Update – Jim Liljegren – Russia
Subject: LILJEGREN MISSION TRIP 3/31
Dear Family and Friends,
I arrived in snowy and cold Stockholm last night and was met by church planter Alexander Markov. He has been here about 3 years with good results. There are about 70-80,000 Russian speakers in Sweden. His Sunday afternoon worship gathering has about 20 regular Russian speaking people with an expanding leadership core. I met his leadership team at his home for a Bible study and prayer time last night. Very impressive group and they are totally committed to him and his vision which is very exciting!
After talking with him today, I found out he really needs a worship leader! They don’t have anyone right now who can do this. Also, he needs additional support of about $300 per month. His ministry is tied into New Life Free Church here in Stockholm but his monthly need is more than they can meet. Pray that God will meet this need and extend the reach and effectiveness of this fledgling church.
One of the purposes of my Stockholm trip was to connect with 19 year old Andres, who I led to Christ last summer at the Czech Family Camp. He has had struggles with bad influences since the camp and does not have the fortitude to say “no” to temptation. I didn’t really know if he would meet with me so I took a risk in coming here. But, we had a very nice dinner together tonight with Alexander. I learned that two of his best “friends” have left Sweden and I am thankful for that. We had a good heart to heart so please pray that he will start reading the Bible and going to Alexander’s church service and find new Christian friends. This is real spiritual warfare!!! Pray that Andres will trust God completely and submit joyfully to the discipline of the Spirit.
Tomorrow I fly to Prague and on to Zurich on Monday. Your prayers are really appreciated!!
Jim (or yimmy)
Here is the remainder of Jim’s itinerary:
Sun. April 1 – Fly to Prague/Attend Pastor Gennady’s Russian speaking church
Mon. April 2 – Fly to Zurich with Pastor Gennady
Tues. April 3 – Zurich meeting with Russian speaking believers
Wed. April 4 – Fly to London with Pastor Gennady
Thurs. – Fri. April 5-6: London meeting with Russian ministry leader and believers in his small church
Sat. April 7 – Fly Home
Please continue to P.R.A.Y. for the logistics of this trip and for Spirit led planning and relationship building.