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The Russia Initiative, which also includes the Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus, is a partnership among annual conferences, congregations, and institutions committed to church growth and development in that region. It is sponsored and organized by the General Board of Global Ministries.

The initiative began in the winter of 1991-92 under the leadership of the General Board of Global Ministries. Its primary purpose was to deliver food to Russia's Moscow Region.

Later Global Ministries expanded the project to include the re-establishment of Methodism in the former Soviet Union. The Eurasia Annual Conference was established in 1997, with expansion to four annual conferences in 2003 and a fifth annual conference in 2005. The Eurasia Conference emcompasses Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Eurasian Mission Perspective Drives Expansion in Russia InitiativeEurasian Mission Perspective Drives Expansion in Russia Initiative

04/25/11: Using a new set of directions, United Methodists from the United States and Eurasia recently mapped an innovative route for partnering in God's mission.


Choir celebrating 100 years of Methodism in Russia with joyful noise.Russia Consultation Celebrates Leaders

by Mary Beth Coudal
When the Russia Initiative mini-consultation meets on October 15, 2011, advocates will share stories of friendship and church growth.


Dr. W. James AthearnRussia Initiative Plans Mission Consultation

by Elliott Wright
02/18/11: "Come Walk with Us on the Road" is the theme of the 15th consultation of the United Methodist Russia Initiative, set for April 7-9, 2011, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


Bishop Sally Dyck Med IconMinnesota and Russia Partner to Make Dreams Come True

by Bishop Sally Dyck on minnesotaumc.org
7/2/10: Following the MN Conference, Bishop Dyck attended the Eurasia Northwest Conference near St. Petersburg, Russia.


Bishop Vaxby of Russia with five newly ordained men and women elders.Events To Consider United Methodist Future in Eurasia

by Elliott Wright
9/10/09: Bishops, mission executives, educators, and Mission Initiative coordinators are invited to a Roundtable in October.


The many faces of United Methodists in Russia.Series on 100 Years of Russian Methodism

United Methodist Communications at UMC.org
Stories, a slideshow, and video tell the story of Russian church growth despite brutal winters and communist oppression.


Digital camera; viewfinderRussia Mission Initiative Consultation XIV Photos

All Photos from Russia