Russian and German Missionaries Coming to Virginia July 8 – July 18, 2016

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Provided by Crossroads Presbyterian Church

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This July, missionaries from the former East Germany and Russia will be making a historic trip to Dumfries, VA to work with members of Crossroads Presbyterian Church for a series of work projects in Prince William County.

Crossroads has partnered with two “sister” churches, a Baptist church in Gera, Germany, and another in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. In all, 28 Germans and 12 Russians will be coming to Northern Virginia from July 8-July 18, 2016, where they will be joined by congregants of Crossroads Church to help renovate and preserve historic cabins in Prince William Forest Park, which celebrates its 80th anniversary as a park, as well as the 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Park System.

Past projects by the three churches include trips to Russia to help build a sanctuary for the Russian church, and to Germany to help renovate the city zoo in Gera, as well as to participate in the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

This will be the first trip made to the U.S. by the German and Russian groups.

In addition to working in Prince William Forest Park, the three teams will assist women in transition at the Women’s Empowerment Center, a facility operated by ACTS (Action in Community Through Service), headquartered in Dumfries. Work will include improving the appearance of the organization’s grounds and building a fence that will help keep women and children safe as they enter the facility. The group will also tour the U.S. Capitol Building, meet Members of Congress and other governmental officials and experience an old-fashioned Virginia farm barbecue.

The goal of this unique partnership is to serve the communities where these churches live, work and play, and to promote understanding between three very different cultures that were once World War II enemies, all while demonstrating the reconciliation that comes through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

For more information on this event or to participate in this historic missions trip, please contact John Stolnis at 571-288-3579 or by email at You can also see videos of our trips to Germany and Russia at our GARP (German American Russian Partnership) web page

Crossroads Presbyterian Church is located at 17565 Old Stage Coach Road in Dumfries, VA 22026.


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