Anna was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her father coached a Soviet Olympics team and her mother taught English as a Second Language.
After Anna married Vladimir Bortsov, they lived and worked in Kazakhstan, one of the southern former Soviet republics.
In 1991, both Vladimir and Anna accepted the Lord. Vladimir followed the call of God to go into full-time ministry, quitting his job as an airline pilot.Anna continued working as a teacher and translator. They planted a church in Almaty, Kazakhstan; many people were reached for the Lord.
In 1998, Vladimir began to sense God’s call to go to Canada. They decided to test his leading to see if it was true. They went to Moscow and applied for independent immigration to Canada. Their immigration was approved on the same day, without an interview!
When they came to Canada in 1999, they first settled in Hamilton, but moved to Toronto a few years later as it became clearer that the Lord was calling them to minister in North York, where the majority of Russian Jewish people live.
The population of Russian immigrants in the Greater Toronto Area is about 200.000 people; 65% of them are Jewish!This group of immigrants has been overlooked for many years, so the need to reach out to them is great.
At this time, Anna ministers at Chosen People Ministries with a focus on discipleship and ministry to women and in the area of evangelism.
Interactive Passover Seder with Anna and Vladimir Bortsov
Esther Through a Woman’s Eyes …helps women today appreciate the freedom they have and to have compassion for those who do not.It demonstrates how God can use a woman who seems to have no rights at all.
Nameless Women in the Scriptures …is a study on the women who played an important role in the lives of prominent men of the Bible.It shows how a woman can positively influence the powerful men in her life and help them follow the Lord.(Judges 11, 2 Kings 5)
Messiah in the Passover …is a meaningful portrait of man’s redemption through Messiah as seen through the vehicle of the traditional Jewish Seder.This program demonstrates how Christ fulfills the eternal plan of salvation for all men and how He instituted the Lord’s Table at the last Passover He celebrated with His disciples.It can be a moving and challenging opportunity to invite people to receive Messiah Jesus as Saviour, Lord and King.There are several ways to present this program:a simple demonstration with or without a communion service, a demonstration with congregational participation through the sampling of the ceremonial foods or a full banquet.
The Jewish Festivals …In addition to the very popular Passover program described above, the other Jewish festivals can be also be addressed.In each case, the message will explain the celebration’s history, how it was (or will be) fulfilled by Jesus, what it means for Christians today.
The Jewish Roots of Christianity …offers an understanding of how we lost sight of our spiritual roots and what we can do to gain an appreciation for them.
Jewish Evangelism Seminar …is a presentation that will encourage and equip Gentile believers to share the Gospel with their Jewish friends and acquaintances.Sermon or workshop format.
The Vision of His Glory …How easily we lose focus and see the dangers of this world!How much did Isaiah lose and much did he gain because of seeing the glory of our God?(Isaiah 6)
…This teaching is about Jesus, “a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek,” discussing why we have a High Priest Who understands us and knows us and how we can trust Him today.
The Seven Feasts of Israel … Using PowerPoint, this presentation is a visual and dynamic teaching on the seven feasts of Israel in light of Messianic prophecies and their fulfillment in Jesus (Leviticus 23).
Messiah’s Return and the Third Temple … is a message based on Biblical prophecies, archaeological discoveries and current events.We can see how the Word of God is being fulfilled right in front of our eyes.
Anticipating His Jerusalem Ministry …focuses on Mark 8:30 – 10:31 when Jesus is preparing for his ministry in Jerusalem.In this passage, He predicts His death and the disciples’ inability to understand His message is revealed.In the midst of our everyday activities, we need to listen to the voice of our Saviour.
A Call to Missions … Do you feel inadequate to go on a mission trip?It may be that you ARE qualified! Do you want to build your career first and then serve Him?Perhaps He is calling you to follow Him first, instead of building a career.(Isaiah 6)
Personal Testimony … Anna and her husband, Vladimir, share how the Lord brought them to repentance and faith in Jesus in the heart of the former Soviet Union.
Jesus and the Torah … How much do we find Jesus in the Old Testament?Why did He say, “You study the Scriptures … and they testify about Me?”
Modern Israel and Biblical Prophecy … Do you see Biblical promises on the pages of today’s newspapers?
A Good King of Judah Who Had Bad Friends … A believer can keep his faith in the midst of worldly mess.Jehoshaphat was one of eight good kings of Judah, helping his people follow the Lord during difficult times.(2 Chronicles 17-20)
Last of the Good Kings of Judah ... The story of Josiah – how to keep faith in the midst of worldly temptations.Do good, even if there is little hope.(2 Chronicles 34-35)