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Fred Sampan
Coordinator of Mission of Christ to Moldova and Georgia in Finland
fredie811@yahoo.com
phone +358 50 4934880
Home address: Otsotie 4, 01900 Nurmijarvi, FINLAND

History

Mission of Christ to Moldova and Georgia Bringing the Gospel and helping the poor Message from the founders: Fred and Heli Sampan After serving the Lord in Christ is the Answer for 16 year and my wife for 11 year. We left CITA Ukraine 1998 As we always felt until now that our heart and soul are part of CITA Ministry because of the life style how to serve the Lord. Year 1998 we left Christ is the Answer as we felt the Lord is turning the page of our mission work by calling us to start a new work in the country of Moldova.

During the year of 1999,we prepared all necessary things, I bouth a old Lada car (a russian car) and old trailer packed with personal things and some equipment for evangelism.

Month of October 1999 we board the cargo boat from Helsinki to Poland to start our journey and from Poland we started to drive crossing Poland and Ukraine to Moldova, it took us a week to arrived, experiencing a of difficulties in the way, but the Lord gave us strength and faith. Mission Georgia Since the Georgian independence 1991 the country haven't experienced the freedom of Religion. Because of strong Orthodox influence in the society, not much open evangelism have been done, because of restriction for permission to be granted. Georgian believers are best placed to reach the ethnic minorities but need sensitivity and encouragement in doing so. There have been some outreaches to Muslims.

Lack of resources and expectations of foreign funds hold back local initiatives. The country is in much poverty and as usual accompanied by corruption. Month of May 2005 we send a small outreach group from our team from Moldova to spy the land for two weeks. The Lord blessed the time of the team in many different ways. We felt in our hearts that the Lord is opening doors for us to expand our mission work in the country of Georgia. In the spring of 2006 we will start to work regularly in Georgia in order to establish the new mission work in that country.

We will set up our mission base in the city of Batumi. It is the capital of autonomous Republic of Ajaria, the population there is mostly Muslim. Backround: The region of present-day Georgia contains the ancient kingdoms of Colchis and Kartli-Iberia. The area came under Roman influence in the first centuries AD and Christianity became the state religion in the 330s. Domination by Persians, Arabs, and Turks was followed by a Georgian golden age (11th to the 13th centuries) that was cut short by the Mongol invasion of 1236.

The Ottoman and Persian empires competed for influence in the region. Georgia was absorbed into the Russian Empire in the 19th century. Independent for three years (1918-1921) following the Russian revolution, it was forcibly incorporated into the USSR until the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991.

Despite many problems, some progress on market reforms and democratization has been made since then. An attempt by the government to manipulate the elections in November 2003 a widespread protests that led to the resignation of Eduard SHEVARDNADZE, president since 1995.

New elections in early 2004 swept Mikheil SAAKASHVILI into power along with his National Movement Party. Border countries: Armenia 164 km, Azerbaijan 322 km, Russia 723 km, Turkey 252 km. Population: 4,677,401 (July 2005). Ethnic groups: Georgian 83.8%, Azeri 6.5%, Armenian 5.7%, Russian 1.5%, other 2.5% (2002 census). Religions: Orthodox Christian 83.9%, Armenian-Gregorian 3.9%, Catholic 0.8%, Muslim 9.9%, other 0.8%, none 0.7% (2002 census). Languages: Georgian 71% (official), Russian 9%, Armenian 7%, Azeri 6%, other 7% Capital: T'bilisi note: Abkhaz is the official language in Abkhazia

Ministry

Bringing the Gospel and Helping the poor.

Needs

Pray for guidedance from the Lord for expansion workers and finances to support the local workers.

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