This article was written by the BTJ Canada office, who served in the training.

Children hold an unparalleled position to sway a nation and their Sunday school teachers have the power to influence and guide that sway, aiding the growth of future generations with well-grounded faith and values.

That is why BTJ has been so deeply involved in DOVE, a Sunday School program from China that encourages and educates these children and prepares them to be future missionaries.

Last week, BTJ had an open door into a new country (that once was a part of the Soviet Union) and were able to bring the DOVE curriculum along with a couple of Sunday School teachers from China. 65 Sunday school teachers from 25 different churches attended the meeting.

The DOVE training provides spiritual, practical tools and a curriculum for Sunday School teachers. Despite potential dangers for the host church welcoming foreigners, the attendees embraced the BTJ team from China and ensured that there was plenty of security with armed guards securing the church over the weekend.

Alongside the practical training, the BTJ teachers also shared their personal testimonies. It was clear that each testimony had a significant impact on the attendees. One participant marveled about the “deep spiritual experience and powerful images that made this seminar very vivid and alive.”

Following the weekend, one attendee felt motivated to discover their purpose and live a meaningful life as a Sunday School Teacher with a fresh understanding and passion to the importance of equipping the children with the power of the Gospel.

Many participants had experienced Communist-era brainwashing under the Soviet Union, with one woman recalling that she was taught “there was no God and that Christian people ate their children and were a cult.”

The fall of the ‘Iron Curtain’ prompted her to question her purpose, leading her to attend a church service hosted by missionaries where she and her sick mother embraced Christianity. Her mother was miraculously healed that same night, with the woman reflecting, saying, “I found what my heart was looking for.”

The Holy Spirit permeated the training, touching many during the event. At the end of the sessions, an invitation was extended for individuals to be baptized in the Holy Spirit, leading several attending to come forward. The team blessed and commissioned each one.

During the post-conference debrief, eleven of the pastors expressed awe at “God’s influence within the community and gratefulness for the partnership.” At present, the nation is 7% Christian, and Islam has a major presence. However, there is hope for change, as the Lord’s glory is emerging in the church. “Where there is deep darkness on the people, the Lord will rise…His glory will appear.” (Isaiah 60:2)

Join us in prayer for the Russian church as they continue to mature, multiply and take ground for the Kingdom.

Dr. Eugene Bach is a known trouble-maker with an active imagination and sinful past. He has a PhD, but is not a real doctor, so please do not call for him during a medical emergency on an airplane when someone is having a heart attack. Eugene started working for Back to Jerusalem in the year 2000 after a backroom deal involving Chinese spies, the NRA, Swiss bankers, and a small group of Apostolic Christians that only baptize in Jesus’ name. He spends most of his time in closed countries attempting to topple governments by proclaiming the name of Jesus and not taking showers. From time-to-time he pretends to be a writer. He is not good at it, but everyone around him tries to humor him.

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