Meet The Correspondence Bible School, Prison Ministry, IPCO Spiritual Freedom
Meet The Correspondence Bible School, Prison Ministry, IPCO Spiritual Freedom
This is a correspondence Bible school, primarily focused on prison Ministry, but also families and friends of prisoners as well, sponsored by Evangelical Christians. Geographically we are located in Moscow, but we send our courses and other Christian literature to all CIS countries, And occasionally to other countries as well. Our materials are translated into Russian.
For over 20 years “Spiritual Freedom Russia” has been offering free correspondence Bible courses to prisoners and others in society. During this time, more than 80 thousand people had graduated from our program.
Those who want to enroll in our program have only to write and provide us with a relevant postal address. We, in response, will send for free all the necessary teaching materials and other Christian literature.
Our address is quite simple: 125167, Moscow, PO Box 1-A, “Spiritual Freedom.” As well you can apply your request by filling out the “CONTACT FORM” on our website. (For prisoners, we provide prepaid envelopes to be able to send the completed courses to our office for examination by our Bible instructors).
In our curriculum there are 43 correspondence courses from such schools as Emmaus, Navigators and others.
We wish you abundant blessings and success growing in the Word!
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this is an opportunity to share about the exciting Ministry to prisoners and their families and to the people from the society
which the Lord uses to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ, reaching the most abandoned
and unwanted by the society people in the most remote spots of Russia and countries of the former Soviet Union.
About all this things will tell you the employees themselves, which are faithfully and successfully
work in public charity organization name “Spiritual Freedom”.
I greet you from the name of “Spiritual Freedom”!
We are very happy to tell you how the Lord works through our Ministry and our Bible correspondence courses.
We are blessed to be a part of this work and to observe during
all sixteen years of our work in “Spiritual Freedom” how much people came to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Since 1993, more than 80 thousand students participated in our Bible study program,
from more than 600 prisons of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan.
These students completed nearly 500 thousand correspondence Bible study courses,
of such Bible schools as Emmaus, Navigator, Moody institution and others.
which we provide free of charge to everyone and not just prisoners.
Beside this our instructors-consultants also responded to hundreds of thousands of letters from our students,
answering their personal questions, helping in their life situations and needs.
In our country nowadays there are the difficult times, we do face serious challenges,
especially this is related to our Evangelical position, and to financial support.
Nevertheless, we are very grateful to the Lord for this opportunity to serve Him here in the “Spiritual Freedom”
As well we are extremely grateful to all of you who make this work possible,
through your prayers, financial support and encouragement.
Over the past few years, we have received many wonderful testimonies,
about how the Word of God penetrates through the chains of sin and prison bars.
And reaches the hearts of people, changing their mind, heart and destiny.
That is why this Ministry is so precious and joyous to us.
“I was very nervous, very worried and very sneaky, lied a lot, and was making the stories,
was envious, overly self-confident a fornicator and a drunkard.
Only after I found myself behind the bars, by the grace of God I came across the book “In prison but with Jesus”
And only then I did realize that there is a chance to be cleansed, get rid of sin and be saved.
And I decided to write to the address which was specified in the book.
My life views were changed, and I felt like God needs me,
was changed my attitude toward family, and I realized finally that I do have it,
was changed my attitude toward to the life I have the opportunity to spread the Word of God.
I’m calm and reasonable, and well-tempered. I have the joy of being saved and having eternal life.
My faith is strengthened day after day, thank God! Amen.
This is a testimony we received from Sergei in the zone of Krasnoyarsk city.
Ivan Golenko works in “Spiritual Freedom” since 2000 year.
Previously he worked for many years in Moscow criminal investigation department.
once during the detention, armed criminals had resisted,
he suffered serious injuries, despite lengthy treatment, was forced to retire on disability.
His main responsibility in the “Spiritual Freedom” is the primary processing of incoming correspondence.
Packing sets and formatting the initial sets of courses for new students.
That’s what gets every student from us: (by the way, absolutely free of charge)
this is the colorful booklet “the Most Important thing”, two initial correspondence Bible courses,
The “Good News” and “Know Jesus Christ”
The New Testament, the gospel of John called “The Living Water”,
as well we send a prepaid envelope.
Incoming mail is processed in the mailroom.
All correspondence registered in the accounting log.
