East-West Church & Ministry Report
Vol. 7, No. 4, Fall 1999, Covering the Former Soviet Union and East Central Europe
Worthwhile Web Sites

Sharyl Corrado and Maria Demeshkina, Compilers

The Bible Society in Russia
http://www.bsr.ru (in English and Russian-Win 1251)
Originally established in 1813 by imperial decree of Tsar Alexander I, the revived Russian Bible Society publishes full Bibles, illustrated Bibles for adults and children, and educational and reference books about the Bible.  The site contains an online catalog, a price list, and online registration for a print catalog.



PROMT (PROject Machine Translation) Online Translators
http://www.translate.ru/rus/ (in Russian and English)
PROMT online translators provide instant translation between Russian and English, German, and French.  While machine translation has inherent problems due to the complexity of language, these user-friendly translators could be of immense assistance to those with little or no command of a foreign language.  Also valuable is the simple system for encoding and decoding Cyrillic fonts, including KOI-8, Windows-1251, Macintosh, DOS-866, Quoted Printable, and the Latin alphabet.  This online decoding device is invaluable for those experiencing difficulties sending or receiving e-mail in Cyrillic.  Highly recommended.



Religion in Eastern Europe
http://cis.georgefox.edu/ree/ (in English)
Religion in Eastern Europe, (formerly Occasional Papers on Religion in Eastern Europe) has been published bimonthly since 1981 by Christians Associated for Relationships with Eastern Europe (CAREE), an ecumenical association related to the National Council of Churches. REEcovers such topics as Evangelical-Orthodox dialogue, religious life in Ukraine, mission activity in Albania, and evangelism and proselytism in Croatia.  Available online both in html format and as a word processing document.  Edited by Walter Sawatsky, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, with the help of assistant editors Charles West, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Sharon Linzey, George Fox University.  See also East-West Church & Ministry Report 2 (Fall 1994): 3.



Resurse Crestine Romanesti (Romanian Christian Resources)
http://www.rcrwebsite.com/ (in Romanian)
Four Romanian-based editors associated with Calvary Chapel offer a variety of resources for devotion and study, including poetry, Bible studies, spiritual guidance, doctrine, apologetics, and marriage and family issues. Three condensed books are also available online.  The site would be especially helpful for new Christians, addressing the current religious situation in Romania.



SGM International-Central and Eastern Europe
http://www.infocomp.torun.pl/sgm/ (in English)
Scripture Gift Mission-Central and Eastern Europe, with headquarters in Torun, Poland, produces and distributes Christian literature free of charge in 20 languages of East Central Europe and the former Soviet Union. SGM strives to produce "contemporary, relevant booklets and leaflets for people to use in evangelism, teaching, and pastoring."  Lists of booklets in various languages may be viewed and materials ordered online.



Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Raska and Prizren
http://www.decani.yunet.com/ (in Serbian-Win 1251 and English)
Covering the area of Kosovo, Metohija, and Raska provinces, the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Raska and Prizren is one of the oldest in the Serbian Orthodox Church.  The site provides a detailed history of the Serbian Orthodox Church, locations and contact information of monasteries and parishes, a variety of photographs, and links to a large number of Orthodox resources. The Web site currently highlights human rights abuses against Kosovo Serbs.



Slavophilia Slavic and East European Resource
http://www.slavophilia.net (in English)
Slavophilia is a wide-ranging guide to Internet resources on Russia and East Central Europe.  The site provides categorized links similar to Yahoo for East Central Europe as a whole, as well as for individual countries.  Categories include employment, entertainment, news and media, education and religion.  Each category includes an extensive list of links.  Russian religion links are most thorough, while those for other countries are helpful but limited.  Current news for Russia and East Central Europe is available through several news agencies online, as well as under "News and Media" links, where live radio and TV broadcasts are available.  Also available is a list of live chat sites in Slavic countries.  The Web site is searchable.  It is best viewed with Netscape 4.0/IE 4.0 or higher version.  Highly recommended.



Theological Research Exchange Network (TREN)
http://www.tren.com/  (in English)
The TREN database contains references to over 6,800 theological theses/dissertations and conference papers completed at over 65 theological institutions.  The database can be searched online or downloaded for offline use.  All dissertations and papers may be ordered online in either microfilm or print versions.  Sample dissertations include:  Sergei Nikolaev, "Developing a Biblical Model for Reaching Post-Totalitarian Russia Through the Ministry of the Temple of the Gospel Evangelistic Center, St. Petersburg" (Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, D.Min., 1993); Ted C. Szymczak, "A Profile of Polish Urban Dwellers: Their Knowledge of and Attitude Towards the Gospel" (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, M.A., 1993); Ioan Ceuta, "The History of the Pentecostal Apostolic Church of God of Romania" (Columbia Biblical Seminary, D.Min., 1990); Beverly A. Lewis, "A Religious Profile of Father John of Kronstadt" (Regent College, M.C.S., 1993).



U.S. State Department Travel Warnings & Consular Information Sheets
http://travel.state.gov/travel_warnings.html
Consular Information Sheets, available for every country of the world, include information on health conditions, political disturbances, unusual currency and entry regulations, and crime and security information. Travel Warnings are issued when the State Department recommends avoiding travel to a certain country.  On 29 November 1999, travel warnings were issued for certain countries of the former Soviet Union regarding preparation for Y2K.  Editor's Note:  Frequent travelers sometimes conclude that State Department travel advisories err on the side of caution.



Sharyl Corrado and Maria Demeshkina, "Worthwhile Web Sites," East-West Church & Ministry Report 7 (Fall 1999), 13.


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1999 East-West Church and Ministry Report
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