A journey toward self-sufficiency and beyond



Maintaining healthy, happy environments is an important and often neglected part of mission work. Find out more about the development of our relationships.

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Our Partners


Marfa Ministry started with one partner - the Saratov United Methodist Church. With the help and encouragement of the leadership of Bishop Eduard, our partnerships continue to grow and flourish, helping each of them work toward self-sufficiency and supporting their ministries.

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About the Artists


To do great work, you need talent and perseverance. Our artist partners are all associated with a Methodist Church in the Eurasian Conference, as pastors, pastor's wives, or lay members. All money earned by each partner goes directly to their respective churches.

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You can help


You can help our partners grow their churches and their ministries by going on mission trips, purchasing their products or donating money. Help grow Methodism in the Eurasian Conference!

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The purchase of artwork and handmade products created by our partners in the Eurasian Conference has moved congregations from dependency to self-sufficiency to outreach. Click below to view some of their beautiful work.

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Contact us


Maybe you have a suggestion. Maybe you want to share an experience you've had in Russia or with one of our partners.

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Our Mission


Beyond the road to self-sufficiency

Marfa Ministry, established April 2012, is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit that was formed to support churches of the world struggling to be self-sufficient. As self-sufficiency is achieved, emphasis for them now shifts to outreach in their individual communities. 

Founded by Janet Fisher, member of the First United Methodist Church in Denton, Texas, the ministry has grown from one to eight partners in the Eurasian Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Currently, the ministry supports in part:

     United Methodist Church - Saratov, Russia

     United Methodist Church - Kharkiv, Ukraine

     Svetlaya United Methodist Church - Khabarovsk, Russia

     Methodist Theological Seminary -  Moscow, Russia

     Rainbow Ministry - Moscow, Russia

     United Methodist Church - Samara, Russia

     Stavropol United Methodist Church (Gypsy Children's Camp)

          Stavropol, Russia

     Hope United Methodist Church & Transformation United Methodist Church-Volgograd, Russia

Janet and Dennis have traveled to Eurasia annually since 2002. They have witnessed first-hand the impact when self-sufficiency is reached and the emphasis changes to outreach, for the good of all. 

Marfa Ministry is a nonprofit corporation and is not organized for the personal gain of any person. It was organized under the laws for charitable purposes. Specifically, it was designed to serve Christ by addressing the needs of small churches in Eurasia in their journey to self-sufficienty and beyond.