Letter and courses are assigned to the instructors, usually those who have already begun work with the particular student.
After entering courses results into computer and checking the answers to the control questions,
Courses get into the hands of an instructor who evaluates and comments personally
student’s answers to the tasks of the Bible courses, gives advices and recommendations, answers student’s questions.
For each completed course as encouragement and approval,
we issue for the student a certificate of successful completion of the course,
which our students really appreciate and store them.
Simultaneously we’re training about one thousand five hundred people.
Over 16 years of work our instructors checked about a half million works,
from over than eighty thousand students.
In our Bible school the thousands of students are trained,
and every day we get courses and letters, including a grateful ones.
Now I want to read a letter from one of our students,
it came from the Amurskaya Lyubov Vasilievna from the city of Belogorsk.
– “It’s been a long time since I graduated from correspondence school,
but I’m still waiting every day that a new courses would come and I would love with all my pleasure to continue to do my studies.
I miss you very much, and I thank God that
he gave me the opportunity to hear about “Spiritual Freedom” and become your student.
studies and fellowship with you gave me the opportunity not only to explore more deeply the Word,
but along discovering God’s truth to live in accordance with the Word.
Many of our students such as Lubov are living in small towns in remote locations.
And for many people, our courses, this is the only opportunity to study
The God’s Word and to have fellowship with the believers.
Pastor Mikhail Fadin, (Baptist union), worked closely with the “Spiritual Freedom” from the very day of its foundation.
In the soviet times he was in prison, persecuted by the authorities for his faith.
We welcome the ministry of the “Spiritual Freedom” and very appreciate what is done by this organization.
Jesus Christ said so – “I was in prison, and ye came unto me”.
And that’s the reason for us to always pray for this very important ministry.
And we want to serve God wherever it’s possible that this ministry would go on for the glory of God.
For the testimony about the saving Gospel and for the salvation of many people.
And here are the brethren from our Church, the ministers, they too, worked in this ministry, together we were attending prisons and were spreading the Gospel.
Many people in prison do meet God, and evangelize in return their relatives.
May the Lord bless the ministry of “Spiritual Freedom” in spiritual and material sense and in everything.
Let He send them success and appreciation of many people so that they may serve the Lord and carry on this ministry for God. Amen.
The testimony of Christ to the people who remained outside the law, outside society, is a time when
I felt behind my back the living Lord, the word of the Savior, Who was speaking from behind my shoulders to the hearts
of my interlocutors in whose lives I’ve seen the real changes,
amazing miracles of God.
The services to God are manifold, and they are assigned to convey
the light of the gospel to many people and especially our task is to communicate the gospel to rejected people,
who are kept in the colonies, zones and prisons.
I am the editor of the magazine “The Gospel Behind the Barbed Wire”.
We produce this magazine specifically for prisoners.
Here we form this magazine from letters that come to us; there is many grateful letters.
Many people send letters in which to thank the ministry of “Spiritual Freedom”
and there are spiritual fruits when people study the Bible and take the Bible courses
and thus they coming to the knowledge of God.
Therefore, may God bless this ministry to continue and to have many spiritual fruits.
And to have joy for the glory of our Lord.
We received a letter from our student Yemets Sergey from Karelia,
he wrote a very strong testimony and even sent his picture.
He writes: “Today has passed about one and a half years from the moment of my enrollment in” Spiritual Freedom”.
Long story short, your result, so the result of Christ is achieved by one hundred percent.
I’m purified and took the cleansing bath that the Lord gave me.
I was convicted of a robbery and got six years of the general regime.
I will also inform you that I took heed to the Word and decided to repent publicly before the society
in committing a number of crimes of moderate severity.
Back in 2001, 2002 m years, being underage, I misbehaved a lot,
and was an unconscious sinner, I did not know how to live, I was brought up without a father.
Now, according to the Lord’s word, I did not hide all the crimes
and appealed to the Investigation Committee with a number of confessions.
I am ready for this and thank God for this insight.
I know, because I am absolutely sure that my future life in Christ will save many more lives, bringing them to the heavenly Father.
I feel a need to preach the gospel
and tell people what the Lord has done to me.
And as he pardoned me, I want them to know Jesus, because to know Him means to know life.
Lyudmila Zavyalova has been working in “Spiritual Freedom” since 1994.
