Thomas Bevers

Russian Language Church Plant, Ohio
Lead Church Planter
Cincinnati Ohio
Russian Language Church Plant
March 25

About My Family

My name is Tom Bevers, my wife is Nino, and our children are Anna Maria (12), Natia (6) and Vako (<1). My wife and I met while I was an International Mission Board (IMB) missionary in the Republic of Georgia, where she is from. We live on the east side of Cincinnati where I pastor an English congregation while at the same time planting a language work. We speak three languages in our home, English, Georgian and Russian. People always assume that Georgian and Russian are similar but they are actually about as alike and English and Chinese. I am glad my children will grow to be trilingual. We travel to my wife's home country every couple of years so our children can get acclimated to their cultural heritage and, more important, so they can see their grandparents.

About My Church Plant

We are planting a church among the Russian speaking immigrants of Cincinnati. I always make sure I clarify that our ministry is to Russian speakers. After the break of the Soviet Union there were many countries that became independent but still primarily speak the Russian language. Therefore our ministry encompasses people from many different countries as well as different faiths. We meet Muslims, Orthodox Christians and atheists. Our goal is to overcome some barriers that exist between these people while at the same time, of course, winning as many to Christ as possible and incorporating them into a body of believers from a variety of lands, a variety of faiths all living in a country not their own.

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Pray

That we might find Russian speakers. That we might find ways to minister to and develop relationships with Russian speakers. That God would supernaturally cause Russian speakers, especially Muslims to seek us out. That the Russian speakers we find would be open to the gospel. That God might raise up leaders among our small but growing group. That God would lead partners to work with us.

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