Many of you have been praying for a long time about a “law suit” concerning our Agape Medical Clinic. We are sorry we were not able to provide you with more details at the time. After you read, Sergey S’s testimony, you will understand the injustice and complexity of the case. But God gave us the victory!
The Agape medical office in Moscow is the hub for all medical ministries done by Agape in Russia. Agape purchased the space on the first floor of a 17-story apartment building and it was opened as the Agape Medical Center in 2005. Here Agape trains and sends out the medical professionals to be the light and salt for the lost in the Russian Federation (Matt. 5:16).
The building itself is run by an apartment owners’ assembly comprised of more than 300 owners, much like a homeowners’ association. Back in 2012, the assembly voted in a new chairman (a former military major). At first, he seemed kind to Agape but later he had hatred in his heart towards us and began to persecute Agape. He forced Agape to change the advertisement signs on the exterior walls of the offices which cost the ministry unnecessary expense. Then in 2018, he changed the building management company and fees increased by 35%. Then a fraudulent plan was devised to force Agape to hand over the keys from the Agape medical offices and allow 24-hour access to the offices by the owners. In addition, they demanded office space in the medical offices to house the building management company. But the biggest infringement and persecution was that the Chairman got the right from the assembly to sign any contracts with the building management company on behalf of Agape without Agape leadership consent.
In November 2018, SergeyS and ZhenyaT, together with the initiative group of the apartment owners, were able to set a new assembly meeting. They visited every apartment owner to explain what happened to the building management regarding the fee changes. So they were able to collect 51.5% of votes to change the chairman and the building management company. The change was enforced in December 2018. In August, 2019, the former chairman reported a crime to the investigation bureau, accusing SergeyS, ZhenyaT and a group of apartment owners. The Investigation bureau checked, found nothing and closed the file. In September 2019, the former chairman filed a civil suit to annul the results of the assembly meeting of November 2018 and to restore his position as the chairman of the assembly. After 11 months of court battles, God gave the victory to Agape! On July 24, 2020, the suit was dismissed. The ministry is protected!
I can testify to this new miracle of God. In spite of all the persecution of Christianity in Russia, Agape is still protected and sends out the medical missionaries to the remote places of Russia to proclaim the Good News of salvation in 2020! El-Shadai is our God! –SergeyS (edited by permission)
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African migrants are another vulnerable population brought to Russia or they come as students hoping for a less expensive education. They also suffer persecution, beatings, deplorable living conditions, and have no access to the Russian health care system or social services. Single women get caught in prostitution or end up on the streets pregnant. Our Agape staff serve at a "free" clinic for Africans and address their medical needs and help them find needed resources such as safe housing.
Distributing Health Kits and food to Migrants at MCA
Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Please rest assured that our Russia Agape missionaries and staff are praying for you, our supporters and prayer partners, during these difficult times. It is during trials that we realize just how firm a foundation our Almighty God is! Medical Center Agape is still open and treating patients daily with compassionate medical care. We appreciate every prayer lifted up on our behalf as we press on sharing the Love of God at every single opportunity given.
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Moscow’s indefinite coronavirus lockdown has left the city’s vulnerable homeless population with an impossible choice — find shelter or risk paying steep fines, while facing the danger of becoming infected with a potentially deadly disease.
In many European countries, where the coronavirus has hit hard, spaces including hotels, office buildings and gymnasiums have been converted into isolation shelters for the homeless. No such measures have been taken in Russia, where anti-homeless stigma is strong — and with parks, shopping centers and train stations closed and volunteers staying home, Moscow’s homeless have few options for finding shelter and basic necessities.
“The homeless have no way to self-isolate,” Daria Baybakova, the head of the Moscow branch of the Nochlezhka NGO, which operates a network of shelters in St. Petersburg and the capital, told The Moscow Times.
Official statistics for Russia’s homeless population are patchy, with data from the most recent census in 2010 placing the number of people living on the streets nationwide at 65,000. Nochlezhka — or “Overnight Stay” — says the number is closer to 1 million, with the number of homeless in Moscow alone at about 80,000.
That number has only increased since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, Baybakova said, and there are far too few places in shelters to accommodate them all.
The spread of Islam is rampant in Russia. Tens of thousands gather to worship in the center of Moscow which is now the largest Muslim city in Europe.
Russia has 4 million migrants, many living in Moscow. The country's migration policy includes plans to attract up to 10 million migrants to offset the country's declining population. They flood into Russia through scams and the promise of well-paying jobs, hoping to support their families back home. They often live in crowded conditions, twenty people in a two-bedroom apartment which means they have to sleep in shifts. Often, they have no official documents needed to receive health care or social services. Many end up homeless and die on the streets.
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The world is reeling from the spread of coronavirus. We are all experiencing setbacks, but praise the Lord, we are never without hope! Now more than ever we are called to stand firm on the promises of God. Please continue to pray for Agape because quarantines, restrictions and financial shortfall will shift our abilities to continue Agape programs. Pray for wisdom as we navigate through this global crisis with faith and determination to continue sharing the Good News of Christ in Russia. The fields are ripe for harvest!
“If God places me in serious perplexity, must He not give much guidance; in great difficulty, much grace; in great pressure and trial, much strength? No need to fear that His resources will prove unequal to the emergency! And His resources are mine, for He is mine. He is with me and He dwells in me.” (J. Hudson Taylor)
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Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! (John 4:35)
Thank you for partnering with us in prayer and through your financial support. In the midst of the scary uncertainty, it is harvest time!
Pray without ceasing ... for remote Medical Expeditions in Siberia!
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A medicine cabinet in a rural “medical point” in Siberia. Our teams bring Agape Health Kits that provide medicines for a family of 4 people and a New Testament. Sometimes there are more medicines in our health kits than in their sparse one-room clinics!
How far away is your local doctor or pharmacy? For most of us, the answer would probably be 10 miles or less. Imagine living in a yurt – a portable, round tent that is made from animal skins – that is hundreds of miles away from any form of medical treatment. Even if there is a local pharmacy in these remote areas, you are not likely to find the medince you need on its shelves. From its founding, Agape has made its core mission to go on medical expeditions, sometimes deep in the heart of Siberia where reindeer are plentiful, but medical care is not. These “forgotten” people are not forgotten by God! Please pray we can continue sending medical teams to these remote areas. Providing compassionate medical care is a great way to open a door to sharing the Good News of Christ with these precious people. Thank you!
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