"LTTW is an evangelical tool of the church. The main goal is to lead the students and their families to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ by helping them accept Him as Lord and Savior." - Alex Gribov, Principal of Light To The World (LTTW) Christian Academy.
LTTW also provides a quality education guided by the highest academic standards in Russia. In July 2013, it was ranked 1st of several hundred schools in the Kostroma Region. Many of LTTW’s students have won national awards.
LTTW is fully recognized and licensed by the government. Graduates are able to attend, and are accepted by, any college or university in Russia they choose. Each year at LTTW, the surrounding community is eager to enroll their children with about 45 families vying for one of only twelve openings in the first grade.
The most important education students receive is the message of God’s love and forgiveness through faith in Jesus Christ. The students are regularly taught the Bible throughout the eleven years they attend the academy. For most of these children, this will be the first and only place they hear about Jesus.
When you sponsor Light to the World Christian Academy, you give students much more than an education. Less than 1% of all Russians have received Christ as Lord. For many of these students, attending LTTW will be the first time they have heard the good news - that God loves them enough to offer the free gift of salvation to them. By sponsoring LTTW with a minimum commitment of $25 a month, you will have the opportunity to correspond with a student and their family by mail, and you could even take a trip to Kostroma to visit them!
To sign up or for more information on how you can sponsor Light to the World Christian Academy
and correspond with a student, please email email@example.com.
My Way Christian youth camp is a huge success every Summer in Kostroma! During the Summer of 2015, there were 3 separate weeks of camp (younger children, teens, and young adults). Camp consists of first building the camp: the worship tent, picnic tables, volleyball court, etc. Also, setting up sleeping areas, outhouses, and showers must be done. Then, there are games, swimming, worship services with a full band and sermon. Sometimes moose like to wander onto camp! These kids absolutely love camp! They love making new friends, deepening existing friendships, and learning about God and praising His name! This is an incredible tool for winning Russians to Christ. Though Russian laws prohibit those under 18 to make a decision for Christ without parental consent, it is still worth every moment, every drop of sweat to spend a week sleeping on the ground, sharing the Gospel with these young people.
While at university, Natalia studied to become a teacher. She was assigned by the government to complete her student teaching at Light to the World Christian Academy. At this time, she was an Atheist. However, throughout her time at LTTW, she very quickly came to understand what it means to follow Christ and after her student teaching was over, she applied for a teaching position at LTTW and gave her life to Christ. She is pictured here at My Way Christian youth camp as a sponsor. Her love for Christ and others is strong and inspiring.
Sasha (pictured on the right) attends Light to the World Christian Academy and has done so for 7 years. She speaks English well and is very interested in getting better and better. So, Alex, principal of LTTW invited Sasha to accompany a group of Americans around Kostroma to translate and practice her English. She led Jessica's (pictured on the left) group around some historical sites for a day and spent some time getting to know each other. Then on Sunday, Sasha showed up at Kostroma Christian Church to see her new American friends. Despite having been invited numerous times by teachers and classmates, this particular Sunday was Sasha's first time attending a Christian church service. She says that though she has learned about Christianity in school, it is a foreign concept to her and her family. MTR is pleased to have been used by God in bringing Sasha to church for the first time, and sees it as a step toward a relationship with Christ!