Russia Ministry

Inside the Russian Olympics: The Real Story of the Sochi Winter Games
The Russia Ministry Committee is pleased to offer this behind the scenes view of the Sochi Olympics held this past February by WMPC member Derek Lindsley. Join us Pentecost Sunday, June 8, at 1:15 p.m. after the Annual Churchwide Gathering in the Jane Bell Gathering Space.

Derek is part of the International Olympic Committee which planned and conducted the Sochi games. He spent months working in Russia, observing both the external image and the inner workings within the host country. He is in a unique position to give us a close perspective of this nation, which is so much in our headlines today, and a greater understanding of the environment in which our Smolensk mission partners operate.

2014 Youth Mission Trip to Russia 
Chip Pope and Siobhan Millen led a group of five youth on a WMPC Youth Ministry sponsored trip to Smolensk July 9 -19. WMPC member Hart Nunnally, who is working in Russia, joined the group in Moscow and accompanied them while they were in Russia. Ellen Smith, our PC(USA) missionary to Russia, also accompanied the group. After visiting in Moscow, the group attended church at the Smolensk Baptist Church on Sunday and helped with the children’s summer camp at Rodnik until July 18.

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White Memorial has partnered with the Central Baptist Church in Smolensk, Russia since 1999. Our partnership includes mission trips by White Memorial members and staff to Russia and visits by staff and members of Central Baptist to Raleigh. During these trips we participate in our shared ministries. The Smolensk church has approximately 260 members. Victor Ignatenkov is the Senior Pastor. White Memorial has helped provide seed money to establish some of the outreach ministries of the Smolensk Church.

The ministries of the Central Baptist Church of Smolensk include:

Orphanage Ministry
Presently, they are working in 14 of the 30 orphanages in the Smolensk region. Victor and the church members have made rather major renovations for a number of the orphanages. White Memorial has contributed some of the money that has gone into renovations.

At the orphanages the orphanage team provides opportunities for music, Bible stories, crafts, and games. When children leave the orphanage at age 17 or 18 with no place to call home, it is especially good for them to have a church home in Smolensk where they have already made friends. Someone from the church is at one of the orphanages most school days.

Summer Camp and Conference Center
The rebuilding of the camp since the main building was destroyed by fire has been a major emphasis of the Smolensk Church. The new building provides a facility for church meetings, special activities, the summer camp for children and youth, and a year-round conference center. Members of White Memorial have made trips to help with the construction and White Memorial has donated funds to support the project. In 2014, as part of the rebuilding, a youth center was complete as a gathering place for church, neighborhood and orphanage graduate youth.

Russia Mission Trip - 2013 
On June 20, 2013 a White Memorial team traveled to Smolensk, Russia, to participate in the dedication of Rodnik, the camp and conference center that our congregation has helped our partners build. The group took items for the dedication, supplies for the camp, and gifts for the orphanage ministry from the sewing, quilting, and knitting groups. See the trip report and photo scrapbook here.

Participants were Tom Andrews, Joan DeBruyn, Gary Fulton, Lois Johnson, Ed McLean, Nancy McLean and Cornelius Swart

Television Ministry
With a muppet-type television show for children, the church reaches into 500,000 homes weekly. The television program focuses on Christian values through the medium of puppetry. WMPC helped establish this ministry initially.

Music Ministry
The church has an impressive music ministry. They have an outstanding choir that rehearses 4 hours weekly. When they sing, the music is inspired. Within the choir, there are small groups who perform. The music studio that WMPC provided funds to complete allows the various musical groups within the Smolensk church and greater Smolensk region to make CDs for distribution. This is a major way the church has vision for outreach.