indianapolis:  Free Methodist Church, 1994), 4, 9, 12.


The American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies has moved its office.
The current temporary address is:

After 1 November 1995 the permanent address will be: Phone, fax, and e-mail numbers will remain the same.


Representative Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ) and Senator Alfonse D'Amato (R-NY) have been selected as Chairman and Cochairman of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), often referred to as the Helsinki Commission. "The critical work of the Helsinki Commission in the areas of human rights and military security has become even more important as we witness the continuing instability in Eastern Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union," Chairman Smith remarked. The bipartisan Commission includes nine House and nine Senate members and one representative each from the Departments of Defense, Commerce, and State.

Smith and D'Amato said the Commission will move swiftly to address the crisis in Chechnya and other vital issues within the member states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), including the conflicts in Nagorno-Karabakh and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Cochairs added that rule of law, religious liberty, freedom of movement, freedom of expression and association, and other significant "human-dimension" issues will continue to receive focused attention from the Commission. Source: CSCE Digest 18:1 (January 1995).

The CSCE publishes a gratis newsletter and frequent human-rights reports. Contact:


According to a Russian emigre news account, in the spring of 1995, a 10-month-old Serbian boy was baptized according to the Orthodox rite in the Roman Catholic Church of the Archangel Michael near Vinnitsa.  The infant's parents are in Russia as refugees from the civil war in the former Yugoslavia.  Source: Sem' dnei, Sacramento, CA, 15-31 May 1995, p.2.

News Notes, East-West Church & Ministry Report, 3 (Summer 1995), 12.

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