For fifteen years, singer-songwriter Igor Baranchikov has performed his program titled “Stop” at more than 700 prisons throughout Russia and the former Soviet Union. Baranchikov’s one-man show is designed to help prevent drug and alcohol abuse; its message, a call to spiritual and moral living, is rooted in the Scriptures.
In 2012, Lutheran Hour Ministries—Russia began supporting Baranchikov’s outreach work in correctional facilities in the St. Petersburg area. Now in addition to calling prison audiences to healthy, God-pleasing lifestyles, Baranchikov is also able to share free Gospel materials from LHM—Russia with them and invite them to participate in Lutheran Hour Ministries’ Bible Correspondence Courses.
In January 2013, Baranchikov introduced the program Ostanovis—”Stand Still”—a similar biblically-based values program geared especially for young people. At three prison facilities, Baranchikov reached out to more than 1,500 inmates with the message of “Stand Still” and invited them to get to know Jesus through LHM materials and Bible Courses.
“Russia’s greatest strength has always been the spirituality of its people,” said Baranchikov. “My foremost goal is to renew the people’s spiritual strength. We strive to keep a person from falling and to guide him or her on to the right way!”