In July of 2016, Putin signed of on a law that restricts all evangelism outside of registered churches. The “Yarovaya package” requires missionaries to have permits, makes house churches illegal, and limits religious activity to registered church buildings, among other restrictions. Individuals who disobey could be fined up to $780, while organizations could be fined more than $15,000. Many have asked us if that law will affect the work we are able to do in Russia. After speaking with many trusted sources in Russia, we do not believe this will hinder the calling we have to serve in Russia. In fact, these laws are written in such a way that they may do more damage to the Jehovah’s Witness, Mormon, and Islamic proselytizers in the country.
While the relations between Russia and the US may be getting colder, we are confident that the safest place for any believer is squarely in the center of God’s will so these current events do not cause us to be more concerned for our safety but only serve to remind us of the sovereignty of God in His dealings with the nations of the earth…
The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all.
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