Russia

“This mission gave me a greater understanding of what it means to be human, and a deeper understanding of love. We worked with the neglected elderly and orphans in Vladivostok, who have no one to defend their dignity and no one to show them love, and with the children of the poorest and dirtiest neighborhoods, who longed for attention and meaning. In their pain, suffering, and neglect, we encountered the passion of Christ, and He taught us that His love transcends language, it fulfills all longings, and it overcomes all weaknesses. In the chaos and brokenness of Russia, we found the light of Christ reaching out and overwhelming the darkness.”

- Former FOCUS Mission volunteer

Under communist rule, the practice of Christianity was illegal in Russia. Now, in the post-Cold War era, the people of Russia are still recovering from oppression. Come bring the hope of Christ to them on this summer mission trip!

On this mission you will catechize the youth of Russia who are longing for a Christ-like example of love and mercy. We will be working with Fr. Myron Effing, an American priest who has been in Russia for an extended period of time.  He has helped found an order of priests to minister in Russia and played a key effort in re-evangelizing the post-communist community in Vladivostok. Fr. Myron’s parish feeds meals to 40-50 children from single-family homes each week.  Most of these children reside in Soviet-style single room apartments with their parents.

The mission is to put on a summer youth camp for the children in the wilderness of Lesovovodsk, showing them what it truly means to live a life for Christ. In addition to running a camp for the youth, we will also volunteer at an orphanage and a hospice. Come impact the future of Russia by ministering to the youth on this FOCUS Mission!

Summer 2015

  • Dates: July/August*
  • Trip Director: Teresa Nuar
  • Mission Co-Leaders: Chelsea Young, Sam Stropes, Arthur Teeter
  • Amount to Fundraise: $3,550*

Price includes: Roundtrip airfare to mission country, travel insurance, pre-trip orientation retreat, post-trip debriefing retreat, all food, lodging, materials, and in-country transportation. (Does not include: immunizations and travel meds, your travel to/from US departure city [departure city will be determined by the Mission Director], passport/visa expenses, other personal incidentals).

*** Notes on participation for U.S. citizens: You are required to get a visa for Russia. This is your own responsibility and not included in the cost of the trip. See visa requirements here: Russia visa requirements. You may be required to get immunizations and anti-malaria medications not included in the price of the trip; your health insurance may or may not cover these costs. See recommendations & requirements for vaccinations and medications here: Health Information for Travelers to Russia.

* Dates and price subject to change

  1. Each FOCUS Missions participant has the opportunity to fundraise the entire cost of their mission trip. Consider that fundraising allows people who may not have the opportunity to travel on a mission trip to participate in this essential work through you. In another sense, “some give by going while others go by giving.” Allowing others to support us through their financial commitments and prayers is essential to the success of FOCUS Missions!
  2. You will be contacted by your personal fundraising coach soon after you have been accepted on a mission trip to train and mentor you in each step along the way.
  3. Please feel free to contact us at any time by phone or email with your fundraising questions.

“This mission gave me a greater understanding of what it means to be human, and a deeper understanding of love. We worked with the neglected elderly and orphans in Vladivostok, who have no one to defend their dignity and no one to show them love, and with the children of the poorest and dirtiest neighborhoods, who longed for attention and meaning. In their pain, suffering, and neglect, we encountered the passion of Christ, and He taught us that His love transcends language, it fulfills all longings, and it overcomes all weaknesses. In the chaos and brokenness of Russia, we found the light of Christ reaching out and overwhelming the darkness.”

- Former FOCUS Mission Volunteer

I was uncertain about God’s desire to have me in Russia until we stepped off the plane in Vladivostok; the fundraising and paperwork were rough, and I didn’t think it would work out. But ultimately, God used the entire mission trip as a lesson in reliance on him: the faith of the parishioners we met was incredible, and the Sisters are incredible, and the love of the kids we worked with is incredible. Everything about Russia astounded me with how carefully God used it to work on my heard, and I am forever changed as a result.

- Former FOCUS Mission Volunteer

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