East-West Church & Ministry Report
Vol. 4, No. 3, Summer 1996, Covering the Former Soviet Union and East Central Europe


Resources available from the Ethics Development Initiative (EDI) of the British-based CARE Trust not previously announced in the East-West Church & Ministry Report include:  "Integrity in Business Consultation Report" (March 1994); "Integrity in Business Consultation Papers" (March 1994); "Report on Christians in Small Business Development in Central and Eastern Europe" (December 1994); "The Electronic Monastery" (on e-mail and Christian cross-cultural communication), 3/$5; "The Impact of Islam in Central Asia" (compiled for EDI by the International Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity); "A Brief Guide to British Charity Law" (in Russian or English); "Consultation Report on Education" (from a 1995 Budapest meeting of the European Christian Educators Association), 7/$12; and "A Study Packet for Christian People in Business" (1996), 15/$26.  All papers are 6/$10, except as noted.  Add 3 to each order for postage and handling.  Contact: EDI, 53 Romney St., London SW1P 3RF, United Kingdom; tel: 44/0-171-233-0455; fax: 44/0-171-233-0983; e-mail: 100136.3672@compuserve.com.


Magyar Missions Link (MML) facilitates fellowship, communication, and networking among "evangelical mission organizations who are established and living in Hungary and whose main ministry is to the Hungarian people."  MML meets each third Tuesday, 2-5:00 p.m., in January, May, and October.  It prepares an annual calendar of mission activities and the biannual Magyar Missions Link Directory.  Divided into two alphabetical listings of organizations and individuals, the Directory includes name, address, telephone, fax, and, when known, e-mail and spouse and family members.  The MML organizational list includes 65 entries, with some organizations such as Campus Crusade and Operation Mobilization having multiple entries.  A very useful listing of 66 non-MML members includes embassies, churches, seminaries, and medical, transportation, and tourist services.  The individuals section totals 220 persons, including MML and non-MML members and a few organizational contacts outside Hungary.  For a copy of the Directory within Hungary contact:  Rev. David Cosby, OMS Field Director, 1118 Budapest, Sumegvar koz 10, Hungary; tel and fax: 36-1-209-2308; e-mail:  CompuServe: 100324,2460.  MML is available outside Hungary from Wheaton College's Institute for East-West Christian Studies for $4 (U.S. and Canada, 1st class) or $6 (Europe, printed-matter airmail).

Editor's note:  The East-West Church & Ministry Report commends the quality and comprehensiveness of the Magyar Missions Link Directory.  If similar mission resources exist for other countries of East Central Europe and the former Soviet Union, please bring them to the attention of the Report.  Contact: Institute for East-West Christian Studies, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL 60187; tel:  630-752-5917; fax: 630-752-5916; e-mail: melliott@wheaton.edu.


The Newsletter of the International Council for Central and East European Studies, which carries information on upcoming academic meetings and recent publications, is available at no charge from the Centre for Russian and Euro-Asian Studies (CRE-AS), University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC. 3052, Australia; tel: 3-9344-4000; fax: 3-9344-5104; or from the CRE-AS homepage: http://www.arts.unimelb.edu.au/Dept/RussCent.


Campus Crusade for Christ's Four Spiritual Laws booklet is available in Russian on the Internet at: http://www.webcom.com/~nlnnet/agape.html.


The Orthodox Church in America now makes a variety of resources available through its Internet address (http://www.oca.org); an electronic directory of OCA parishes and institutions; and TOC On-line, an electronic version of the OCA newspaper, The Orthodox Church.


Linzey, Sharon, ed.  Directory of Indigenous Christian Organizations of the Former Soviet Union and East Central Europe. Evanston, IL: Berry Publishing Services, 1996. $24.50; additional copies, $19.50 each; $5, overseas shipping; $17, overseas rush orders.  Reviewed by Mark Elliott, editor.

The editor, professor of sociology at Pacific Christian College, Fullerton, CA, resided in Moscow, Russia, September 1992 to May 1994.  Dr. Linzey taught at Moscow State University, first under the auspices of the International Institute for Christian Studies, and then under a Fulbright Fellowship.  She also served as director of the World Vision-funded Christian Resource Center, February 1993-May 1994.  Survey work and the development of the computer data base for the directory took place in 1993-94.  Unfortunately, because of a serious delay in publication a good deal of the currency of the information for this fast-changing part of the world was lost, a factor which all concerned must regret.

Entries typically include the name of the church or parachurch organization, contact person, address, telephone, denominational affiliation(s), founding date, number of personnel, and needs.  Approximately 98 percent of the over 3,000 entries cover the former Soviet Union; approximately 78 percent cover Russia (43 percent) and Ukraine (35 percent); 99 percent of the entries are for Evangelical Protestants, mostly Evangelical-Christian Baptist, Pentecostal, and Adventist; and about 95 percent of entries are for local churches, as opposed to parachurch groups.  Given these parameters, and the fact that there are perhaps ten to fifteen thousand Protestant congregations in the former Soviet Union, a more precise title for the publication might have been Directory of Selected Evangelical Churches in Russia and Ukraine.  Since the Russian and Ukrainian sections have extensive geographic subdivisions, perhaps the most practical use for the publication will be to identify selected specific congregations that exist in a particular locale of Russia or Ukraine.

Contact:  Berry Publishing Services, 701 Main St., Evanston, IL 60202; tel: 800-388-9915; fax: 847-869-6921; e-mail: 73430.54@CompuServe.COM.

Resources, East-West Church & Ministry Report, 4 (Summer 1996), 13-14.

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1996 Institute for East-West Christian Studies
ISSN 1069-5664

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