She is the head of the post department of “Spiritual Freedom”, it’s duties include:
receiving, registration of incoming mail, assignment of courses and letters to instructors,
forming, preparing and sending outgoing mail.
We send a variety of courses, all in our program there are 43 names.
In our training we use the courses of the “Navigator” school,
initial series, teaching the Christian way of life.
And the subsequent series “Curriculum”.
We have 23 courses of the Emmaus Bible School.
“Born to win”, “What the Bible teaches”, “People who met the Lord.”
“In prison but with Jesus” and others.
The courses of Gene Gibson, as well as the course “the Good News” of the “Moody Bible institute”.
We also send more than twenty titles of Christian books,
of such authors as Josh McDowell,
The uniqueness of our school is that we send
all textbooks and all literature free of charge.
“Spiritual Freedom” also carries all postage costs.
For prisoners, we send a reverse envelope with stamps,
to send to us completed work for a reviews.
Good afternoon, or maybe evening, brothers and sisters.
I am Zadomskiy Alexander; my responsibilities include sending spiritual literature and courses.
Each month we send thousands of parcels with courses
500-600 primary packages for new students
and about the same number for students who continuing their education.
Our courses go to Karelia, Komi republic, the Urals, Siberia, Magadan, Primorsky Krai.
We have students in Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
The shipping cost depends on a weight of parcel,
which can range from one hundred grams to three pounds.
The average weight of one parcel is 450 grams,
the cost of sending in 2017 accounted for 2 USD.
The fact that this prisoners are part of potentially and overlooked part of the Harvest field.
Was appealing to us as a fellowship.
The fact that they are kind off of the beaten path
that there really be no glory no recognition
this side of Heaven for being involved with them, nothing to return to us.
And we kind of like that about coming alongside that ministry.
So they posses something very very voluble,
it might be irreplaceable we feel that it’s very important,
that this ministry not only continue to be survived and be supported but also that they would thrive.
Despite the fact that we do not send courses for some time, because we do not have enough finances,
we continue to receive letters that contain applications, requests,
to send courses on Bible study sent spiritual literature.
Hello, excuse me for not writing for a long time
at this moment was revealed some deterioration of my health and there is no work available
and no possibility to buy envelopes.
I am grateful to you for sending me courses on the study of the Scriptures, but they were not allowed by officials.
Knowing the scripture a little, I understood – “and persecute you,… for my Name’s sake”.
Still offensive, I was so much waiting for these lessons, the courses of studying the Scriptures.
I understand that the Lord God allowed me to be in prison for this purpose,
but you do not want to waste precious time in vain.
But well, Lord will judge and provide everything.
Please, write me a letter with an envelope will be waiting.
Then there was opened the zone for TB positive prisoners
and they took all of us who survived there to this zone
for TB positive guys.
I really was desperate for spiritual fellowship; I was already a believer, always read the gospel.
And I wanted a spiritual fellowship, and I prayed and said “Lord send me brothers that here with me would be a believer…”
Or I’d say, “God you know “Spiritual Freedom”, but I don’t have their address.”
This could happen that somehow I would run across “Spiritual Freedom”
contacts and I would be able to get their courses and to study Bible with their help.
And someday to our barrack came a man from another unit, whether he was an electrician, or someone else?
But here he came and in his hands there was one of these covers, the back part only, this one.
On this cover there was an address, and I had already, when I was in Moscow,
this very course which he held in the hands. And I noticed this address and it was “Spiritual Freedom”.
А/Я 1-А “Spiritual Freedom,” I say to him – “listen man give me that cover!”
And he saw that I’m way too interested by this cover and he says – “Come on, I’ll sell it for tea.”
Well, I went measured 100g of tea for him, then brought gave it to him,
he gave me this cover and I wrote a letter to “Spiritual freedom”.
I wrote that I’m a believer I turned to God and I would really like to do courses.
I sent this letter. And here is a month, there is no any answer, I thought well, it’s finished.
That mean that they wouldn’t send to me anything, it was such a disappointment for me, but after another month the courses finally came.
It means that this course came – “Know Jesus Christ,” and another course was Emmaus – “Born to win”.
And then there they send such beautiful certificates,
which says that such and such person have successfully completed the course “Born to win”.
And I was so inspired – “I was born to win”, I cried here and there
and the people who were convicts, they were surprised, – “why did you scream”?
