Reader gives thanks for ‘Russia Initiative’ story


Dear Editor: My thanks to you, Jose and Rob, for publishing my story, “The UMC's ‘Russia Initiative’” in Tuesday's issue.

The law passed July 20, 2016, approved by President Putin despite prayers and protests from religious leaders and human rights advocates, against sharing faith in homes, online or anywhere except recognized churches, a law that appears to target religious groups “outside” the Russian Orthodox Church, which Putin is a member of, makes pastoring harder for Rev. Katya Zubkova, pastor of Tyumen UMC of the Salvation in Siberia.

Keep her in your prayers and President Putin too, that God will lead him to repeal this law.

Thank you.

Pastor Jo Ann Leifeste


Rio Texas Conference


San Antonio, TX