As many of you know Rhonda and I traveled to Russia last fall (2011). We have felt in our hearts for quite a while now that we were called to the mission field. Our intention for the last trip was to “spy out the land,” so we wouldn't jump into anything too soon and find ourselves in over our heads! While we were in Russia we fell in love with the country and it’s people. We were actually a little surprised at how well we “fit” into life there. We know it's a little bit crazy, but we can't resist this calling to Russia any longer.
After seeking the Lord in prayer, we felt led to join ourselves with the Christian organization TeachOverseas which specializes in sending Christians as ‘teachers’ to nations that are ‘closed’ to the Gospel. I will be teaching English as a second language to adults at a private language school in Moscow while Rhonda will be a full-time mommy! In addition to teaching we will have ample ministry opportunities among Moscow's 14 million inhabitants.
A tremendous spiritual need exists in Russia today. Of it’s population of over 140 million people less than 2% claim to be born again Christians. Any religion other than the state-supported Orthodox Church is often looked upon by the general populace with suspicion. This overall distrust has caused changes within the government in the past few years making it impossible for foreigners to enter the country as missionaries long-term. This being the case our only options were either 1. finding secular employment within the country or 2. entering the country on a student visa.
We are in need of finances to make this dream a reality. We need to raise a total of $32,000 in gifts and monthly pledges by July 21st.
This trip will require a lot of support and will significantly stretch our faith! We are in need of supporters who will give on a monthly basis. Would you prayerfully consider partnering with us to reach the lost in Russia?
If you wish your donation to be tax-deductible please make checks payable to Hope International. Please do NOT put the McDaniel’s name in the memo line. Instead, write “Russia.”
Mail to: Hope International
PO Box 218
Catoosa, OK 74015