Discipleship in Russia and Greece
Mike just returned in February 2019 from the Russian Marriage-Family conference, in Pushkin, Russia. Many months ago, Mike was told that because of the Russian culture's shame and pain... they wouldn't open up and share what's really going on in their lives about their families and their failures in such a short time. Thirty Russian couples attended the conference.
Praise the Lord that couples began to share their UPS and DOWNS in their families over the years... God opened up SO many hearts in the small group meetings. They didn't share the gospel from the stage, but focused on the Biblical Foundations of Marriage. The couples loved the time... They gave hugs and kisses as they left on the last night.
The gospel DID come out in a few of the groups. The news agency film leader approached them and thanked them several times. He told them that just under 2000 had watched parts of the conference online. We have no clue yet what that means or what will be the outcome there, but praying that more will be involved in the next conference.
The Bedients will be taken a second trip during the summer of 2019. Their summer mission trip will be in Greece. 80 plus Russians (director, teachers, parents, and students) will be attending their program in Greece in June, 2019.
Prior to this trip, they will travel to Pushkin, Russia and meet with spiritual leaders/pastors throughout a week. They have two goals.:
Ask these leaders to provide small groups for when they return from the summer Greece English Language Program. These groups will be focused on helping the students realize God’s purpose for them on this globe and how to grow and overcome the satanic distractions that will ruin their lives.
Ask them began to recruit small group leaders for future marriage retreats. These leaders will be equipped to recruit and train other small group leaders who will recruit parents to attend the marriage retreat.
The Bedients are very grateful… they know that they never go alone and know that many have taken faith steps to pray and support them on their Russia/Greece trips. For that they are most grateful. Can you help to continue to support Mike and Sheri as they follow God’s call?
About Mike and Sheri Bedient
Mike and Sheri Bedient have been serving the Navigators at Arizona State University (ASU) for 12 years. Before that, they were serving in Russia bringing the gospel of Jesus to the Russian people. When they returned from Russia, God spoke clearly that ASU would be a sending ministry, and sending it has been. God has raised up and sent out staff from ASU's ministry to 7 different campuses and many of the students have been involved in overseas mission trips. They are "students today and leaders tomorrow" who will not only impact college campuses, but the US and the world.