This winter the New York Times published an article about the
difficulty facing the citizens of Ulyanovsk, Russia due to the
world economic crisis. Ulyanovsk, located on the mighty Volga
River, is a transportation hub connecting Russian cities with
the vast area of Siberia to the east. Four members of the ICCF
Board have been to Russia on Mission Trips with the Nazarene
Church, and three have been to Ulyanovsk, the city of Lenin’s
birthplace. Pastor Masha is the focal point of the ICCF
donations there. The emphasis has been on the purchase of
articles of clothing desperately needed during the harsh winter.
These children attend the after school programs run by Pastor
Masha and her Church. Some of the donations have also been used
to provide food to the families of some of these children. Two
Board members of the ICCF went with a Nazarene New Engladn
District Worker and Witness Team to Ulyanovsk in July 2008, and
met some of these children at a “VBS” presented by the Team.
Members of the ICCF left some money with Masha, and there have
two follow-up donations. It is obvious from the many emails we
have received that Masha faces many, many difficult choices.