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Church members asking for prayers before trip to Sochi to pass out 30k Bibles

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The group says they will hear back from customs in Russia next Thursday. The group says they will hear back from customs in Russia next Thursday.
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - The associate pastor and two other members of the Longview Missionary Baptist Church are planning to spread the word with more than 30,000 bibles in a few weeks when they travel to Sochi, Russia. Many are afraid it will be a dangerous place for tourist to go during the 2014 Olympics, but this group says they are still going despite talks of the U.S. military having warships on standby.

The three Outreach Bible Project participants in Longview say the real purpose of their trip to Russia is to put the Word in people's hands, even though some view this as dangerous.

"We feel strongly that it's important we share the good news of Jesus, and we're just proceeding forward until there's something that shows that this is probably not what God wants us to do," Jimmy Jones said.

Jones has traveled to previous games in London and China handing out bibles to people from all over the world. This year, it seems security may have a problem with the project. These books, which includes two books of the bible, Romans and John, have been printed in 18 different languages. Jones says the 30,000 bibles are tied up in customs in Russia right now.

"The problem with them right now is on the cover it says 'Sochi 2014' and apparently that must be trademarked or something and they're not particularly happy about that," Jones said.

Barbara Farr has traveled across the country numerous times spreading the word but feels Russians may be resistant toward their project when they travel there next month.

"They seem to be stricter and they do things much different," Farr said. "They don't seem to be as friendly as other countries that I've been to. So, they're not quite acceptable to the word as the other places I've been to."

Though the country's beliefs may not be the same as theirs, the three travelers are relying on faith for safety as they spread the word in Sochi.

"Right now, we just want people to pray for us; that's it," Jones said. "The best thing they can do is pray for us."

The group says they will hear back from customs in Russia next Thursday. They're hopeful they will be able to pick up the thousands of bibles when they arrive February 14.

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