Richard and Judy Grout have ministered in Russia and Finland for 24+ years! The Grout’s home church is Hobe Sound Bible Church, Hobe Sound, FL. Richard has a background in journalism and pastoring. Vyborg Christian Center, where he and his wife are working, is a charitable foundation for humanitarian aid and literature distribution. They distribute humanitarian aid, Christian literature, and Bibles all over Russia. Another ministry is mailing correspondence courses for children and adults (mostly prisoners) all across Russia. A ministry has begun with rehabilitation centers for former drug addicts, both men and women, and is steadily growing. The Christian Center works with several local centers in the Grouts’ regions of Russia and Finland.
The love of Christ compels the Grouts to reach those who have suffered so much without hope, without any knowledge of God or the Bible, without adequate medical care. Their greatest joy is in giving their all in serving Christ, in being His hands extended to those who have never before received a Christian witness. After more than seventy years of Communism, Russia ranks near the top as the world’s most corrupt nation. Yet even there in Russia, the darker the night the brighter the light shines: Jesus is the Light and the only Hope!
God is providing by helping Richard and Judy with a dedicated staff of Russian workers, with a lovely building in a strategic location, with good transportation and communications, and with more opportunities for ministries than they can fill. He has given them a wonderful network of good friends and supporters in Russia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and in more than thirty states across America.