The opportunity for the Hershey Free Church to join a team of dedicated Russian believers began shortly after the Soviet Union crumbled in the early 1990s. The Trinity Equipping Center (TEC) was established by Lois McNeill and her late husband, Jim, in Kursk to train Russians for ministry. Graduates from TEC participate in local ministries to Gypsies, operate a Christian bookstore in Kursk and are involved in five church plants in the Kursk area. Trinity Video Seminary was birthed through the vision of our Russian leaders as they assessed the wide open opportunity to provided seminary training for Russian speakers around the world in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Their vision is to put more courses in circulation as technology options increase.
In addition to providing financial support key leaders at the college, Hershey Free Church also sends teams to assist in the training of national Christian leaders and pastors. These men and women serve in ministry throughout central Asia. Our partnership with CTE is expanding for the next several years as Pastor Omar Zook, pastor for care ministries, develops a counseling degree program for CTE students emphasizing marriage, family and crisis care.
For more than two decades, the Hershey Free Church has supported Mission India in their vision to see India transformed by Christ. In 2004, Mission India was selected as a strategic partner. Mission India works toward realizing their vision by assisting indigenous churches and mission agencies in planting reproducing churches in a systematic and measurable way. Their core programs are children’s Bible clubs, adult literacy classes and church-planter training.