After decades of state-sponsored atheism, The United Methodist Church offered Russians an alternative: hope. The hope of resurrection and renewal, of a life full of meaning and purpose. Yet even as Russians slowly began to join the Church, concepts like tithing and pastoral support were still foreign to them. Today, many Russian United Methodist churches meet in homes or rented buildings, and pastors must often have a second job to support their families. With financial support from U.S. congregations and individuals, United Methodist churches in Russia can live into their potential, purchasing their own buildings and employing full-time pastors. As The United Methodist Church flourishes, hope and new life abound in Russia.