Russia Ministry

러시아 사역

Underground University Russia enables the church in Russia and the former Soviet Union to prepare for martyrdom and persecution amidst escalating legal restrictions. Such preparation must focus on helping the church here to remain one body with the faithful church around the world today and throughout history.

Underground University Russia

UU 러시아


Nine Ukrainian pastors and church leaders gathered in Romania for our second training of 2022 in November. We had expected seven more participants, but due to a variety of factors (sickness, passport trouble, etc), they couldn’t attend this training.

For a full report of this training, please see our recent press release at

2022-4Q Report Lunch

All of our meals ended with the participants singing several songs of praise to the Lord.

2022-4Q Report Training 1

Pastor Foley teaches the opening session of our training.


These pastors shared some of their thoughts with us after they had returned home to Ukraine. We are sharing them below with minimal editing.

1. Pastor S

We are very grateful to God that we had the opportunity to participate in the training. Your ministry is very important, especially your teaching on family as the center of Christian life on the basis of the Bible. It is important to remember not giving up meeting together and that is not only about a church but about a family as well. In our 21st century there is a big shortage or lack of it. Families are falling apart as the there is no communication between the members. Thank God for everything.

2022-4Q Report Prison 4

Three Ukrainian pastors stand underneath the entrance to Jilava Prison.

2. Pastor A

We are grateful to God that we could take part in the training. Pastor Foley and Dr. Foley extensively covered the subject of the suffering of martyrs for faith in God, using the example of Pastor Richard Wurmbrand and others who were tortured by the communist authorities. And also they told us about the persecution of Christians living in North Korea, about their steadfastness and perseverance in the faith at the present time, so that it will serve many to follow in faith and be faithful witnesses in preaching the gospel.

3. Pastor L

The seminar was important and did not go in vain. One begins to realize that something is changing, as if looking at yourself from the aside, and what I saw was not flattering . There was a certain unity with the group and it’s great. I was really impressed with visiting the prison, especially the cell of a priest filled with a prayer spirit and living communication with God. I am grateful to the Lord and the organizers of this seminar. I am grateful that there are Christians whose love for God grows in difficult circumstances.

4. Sister P

My name is P., I live in Kiev, my husband and I are church ministers here. Together with a small group of people who stayed in Kiev we try to share the Gospel and serve people in different practical ways. In November, VOMK invited my husband to a meeting in Romania. For some reason he cannot leave the country now and he offered me to go there. I agreed. I didn’t know until the end what to expect and what the meeting would be, but I knew God was sending me there. In Bucharest I met the VOMK team and another sister from the Netherlands (their colleague) as well as a group of faithful pastors from the Ukraine. We were able to share with each other our testimonies, our faith, our joy and pain that all who have left Ukraine and those who choose to stay now live with, encouraging each other.

In the three days we spent together, the words “faithful witness” resounded in a new way for me, and I want my life and my decisions to bear witness of Christ and to what He has done. That my actions confirm my words. I was also affirmed in the importance of family ministry – when each family member does not live their own separate lives, but spend time together, value each other, pray together, serve each other, listen to each other – and such simple things even help to bring healing from serious psychological trauma.

2022-4Q Report Prison 1

One of the participants reads the information about Pastor Wurmbrand at Jilava Prison.

I am so grateful to the VOMK team for their support and encouragement, for the opportunity to reboot, to renew my faith and strength for further ministry, and for the power of testimony I heard from many people who are also going through difficult times but continue to serve the Lord faithfully in the place He called them to.

5. Sister H

I am very grateful to GOD for this seminar, all these three days of learning to communicate with you, glorifying God with songs and prayers, are very dear to me and I really appreciate your ministry. The first day was a very strong topic, “Faithful witness.” Talking about GOD to convey his Word to people is not an easy internal struggle, anxiety, but the Word must overcome.  I thank Pastor Foley for strong teaching on this subject. In the second day, we’ve been reminded about Hebrews 10:25. Thanks to Dr. Foley for her beautiful kind heart. Dr Foley was teaching on house worship, how to heal the body, soul and spirit, how to help family members create a new story that would help overcome trauma. I am grateful to Pastor Tim for the third day, especially for his personal testimony and teaching on the Book of Jeremiah, that it is the responsibility of the servant of GOD to convey to the people the true word of God, and to intercede for the people before GOD in prayer.

Such seminars are needed for all pastors who are responsible for family ministries and who preach the faithful Word of Jesus Christ.

Thank you for organizing a trip to prison (where Richard Wurmbrand was imprisoned). For the first time, I had a strong impression left in my heart that to preserve faith in God cost so much, what a strong love imprisoned Christians had. Thank you for the book. May God bless the work of God and all your projects in the new year. May God’s blessings come. See you.

2022-4Q Report Pastor H

Pastor H. dedicates the baby of Pastor N. and his wife. Through our UU Russia training, Pastor N. received funds to continue his faithful witness in the DPR. He also received cards of encouragement from Dutch Christians.

Please Pray With Us For The Following Requests:

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  • Pray for our upcoming UU Russia training. Our training will be comprised Christian leaders from various Russian speaking ethnicities. Please pray for the planning of all the details. This training will be held during the first quarter of 2023.
  • Please pray for Pastor H. and his network of five churches that we are supporting. Pray that each of these pastors and deacons would make a faithful witness in the difficult circumstances that they are in. Many of them have large families without the ability to support them financially.


  1. Joe Sanders

    Says June 10, 2021 at am 5:32

    It was just a matter of time with persecution growing in Russia again and appearing that the authorities are colluding with some in the Russian Orthodox church to do so as they did prior to the Bolshevik revolution. Thank you VOMK for listening to the Lord about discipling Russian believers and preparing them for persecution.

    • Pastor Tim

      Says June 15, 2021 at am 10:27

      Thanks for your comment Joe! Yes . . . we need to keep lifting up our Russian brothers and sisters in prayer. ~ Pastor Tim

  2. Ariel Lohberger

    Says September 08, 2021 at am 12:21

    I thank you for telling how we can pray for these needs…I pray the requests word for word, aloud, to join you in praying corporately for these Christians and their churches. God bless them and you.

    • Pastor Tim

      Says September 10, 2021 at pm 4:22

      Hi Ariel! Great to hear from you. It’s great to hear that you are praying for these needs. God Bless ~ Pastor Tim

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