Understanding that exchange trips can both broaden and enrich young lives,
MVERN has taken 188 American youth to Russia on nine mission/pilgrimage
trips since 1997.
After exploring the history and culture of ancient and modern Russia in
St. Petersburg and Novgorod, the teens spent eight days in Sablino where
they helped lead the annual summer camp at the Sablino Youth Center and
worked with Russian teens on various service projects.
Youth on one trip dug a foundation for the expansion of St. Nicholas
Church; another group laid a processional path around the church.
Additionally, MVERN youth travelers landscaped the chapel in the center
of town. As they work with Russian teens, American youth learn that
although they speak different languages, they are much alike and often
form long-term friendships, facilitated by social media.
As they worship at St. Nicholas, their faith is increased and they return
to Ohio understanding the common language of love and service that
connects Christians around the world. The world looks different to them
and they are excited to become involved in the ministry of their church.