FEBC Reaching Russian-Speaking Jews

FEBC in RussiaWith the help of a faithful donor, FEBC-Russian Ministries recently launched a weekly program targeted to Russian-speaking Jews in Russia and Ukraine.

The 15-minute pre-recorded program, Shalom, focuses on specific topics such as the connections between the Old and New Testaments, Jesus Christ and Daniel, and the history and common threads between Jewish and Christian holidays.

Following Shalom is a 45-minute live, evangelistic call-in program with guest speakers who address listeners’ questions and invite people to visit local churches.

While it typically takes several broadcasts to prompt an audience response, listeners were quick to contact FEBC about Shalom.

“After I listened to the program about Abraham and the Savior, I decided to visit a church," wrote one listener from Moscow. "I was going there as a skeptic. This was my first visit to an evangelical church. However, as I was standing there, I felt the Spirit of God. It was a wonderful feeling. I felt some kind of inexplicable joy I had never felt before. I never expected to feel such joy in a church, and I never expected to cry….”

Another listener, from St. Petersburg, wrote: “It was very interesting to hear a program for Jews on your Christian station. Several years ago I visited a Messianic church, but did not stay; I didn’t want to betray the memory of my relatives. Recently, a friend asked me to tune in to your station. I listened to how people came to God, and it had quite an impact on me. I began thinking, what is more important, not offending the memory of my relatives or building a relationship with God? I want to find out more about Jeshua. Thank you for this program.”

FEBC estimates there are 1-3 million Jewish people living in Russia and Ukraine alone. With main studios in Moscow and St. Petersburg, FEBC Russia broadcasters reach not only Russia but other countries with sizable Russian-speaking populations such as Kazakhstan, as well as several ethnic people groups.

Published: May 1, 2014