Georgi Vins vision to spread
the Gospel in Russia lives today!
Today Georgi Vins' daughter, Natasha, with her husband Alexander, serve as missionaries in Russia bringing the Gospel to remote and hard-to-reach small villages scattered along two Siberian Rivers.
Most of the minority groups along the N. Tunguska and the Nepa Rivers in Siberia have never heard the Gospel. Now is the time to reach them.
Alexander and Natasha’s goal is to continue reaching for Christ the small villages along the Siberian Rivers, populated by Russians as well as Tungus and Evenks, native Siberian people groups.
The vast lands of the Siberian north form the remotest and most inaccessible region that covers thousands of square miles. Sparsely populated villages are far removed from the major roads and from each other. In the long months of Siberian winters, the only way to travel is on packed snow roads across land, frozen lakes, and rivers.
The settlements Alexander with his team is trying to reach are small: from 200 to 700 people. They are situated hundreds of miles apart, along the shallow rivers, navigable only for short periods—four to six weeks – in spring after the ice and snow melt.
Every spring, Alexander and his evangelistic team travel several hundred miles by truck on muddy roads from city Bratsk, where the ministry base is, toward the river where they launch their boats to navigate along the N. Tunguska and the Nepa Rivers.
They stop at every settlement going door-to-door to share the Gospel with villagers, distributing New Testaments and tracts, showing Gospel films, and holding day camps for teenagers and children.
Conditions to get to each village are harsh, as Alexander and his team have to overcome the rough terrain. They have to navigate their boats through the dense Siberian forests as these settlements are separated from each other by hundreds of miles.
Evangelists sleep in tents by the river where overnight temperatures often drop below freezing as the weather changes are unpredictable. Alexander and his team rely on God’s protection from attacks by wild animals or unfriendly villagers. Outreach is filled with significant obstacles, but the Lord resolves them one by one in answer to faithful prayers.
Pray for Alexander and his team to speak the mystery of Christ as they ought to speak (Col. 4:2-4). Pray for the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of these people in the uttermost parts of the earth, in a country where atheism reigned for decades, so that the seed of God’s Word might grow. Only our God of miracles can accomplish the impossible to open “the door of faith unto the Gentiles” (Acts 14:27). Please intercede for Alexander and Natasha as they endeavor to fulfill their mission by God’s grace.
Alexander and Natasha (Vins) Velichkin, when not in Russia, make their home base in Elkhart, Indiana. You may write to them at: P.O. Box 1188, Elkhart, IN, 46515.
Alexander and Paul with Evenk family - 2018
Overnight by the river on a Siberia mission trip - 2018