The day began early as four of us headed up into the Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia to sow the seeds of God’s Word. We drove early to avoid the long queues at the check stops as we exited the “Ring of Steel” security area created for the Sochi Olympics. After a four-hour drive, we arrived at our destination.
Stopping at a small outdoor market, we began talking to vendors. An elderly lady was selling a wide variety of homemade crafts and housewares. She had no customers, so I approached her, began a conversation, and gave her the Russian Hope Magazine. A customer soon arrived, so I moved on to the next booth where a gentleman was selling apples. The fruit looked withered and beaten, but he was still able to make some sales from customers digging through the boxes.
The translator and I talked to him and he also took the Hope magazine, but soon returned to his business. Four other men there all wanted the magazine too. Each one of these individuals could be seen reading the magazines as we moved along. Seeds of God's Word were sown in that market that day.
A short distance away, the police showed up and stood watching us. We walked back to the car, since no one would talk to us while the police were watching.
Later we noticed the children getting out of school. We also spotted the police parked half a block over in a back alley. But a fair-sized shed stood in between. We positioned ourselves strategically so that we were blocked from the police’s view as we handed out Scriptures to the children. All the kids wanted a Testament, and walked away reading it while passing by the police.
God's Word Will Prevail
A country that tried to stamp out the very thought of God and His Word is now seeing the Good News of the gospel spread far and wide! Directly across from the government buildings in the middle of Red Square, by the University of Moscow’s School of Journalism, stands a monument. With a completely unobstructed view, politicians can see these words: "Christ's light enlightens all."
Christ has the last word. Years ago, when this building was erected, those words were chosen by God to shine His light through some of Russia's darkest days. Christ's light has and will continue to enlighten all who turn to it. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Earthly powers come and go, but God is constant.