When Ralph Hart, of the Southside Church of Christ in Manchester, Tenn. and I were in central Russia in 1999, it seemed the pressure being brought to bear by the Russian Orthodox Church brought more people our way.
This was shortly after the government recognized the Orthodox Church as Russia’s national religion. Russia’s government and the Orthodox Church always shared a rather close relationship, even during the days of the Communist Party.
Police officers came to our room one morning while we were having breakfast and told us our lives had been threatened. But we continued to teach.
Not long after that, the following year I think, the church was planted there in Sosnofka. God be praised for his amazing ways!