And I kept going with that courses, and later on I found out from that courses that I do have eternal life,
and I was going around explaining people that I will live forever, they did not understood that either, then began to involve others,
that they would enroll these courses, some did enroll and began to write, but there were no believers anyway around me.
Then by the grace of God so happened that my TB was healed.
So I went to another zone. And there I met someone who also read the Bible.
I told him about being born again, he repented, accepted Christ in his heart,
I told him – you have to study Bible courses and he began to study in the “Spiritual Freedom”,
then second , then third, then we organized a group of brothers.
We all were engaged in courses in “Spiritual Freedom”, then we were praying together, that is so.
The Lord in my life began to work miracles and here is the fellowship,
support from “Spiritual Freedom”, for me they were very important.
Our communication with ministers took place in a personal way, back then I was at Butyrka,
I brought an exercise books, I want to show.
It is here a detention facility #2, cell 152, 20 Aug 1999,
this is mine, I had them filled, wrote them. I do keep them at my house as a relic.
Sometimes I get them out, have a look.
It helped me, I sometimes took the Bible, wrote out excerpts, took a pen, and wrote.
It helped me to focus on the Word of God and fill in these courses.
And when the ministers were coming on Butyrka twice a week we could communicate,
through this little window, they handed new courses to us, we were passing back completed ones.
they were giving literature to read to us, if necessary bringing the Bibles, and the New Testaments.
And each time you could just have a talk, and fellowship.
Over a time, when I was taken from Butyrka to Krasnaya Presnya after the trial, where I was convicted.
Where I was convicted, transferred to Krasnaya Presnya,
where I could wait an answer to an appeal which I applied.
There letters were coming, and despite of this, when I was brought to the Voronezh region, the town Borisoglebsk
in the correctional institution in which I was serving a sentence, letters were regularly arriving.
You know, it’s very interesting because …,
sometime seems like there are no people, you do not see them, but you know that they do exist somewhere.
They check your courses, make notes, give advices to you.
They conduct dialogues, here, in each letter, the teacher could write:
courses that I already filled in there on the spot, that is, it was not just a notebook with my answers,
for each answer was accompanied with a comment,
which a minister could write, and know there is such a feeling that people know you,
people lead you through your studies. They don’t just check your answers
or check the handbook, put the marks.
They empathize with you.
They try to understand what you feel, what’s on your heart
and give some advices that helps.
Moreover, there is a feeling that someone is praying for you,
and you can pray for them and be grateful.
This communication is even at a distance, at a certain distance,
all the same it helps a person, as to me in that case, to the prisoner located
far from home, far from his church, far from the believers in general.
Let’s say directly – in a hostile environment,
so you seem to be among the prisoners, but you are different.
You are different, you are not in this society, but you know, I knew that there are people who are worried about me,
who pray for me and help me to know God.
And you know this encourages very much, it helps a lot.
I am grateful to all the ministers, who then wrote to me.
Sasha, Dima, Volodya, Simon and there are a number of other disciples
and ministers, who just wrote me a letters, I am very grateful to them for that. Thank you.
In conclusion, we want to thank you for this opportunity to share with you,
what the Lord is doing through “Spiritual Freedom” here in Russia.
We very appreciate your interest in this work and your prayers and support.
Thanks, and may God bless you.
HOW TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO SPIRITUAL FREEDOM MINISTRY?
In USA – Please send your tax deductible gift through –
International Prison Ministry
Costa Mesa, Ca. 92628-2868
Gifts are to be made out to International Prison Ministry with a notation that the support is for Spiritual Freedom Russia
DONATION METHODS AVAILABLE IN RUSSIA
The option to donate through the Yandex Money payment service, here you can use VISA and MasterCard cards issued by any bank in Russia (promised to serve cards issued by foreign banks as well in close future), as well as virtual Yandex Money, if you have the appropriate account on this payment service.
As well there available transfers from the mobile phone account of the operators – MTS, Tele2, Beeline. With this donation option, the funds will go to the Yandex Money virtual account, however, as indicated in the picture to the right, a certain percentage will be charged when making the payment. The same percentage will be charged to us for the withdrawal of funds to the account of the organization.
Considering all the above, it is preferable to transfer donations on payment receipt through Sberbank of Russia.
However the choice is after you. We are grateful for any support of the ministry in any available form.
God Bless You.