- To bring the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ to those who will hear
- To disciple those who respond to the message of the gospel
- To help others do what God has called them to do
- To be a blessing to those in need
To see those people who have made a commitment to Christ become mature, “attaining the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” Ephesians 4:13.
Matthew 28:18-20, contain what is generally thought of as the “Great Commission. “Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
By saying He had all power, Jesus was identifying himself as the Christ, the Son of God. His command is to go to all nations not only to preach the gospel and baptize new believers, but also to teach people to do what he taught. The general term for this is discipleship.
We who are believers now have a clear mandate to provide spiritual counsel and training to those who are younger in Christ.
In Russia, Estonia, Norway and Belarus, there are pockets of new believers, particularly those who have found Christ in summer camps or through men’s meetings, who do not have access to spiritual counsel.
In Montenegro, Ukraine, Moldova and Romania, the church is growing and there is a great need for spiritual development.
Stoneworks seeks to connect mature believers with new ones, to help these living stones assume their intended position in the spiritual house God is building.
The History of Stoneworks International
Russia — the early days
For many years, Stoneworks has sent teams of volunteers to camps in the St. Petersburg area.
These trips are always fruitful times of ministry, as the teams establish relationships with many of the camp staff and children. A number of the children ask Jesus into their hearts.
Stoneworks has sent teams to Russia from Massachusetts, Texas, Georgia, Kentucky and California.
Several years ago, David Hulley and his daughter Elizabeth spent time in St. Petersburg doing follow-up and making new contacts. In 2004 Elizabeth Hulley moved to St. Petersburg as the first Stoneworks overseas worker. She is involved in follow-up with children met at the camps and is now married to Andrei Sukhovsky. They and their son David continue to live and minister in St. Petersburg.
Since then Stoneworks has developed several programs and has helped several longer-term missionaries ministering in Russia. In 2011, Stoneworks began partnering with Yura Belonozhkin, supporting his work in the far north of Russia and Norway. Most recently we’ve partnered with churches in Moldova, Ukraine and Romania. The work continues.
In 2007 Stoneworks began discussing and praying about an affiliation with Spring of Revival, in Belarus. Spring of Revival, under the direction of Olga Goncharenko, ministers in orphanages and camps in the Minsk area. Olga and other workers there have been involved as interpreters for teams ministering in Russia, and many people on those teams have also ministered in Belarus.
Due to the similarity of vision and ministry, and the sharing of personnel, the affiliation seemed like a good step – and it formally began on January 1, 2008. Stoneworks has now become a central source of news and support regarding the ministry of Spring of Revival.
Also in 2007, contacts were made with the Brethren Assembly in Podgorica, Montenegro, led by Vladimir Cizmanski. Through Executive Director Mike Cantrell, relationships with this church have grown.
In 2008 Stoneworks sent a short-term team from Georgia to minister with the church in sponsoring a summer camp for teens. This was a great success. Stoneworks is currently expanding ministry in Montenegro. Each year sees mission teams involved in a variety of ministries — youth camps, prayer walks, worship training, youth leadership seminars, evangelism, and church retreats.
The past few years have seen significant growth in our work in Estonia. In addition to sending mission teams to serve in summer camps, we have deepened our relationship with the church in Jõhvi.
We currently support Sunbeam, a day center for children with disabilities in Northeast Estonia.
We need short-term teams to help with construction projects, and we need teams to go and help serve the children.
Stoneworks International, Inc. incorporated in December, 2003, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,
and now based in the State of Texas, has IRS 501(c)3 non-profit designation.