Incredulous is the only way to describe Pastor Ilya Bantseev’s reaction to the news. “They did what In one day? That’s unbelievable! This is a gift from God.”
It was like Christmas in August.
Ilya and Janet Bantseev have served faithfully as PAOC missionaries in Siberia for 24
years. Through God’s mercy and their devoted work, the Novokuznetsk church has developed into one of the largest evangelical
congregations in Russia. The Bantseevs also
give leadership to the Russian arm of Teen
Substance abuse and addiction are at epidemic levels in Russia. Over 80,000 deaths every
year are a direct result of overdoses. Source
of Life, the Teen Challenge centre in Novokuznetsk, is a beacon in the darkness for men
dealing with addiction.
In 2012, the congregation of Family Worship
Centre in Fort McMurray, Alberta, provided money to purchase an abandoned Soviet
youth centre. Ilya envisioned the property as
a home to a multi-faceted ministry hub. Nestled on 150 acres of prime real estate, the former communist centre now houses a community of men finding freedom in Christ.
Some of the potential ministries for the property include a training site for trades and employment opportunities, a school for pastoral
training, a ranch, and a children’s centre.
In August 2017, a mission team from North
AUGUST IN SIBERIA
A short-term mission team becomes the perfect gift at
the perfect time