Building His Tabernacle In The Urban Wilderness
The Russian Community Life Center is a ministry established
and mostly operated by Russian Jewish immigrants to Brooklyn, New York. Our mission is to bring about the social, physical
and spiritual birth of the Russian community in the United States. We begin in Brooklyn.
Ours is an independent charitable
service and Gospel outreach organization whose purpose is to transform the Russian immigrant community in a manner that will
glorify Messiah Jesus.
Russian immigrants need stable community relationships as well as individual spiritual rebirth.
With love, we want to empower immigrants to progress in America while maintaining their special identity.
we want them to realize their true identity in the Messiah. Thus, every program is prayerfully intended to offer service,
saturated by the Gospel.
As the Lord leads and enables, our work involves at least three elements.
desire to faithfully improve what we are already doing so the Lord can bless us with more according to His plan.
we hope to expand the variety and availability of programs offered.
Third, we anticipate much greater fruit through
the ministry opportunities made possible by a facility operating in the epicenter of Russian Jewish Brooklyn.
prayerfully seek to recognize various parts of the Russian community, and to discern and follow God's greatest ways for us
to care for them.
The Russian Community Life Center was established as an IRS
501(c)(3) in 1996, but its work began in 1993. It was started by Russian Jewish believers who offered English/Bible classes
that would also introduce immigrants to Messiah Jesus.
The executive director was hired in 1998 and we have had a facility
within Russian Jewish Brooklyn since 1999. Thousands of needy immigrants have been served, and hundreds have trusted Messiah
Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
Our ministry works among the 300,000 Russian Jewish immigrants who have come to Brooklyn
since the late 1980s. We serve other Russian-speaking people as well, including many Muslims from the Central Asian republics.
1999 study shows that New York City’s multitude of immigrants from the Former Soviet Union is the most highly educated people
group in the history of immigration. We respectfully concur.
Secular and Jewish programs give English instruction,
but our English/Bible and other classes additionally meet immigrants' most important need – to know Jesus.
that each student who continues in our classes improves in valuable skills. We also know that each student who attends even
once hears the Gospel in a penetrating way. Many respond to the Lord right in the classroom.
Through our classroom
programs, as well as through our Russian-language media and event outreaches, we are eager to serve more thousands of immigrants
and see more souls saved by Messiah Jesus.
"But if their transgression means riches for the world,
and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their fullness bring!
For if their rejection
is the reconciliation of the world, what will their
acceptance be but life from the dead?" (Romans 11:12, 15)