The people of Belarus currently are suffering from the effect of three generations of Communist domination and Atheism. While the Eastern Orthodox Church has survived and has begun rebuilding, they have devolved into an empty ritualism that by no means satisfies the spiritual hunger of the common person. This has resulted in a widespread apathy towards religion as they know it, being dead dry and unfulfilling.
While many of the people nominally classify themselves as Christian, they basically give a nod to the Church on Christmas and Easter and the rest of the year go their own way and wonder why they feel so empty. The basic plan for church building follows these lines.
When we first arrive in a target town we flyer the town and promote a big exciting meeting. We try to get as many people as possible to attend. At the meeting we present a program of popular music centered on the gospel message. We also present talk, testimony, and witnessing of the “Good News”.
Generally 10-30 people will accept Christ as their personal savior. These people are then identified as the nucleus around which the church will be established in that town. Over a period of three years they are educated in reaching out into their community, building a physical structure to hold their meetings, and identifying Christian leaders for their group.