Article in Samaritan's Purse "PrayerPoint" magazine
Russia - The Omega Project
Although thousands of Jews fled Russia during the Soviet era, recent estimates indicate that at least a million Jewish families still live there. Emerging from decades of economic hardship and anti-Semitism, many are desperate to find meaning in their lives. From Moscow to Siberia, there is an unprecedented hunger to hear from God.
A British couple launched a strategic initiative in March 2003 to make a special Bible available to Russian Jews who are interested in reading God's Word. Known as the Omega Project, the outreach is a systematic effort to offer a free Bible to every Jewish home in Russia.
A distinctive Bible was needed to celebrate Jewish heritage. A unique cover was designed with striking illustrations of the Star of David and a menorah. Inside is a special feature highlighting Biblical references to God's promises to the Jews, including the Messianic prophecies.
In partnership with a Russian Messianic congregation, the Omega Project began by mailing 60,000 postcards offering Bibles to Jews in a remote Siberian city. More than 2,600 responded to the offer. Cards are now being sent to Jewish households in other Russian cities, and more than 7,000 have asked for Bibles. Samaritan's Purse provided 1,000 of these Bibles to help meet the demand.
Through this ministry, Russian Jews who might never have picked up a traditional Bible are reading God's Word for themselves. And many are coming to faith in Jesus-Yeshua in Hebrew-as their promised Savior and Redeemer.
"I read the Messianic prophecies featured at the back of the book and realized that Yeshua is my Messiah," said a young Jewish man in Moscow. "Now, as a follower of Yeshua, I live to tell others'"
Thousands of Russian Jews have returned these postcards
to receive Bibles that help them recognize Jesus as the