THE GOSPEL FOR KARELIA
The main priority of One Way’s ministry in Russia is evangelization and humanitarian aid. These ministries are carried out in various ways and in various places in different parts of Karelia. Music-rich testimony and evangelization events are held in the plazas of larger places such a Vyborg and Käkisalmi. Often members of local churches attend these events.
During trips to Russia, we have often visited Koivisto’s children’s home which is a boarding school for orphans and children in need of special education. One Way’s teams have also helped in renovating the deteriorating boarding school in addition to evangelization and humanitarian aid. Another place we regularly visit is the home for drug addicts in Kirvu. In addition to the Gospel, we deliver humanitarian aid for them as well.
Meetings are held also at the children’s club in Heinjoki which is located near Vyborg. Quite a few adults as well are drawn to these meetings. We also visit Käkisalmi where we partner with Evangelist Valentina Kutuzova and her church that operates in Kaarlahti.
Mission work among Jews is done among the Jewish community of Käkisalmi and also along with the messianic church in Vyborg. Through this One Way has become acquainted with the New Wine band which has performed a number times in Finland.
Areas of Ministry
Our children’s ministry consists of i.a. visiting children’s homes, supporting them financially and ministering to street children as well as supporting those who do the same.
Koivisto’s children’s home
Koivisto’s children’s home, the boarding school for orphans and children in need of special education, has become a kind of sponsorship target. We make it our goal to visit the children’s home during each trip. About 85 children are staying at the children’s home. Some of them do not have parents at all and some are from difficult social backgrounds. The staff at the children’s home look very favorably on our visits.
One Way’s teams have also helped in renovating the deteriorating boarding school in addition to evangelization and humanitarian aid. During the spring of 2007, we began a prayer sponsorship program for which we are looking for sponsors who will pray for the child assigned to them and remember them during Christmas and on their birthday with a small present.
At Kallvik’s mansion in Finland, a summer camp was organized during six summers for those orphans at Koivisto’s children’s home who did not have any surviving relatives or acquaintances. While the rest of the children at the boarding school went on holidays to visit their relatives these orphans came to Finland. The camps have been a great blessing and have carried the children and the caretakers a long way. In 2015 however, children’s foreign travels were banned and thus, we had to stop holding the summer camps.