After being forced to leave Russia, the Lord directed us to work with the enormous Russian-speaking population of New York City. There are over 600,000 Russians in NYC. We first began having services in September 2004 and continue to see God grow this church. We have three weekly church services in Brooklyn, and two weekly Bible studies in the borough of Queens. The need for a ministry like this is such that our people sometimes travel three hours one way to reach our church, and we have had regular attenders from New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. Our congregation represents over half of the now-independent countries that used to comprise the Soviet Union, with religious backgrounds in Judaism, Islam, atheism and the Russian Orthodox Church. New York City (with its huge and multinational population located within the borders of the United States) is a great destination for mission trips, and we welcome any opportunity to present the needs of this “foreign ministry on domestic soil” to new churches as we seek to gain our full support and raise up additional prayer partners for this ministry.
The Russian community in New York City is the largest concentration of Russian people anywhere in the world outside the borders of Russia itself. Numbering 600,000 people, the size of the Russian community makes it easy for Russian people to live and function in the city, even if they have no knowledge of the English language.