Edward and Julia Ananev
Missionaries in Russia
Edward grew up under the spiritual leadership of Bishop Nikolai Zalutsky in Pskov, Russia. He attended New Life Bible College in Pskov, established by Missionary Ventures, and graduated in 1994.
Edward has a calling on his life to serve in missions. “Here am I, send me” (Isaiah 6:8) has been his guiding word from God. He started by serving the Lord in youth ministry at the church and later became the director of the Pskov Bible College. In 2006 the Lord called him to serve as the Administrator for the Russian Union of Evangelical Churches in Moscow and later became the pastor for the Chinese churches in Moscow.
Edward currently lives in Moscow with his wife Julia and their son, Jan. He also has two adult daughters; Angelika and Liana, and two granddaughters; Kira and Maya. They have a ministry in Moscow where they serve Chinese and Vietnamese immigrants who have come to work. They preach the Gospel and teach them the scriptures.
Edward teaches in church-based Bible schools that Missionary Ventures established in Volgograd (South of Russia) and Barnaul (Western Siberia). These schools have grown, become mature training centers for ministers and are self-supporting.
Ukraine.Edward goes to East Ukraine where military action still continues. As a church they keep a distance from politics. Today there is a war in East Ukraine between the central authority (Kiev) and pro-Russian separatist regions (Donetsk and Luhansk). There is a lack of help to those who find themselves in the territory of pro-Russian separatists as Ukraine has rejected them and Russia also. My mission is to help those who are in need.
Zimbabwe.In 2021 Edward is planning a team of 4 to Gweru in Zimbabwe. They will build a missionary center in this town, replacing the one destroyed by fire. Along with doing the construction, they will preach the Gospel in nearby villages and serve in churches.
Nagorno-Karabakh .In 2020 a new ministry began in Nagorno-Karabakh. Two-thirds of this territory became a part of Nagorno-Karabakh because of the war between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh and Turkey from the other side. There are many human casualties and many refugees. Edward collects humanitarian aid and sends it to Stepanakert – the capitol city of this small country situated between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh . His team also ministers in the church in Stepanakert.
Edward Ananev Ph.D. is an author of three Russian books. The last one, written in 2018, is entitledChurch and the Mass Media,a practical guide to build good relationships with mass media in the present conditions where Russian churches exist. “In our country, there is no official persecution of Protestants, but still, we have unofficial pressure. There are many bureaucratic barriers and many lies about protestant churches in Russian mass media. My book tells readers how to counteract it and teaches to work with mass media constructively.”
We periodically go out into the bush with the local Maasai MD and do a mobile bush clinic and have had a team to do eye testing clinics for those living remotely. We have a program for providing hot lunches to the children at the nearby school. We have a ministry for Natural Medicine, growing plants that cure malaria and other ailments. We administer a Micro-Loan program to help small business owners become self-sustainable. Everything we get involved in is an opportunity to show the love of Christ in action.”
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