Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. -1 Thessalonians 2:8
Name(s): John and Julie Gerig
Host Country: Russian Federation
In 1993, John and Julie sensed God was redirecting their lives, and they followed His leading to Russia. They arrive in 1994 where they were part of the CoMission, a joint effort of several organizations to introduce a course of Biblically based morals and ethics to Russian school teachers.
This experience confirmed their call to Russia and in 1995, they moved to St. Petersburg for language study at St. Petersburg Christian University. Very soon, we recognized a need in the local church (non-Orthodox) for ministry to teenaged youth. Their ministry vision became, "to reach the teens of Russia through the church."
Since that time to the present, John continues to work in theological education and creates and participates in training events for youth leaders. He mentors younger youth leaders and publishes youth ministry resources. He and Julie work with youth in their Russian church and in the local International school. They periodically serve as leaders and helpers at conferences and camps for area teens.
John and Julie appreciate your prayers for their ministry, that they would continue to flourish in their ministry vision, in their relationship as a couple, and in their relationships with others. They also ask for continued prayers for their children's direction as young adults in the U.S. (Brandon, Andrew, Megan, and Daniel).