SOAR exists to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ to the people of Russia & Abkhazia by coming alongside of, encouraging, and equipping Russian believers to reach their own people for Christ. SOAR envisions a Christ-like transformation of the Russian people and a vibrant, growing, and maturing Christian church.
SOAR International Ministries (Service & Outreach Alaska to Russia) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Kenai, Alaska and is a Christian mission dedicated to service and outreach to the people of Russia. SOAR seeks opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in partnership with local Russian evangelical churches by providing Christian ministry teams, humanitarian aid, and other projects to advance the Gospel.
SOAR projects include Stuff a Stocking at Christmas, Baskets of Hope at Easter, Discipleship programs, Bible camps for children, English as a Second Language, and other projects assisting the churches in Russia and Abkhazia. These projects focus on orphans, disabled and other needy children.
SOAR’s ministry began in the Chukotka region of the Russian Far East located where the Bering Sea meets the Arctic Ocean across from Nome, Alaska. SOAR continues to support the ongoing ministry of the church there. SOAR’s work has expanded across into western Russia as well as into Abkhazia on the Black Sea.
SOAR strives to be culturally sensitive, seeking to understand the “Russian mind”. Getting the Russian perspective has successfully built relationships, enhanced the accomplishment of basic ministry objectives and furthered the testimony of Jesus Christ. SOAR also seeks to gain the input, support and full cooperation of government officials and church leaders.
With difficulties such as the incredibly harsh climate of the Far East, political uncertainty, and the bureaucracy of working in Russia, it would be easy to become weary in this ministry. But God has given us the promise of Isaiah 40:31: “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will SOAR on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”