Andrew and Suzette Lewis, Evangelist and Women's Ministry Leader from the Toronto Church of Christ, travelled to Russia for the first time this past summer, representing the Canadian-Urals Missions Alliance and bringing great teaching, wise counsel, and fresh faith to the churches they visited in the Ural Mountains and Siberia. In the photo far left, the Lewises share greetings from Toronto brothers and sisters at the 25th Anniversary Celebration service in Yekaterinburg (above, center). Above right, Andrew and Suzette are pictured with Elya and Dima Belanov, who were converted as young marrieds in Novosibirsk, and now, as an experienced Evangelist and Women's Minister, they are living in Rostov-on-the-Don, Russia, for a period of six months to strengthen and encourage that church.
The photo above is Dima and Elya with a great young couple they have been training in the ministry: Georgi and Polina Diasamidze. Georgi is from (formerly Soviet) Georgia, Polina is from Russia. This has been made possible thanks to special contribution donations from the Canadian-Urals Missions Alliance -- without that support, Georgi and Polina would not have been offered a ministry position, and the church in Rostov would not be getting much-needed encouragement and refreshment: the Diasamidzes are assisting the Belanovs in strengthening the church in Rostov, and may remain there as part of the leadership team if that seems to be the Lord's will.
The Lewises worked hard during their trip to Russia! They visited disciples in their homes, like Andrei and Nastya Matveyev and their son Ilya, who have just recently moved to lead the church in Chelyabinsk of about 40 disciples. The Matveyevs' apartment is on the ground floor -- the photo top left show their three windows; the center photo is the front door and above right is the hallway between the front door and their apartment, which is the first one on the left at the top of the stairs.
Above left: Nastya Matveyeva and Suzette Lewis; Center: Andrei Matveyev and Andrew Lewis; Above right: Ilya Matveyev and Andrew Lewis, at the Matveyevs' home.
Andrew and Suzette spoke to several different groups in each of the cities they visited. Above left, Suzette shows photos of her family and the Toronto church to some of the sisters after women's midweek, in Chelyabinsk, where she inspired all the women with the story of her life (that's what they wanted most to hear -- how to stay faithful through trials!). The Lewises also met with the small group leaders. Above Center, Andrew is surrounded by some of the Chelyabinsk brothers after midweek; and in the photo above right, the Belanovs, Lewises and Andy and Tammy Fleming prepare to say goodbye to Chelyabinsk and drive a 215 kilometers (two and a half hours) to Yekaterinburg.