Edward grew up under the spiritual leadership of Bishop Nikolai Zalutsky in Pskov, Russia. He attended the Pskov Bible College under the leadership of Norm and Connie Flagg. He graduated in 1994.
Edward believed then that God had a calling on his life to serve in missions “Here am I, send me” (Isaiah 6:8) has been his guiding word from God. So he started by serving the Lord in youth ministry at the church and later became the director of the Pskov Bible College. In 2006 the Lord called him to serve as the Administrator for the Russian Union of Evangelical Churches and later to become the pastor for the Chinese churches in Moscow.
Edward Ananev Ph.D. is now serving as Director of Foundation for Missions in Moscow, Russia, where he lives with his wife Julia and their young son, Jan. He also has two young adult daughters; Angelika and Liana.
Foundation for Missions Vision in Russia:
Foundation for Missions in Russia carries out educational ministry. They develop different study programs, conduct learning process in stationary Bible schools in Volgograd (Central Russia) and Barnaul (Western Siberia).
They have a ministry in Moscow where they serve Chinese and Vietnamese immigrants who have come to work. They preach the Gospel and teach them God’s Word.
They also do work in the East Ukraine where military action still continues. As a church they keep a distance from politics. Today there is a war in East Ukraine between the central authority (Kiev) and pro-Russian separatist regions (Donetsk and Luhansk). A lot of missions are working in that region, helping people, who live on the territory controlled by Kiev. There is however a lack of help to those who find themselves in the territory of pro-Russian separatists. As a mission they have a purpose to help those who are in need. People in separatist regions are in a hostage type situation. Ukraine has rejected them, and Russia cannot accept them either.
They also have missionary projects in Africa. This year (2020) our small team of 4 people plan to have a trip to Gweru in Zimbabwe. There is a need to build missionary centre in this town, because the old one was destroyed in a fire. As well as working on the construction, they are going to preach the Gospel in nearby villages and serve in churches.
Dear friends, we are so grateful for your participation in our projects. We thank you for your prayers and financial support.
Every bit helps.
Our love and prayers for you,
Edward and Julia
Edward is also the author of five scientific publications and two books; “Social Service of Russian Protestants” and “ Church and Society.”
Please pray for him as he develops the program and vision for Foundation for Missions in Russia.
Pictures of Edward teaching, with his team and a recent mission trip to Africa