Last fall a group of 19 evangelical leaders went to Moscow to advise the government. The letter of invitation from the Supreme Soviet read in part, “In the difficult, often agonizing transitional period that our country is experiencing … spiritual and moral values acquire a great, if not paramount significance.… We know the role which your Christian organizations are playing as you follow the great words of Christ: ‘Faith without works is dead.’ ” The letter called for help in rebuilding the “moral· values of Christianity.” The evangelicals who responded, calling themselves Project Christian Bridge, included television and radio broadcasters, educators, publishers, Russian scholars, pastors, businessmen, and mission executives. CHRISTIANITY TODAY Editor at Large Philip Yancey accompanied them and presents here his report of those extraordinary days. A book-length account will be published by Multnomah Press later this month.
Several Times in Moscow we passed the sturdy pedestal that, until the collapse of the coup last August, had supported a statue of the founder of the secret police. Toppling the statue required the use of a huge crane, and for several days the workers let Feliks Dzerzhinsky dangle from a steel-cable noose high above the street, a shocking symbol of the triumph of freedom over fear. Muscovites were still filing solemnly past the bare pedestal, staring at the vacant space, shaking their heads in disbelief.
We, too, shook our heads in disbelief when we got a friendly invitation to stop by the squat, hulking KGB building behind the pedestal and sip tea with the agency’s leaders. Most of us had read dissidents’ memoirs that describe in hideous detail what went on downstairs inside Lubyanka, the most famed and ...1
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