The coronavirus pandemic is shattering the global economy, but one missions organization says it's also bringing an unparalleled opportunity to share the gospel.
Russia seems to be struggling with its COVID numbers, according to Fox News and others. Its former Soviet satellite countries are also bending under the weight of the pandemic, as their fragile economies sink deeper into a financial abyss from which they will have a hard time recovering, according to Michael Johnson, president of the Slavic Gospel Association (SGA).
"Those economies are in shambles right now," he tells OneNewsNow. "Our economy is obviously struggling, but in those countries, they go to the store, they try to purchase food items, the shelves are bare, and it's going to be weeks until they're replenished."
But like Americans, Russians and citizens of the Baltics are looking for meaning amid the crisis.
"People all around the world are questioning their values, they're questioning their faith, and many people are questioning their own mortality, because they could walk into a store tomorrow, catch the virus, and be gone within two weeks," says Johnson.
So the SGA president says the fields are ripe for the harvest.
"This pandemic represents the greatest opportunity for the proclamation of the gospel in modern-day history," he asserts.
He is asking American Christians, even in the middle of their own struggles, to remember those who are in worse shape in the former Soviet Bloc countries.
"We have a supply chain to get resources into the hands of these churches, in the ten countries of the former Soviet Union, so that they can meet the needs of the people at their point of need," Johnson tells OneNewsNow.