RUSSIA – INSTITUTE FOR BIBLE TRANSLATION (IBT)
Vitaly has been working with the Institute for Bible Translation (IBT) in Russia/CIS (www.ibtrussia.org) since 1998, first as an exegete in the Tuvan and Gagauz translation projects, and since late 2013 as IBT’s director. IBT has been serving the non-Slavic peoples of the former Soviet Union for four decades by translating the Holy Scriptures – Bibles, New Testaments, individual Bible books, and illustrated children’s Bibles – so that everyone would have access to the Word of God in their mother tongue. IBT has so far produced printed Scripture materials in 80 languages, and is now getting more involved in Bible translation “beyond print,” including audio recordings and video translations for the deaf.
Vitaly finds this job to be stretching him in ways he has never before been stretched. Only God’s grace and strength keep him going most of the time, but he is grateful to the Lord for the privilege of participating in Bible translation work. Oksana is a full-time homemaker who is kept very busy at all times by the Voinovs’ six children and her husband.
- That Bible translation work would not be harmed by the continued deterioration of the Russian political climate.
- For the Caucasus region of Russia. This is one of the last “strongholds” where there are still many small ethnic groups that have no Scripture in their language, but the fear of Muslim extremists prevents such projects from getting started.
- Pray that distribution of four new full Bibles – Tatar (supported by CSPC), Crimean Tatar, Turkmen, Uzbek – would not be hampered by government interference. Praise God that these were printed in 2016 and early 2017.
- For the successful audio recording of the Old Testament in the Tuvan, Chechen, and Tatar languages.
- For the church that the Voinovs attend in Moscow. It has many difficulties, both physical and spiritual. Pray for God’s Spirit to revive this congregation.
RUSSIA, 105554 Moscow, ul. Pervomaiskaya 74, Apt. 77, Voinova Oksana; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.voinovweb.net
Children: Nathaniel (2/14/01), Elijah (1/9/03), Luke (6/11/05), Josiah Lyle (1/11/07), Abigail (12/17/2010), Amelia (8/6/2012)
Birthdays: Vitaly (9/17), Oksana (2/6) Anniversary: September 4