Global Missions and Local Engagement

 
Special Letter from Pastor Lane – Mobilization Pastor

 

     We have a tremendous opportunity (and responsibility) to serve and be a blessing to an RFBC Missions supported family from Russia: Andrey, Albina and Anya Kravtsev (daughter – 6th grade).  They have spent the last several years being a Gospel witness and mobilizing believers in the North Caucasus’ of Russia among several Unreached People Groups, one of which is an adopted U.P.G. of Rainbow Forest, the Balkar.  Many of you will remember the story of how God sovereignly arranged for Pastor Mike to meet Andrey on a flight from Moscow because of a re-routed flight.

     Because of the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, Andrey is currently serving the Lord by serving the citizens of his mother-country, Ukraine; while Albina and their daughter Anya have temporarily relocated to the United States on an existing Visa.  During their short time here in the U.S. they have relocated a few different times and the need arose for them to find a more stabilized housing arrangement.  I was approached by a mutual friend asking if Rainbow Forest had housing available and I was ecstatic to tell them we were more than willing to accommodate their need.  That’s where we, the Rainbow Forest faith family, can spring into action.  Albina and Anya will be arriving on Tuesday, August 16, to stay in our Missions House directly across the street from the church.  The length of their stay is indefinite, but they could potentially be there until at least January of 2023.

     There were several options on the table for Albina and Anya, and both Andrey and Albina feel certain that the Lord is leading them to be in the Roanoke area, close to a faith family that can stand with them during a difficult period/transition for their family.

     I’m not certain at this point what all of the needs will be, but I’m confident in the Lord that he will work through our church to help meet those needs out of His unlimited riches.  Some of the more obvious needs will be things like: developing friendships with them, helping them get acclimated into the life and ministries of Rainbow Forest (especially adult Sunday school, women’s ministry and student ministry), transportation for just about everything from: grocery shopping, to important immigration appointments, to rides to and from school every weekday (she’s currently enrolled at Roanoke Valley Christian School), etc.

     Some of the opportunities to assist and serve will be a more planned and coordinated effort, but we’re also going to need a few people who can somewhat be “on call” for things that may pop up unexpectedly. 

     If you are interested and available in making a commitment to serving this family while under the care of our church family, please email me directly (lane@rainbowforest.com)  or send me at text message (540.793.4816).  From there I’ll create a list of individuals who would be willing/available to assist, and I’ll begin to think through how to best communicate the needs of both Albina and Anya.

 

Thank you in advance,

 

Pastor Lane – Mobilization Pastor

lane@rainbowforest.com

540.793.4816

 
 
Local Engagement and Opportunities to Connect
 

Interested in Conversing with Afgani Mom’s and Teens? Join us on Tuesday afternoons for English Club at Friendship House in Roanoke. Classes begin on Tuesday, September 7th from 3-5 and end November 16th. Van drivers are needed to transport participants to and from class between 2pm and 6pm. Drivers can stay and participate in the English club or leave and return at 5pm to provide transportation home. Contact Pastor Lane if interested at lane@rainbowforest.com.   

 

GPPD’s – Chip In Fore Children 16th annual golf tournament is right around the corner! Mark your calendars for September 17th and join GPPD as they raise funds for the Rev home. Sponsors, Volunteers, and Golfers are still needed. Click Here for more information. 

 

Restoring Hope Roanoke

This fall, Restoring Hope Roanoke together with Salem Baptist Church is offering a Faith & Finances class.  The class will be on Thursday evenings 6:00-8:00 September 1st – November 17th. Would you like to be a part of the class? Faith & Finances is not about helping participants achieve wealth or material success, rather it aims for restoration in each person’s finances and their relationships. Participants in this 12-week Faith & Finances class will discover two key themes:
 

Prayer Focus

 

This week’s prayer focus is the Chenchu of southern and central India, where Hinduism is the most prevalent religion. Among the 70,000 Chenchu, only 1.79% are Christ followers. The Bible is available in their native language of Telegu. Pray for the Lord of the harvest to send laborers among the Chenchu.

 
Prayer Texts

 

You can receive daily text messages to prompt you to pray for the global missionaries and local ministries RFBC supports or a weekly text for the UPGs we have adopted. To receive one or both texts, click here to sign up. 

 
Giving
 

Financial gifts given to Mobilization Giving helps support missionaries who are making disciples globally, as well as individuals and ministries we’ve engaged locally, who are making disciples. Any size gift impacts this life-changing fund! Please give online to the Missions Fund or note “missions” when giving by check.  As of August 7, we are running a deficit of -$10,393.84 in giving (income) vs. budgeted.