Missionary Spotlight Update: Russell Woodbridge

Week of Prayer missionary Russell Woodbridge (right)

In Ukraine, a church birthed out of heartache is seeing God continue an incredible work. When war broke out a few years ago, people in the eastern part of the country began to flee their homes—some of them with no personal belongings except what they could gather together quickly in bags. They needed hope. And God saw them.

“A year and a half ago with the help of Ukrainians, we started a new church plant that specifically tries to reach these people who have been displaced and lost everything,” said Russell Woodbridge, an International Mission Board (IMB) missionary there. “We’ve seen people come to Christ and be baptized.”

Today the church plant continues to grow, Russell said. “We are going to purchase an old building and renovate it. This building will be a community center and will allow us to offer help to more internally displaced people and the wider L’viv community.”

Not only that, a second group about 4 miles away is growing into a potential church, and another person there recently confessed Christ, Russell said. “We pray this group will develop and grow into a church.”

He asked for prayer for Igor, the man from the first church plant who is leading the fledgling group. He asked for prayer for the group to continue to grow into a strong church. And he asked for Christ followers to pray that as Ukrainians face hardships, God would continue to bring eternal hope from the ashes in their lives. “Pray that God would bless our efforts,” Russell said.

Russell Woodbridge is featured as part of the Week of Prayer for International Missions in the December 2018 Missions Mosaic Missionary Spotlight.

Grace Thornton writes for the IMB, Baptist Press, and other Southern Baptist ministries and is an active member of a local Baptist church.

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