We will be gone from June 22 to July 18. We will fly into St. Petersburg for orientation. We will be working with CCX [ess-ess-ha], the Russian equivalent of InterVarsity. While in St. Petersburg we will host a few seminars for the Russians students involved with CCX. We will then fly to Chelyabinsk and participate in 10 days of an evangelistic camp organized by the Russian students and CCX staff. Apparently, Russian students really enjoy camps like this. The American team will be part of the draw because for many Russians speaking English is a highly desired skill. As we share the Gospel with them we will help them learn English. And maybe we will pick up a little Russian while we’re at it!
Due to the political situation in the Ukraine, we are drawing up alternate plans to serve in another country with their student ministry if needed. However, our hope and desire is to serve in Russia. We would appreciate your prayers that we are able to go and serve the Russian students. Thankfully the current situation does not effect our trip and we pray that continues to be the case.
We would like to invite you to partner with us in this exciting opportunity. Each person on the trip needs to raise $4,250, which means we need to raise $8,500. This covers travel, room and board, and miscellaneous expenses while we are in Russia. If you would like to contribute, you can make a check out to “InterVarsity Christian Fellowship” and return it using the enclosed envelope. All contributions are tax-deductible and you will receive a receipt.
We will call in the next few weeks to see if you have questions or want to know more about our trip. Feel free to contact us by phone or email. Thank you for considering how you might be a part of our trip!
For Christ and the University,
Mike & Annie Zientara
Mike: firstname.lastname@example.org 847.533.2513
Annie: email@example.com 614.738.1093