In the early days of his ministry, Peter Popoff was compelled by God to reach out to Eastern Europe and the underground church that was persecuted by Communism.
Before coming to the United States, Peter’s father and grandfather were both tortured for their faith. Despite much harassment from the Communist government, Peter’s father and his family escaped Berlin, and came to the United States in 1950. With these memories of persecution fresh in young Peter’s mind, he received a childhood call from God to enter the ministry.
Peter graduated from college and married Elizabeth in 1971. Shortly thereafter he and Liz began Peter Popoff Ministries.
In 1976 Peter started a radio program and continued to preach at churches and conferences across America. During this time, he also courageously led Bible smuggling operations that penetrated both the Iron Curtain of Eastern Europe and the Bamboo Curtain of China.
Often using unusual methods, Peter used every means that God made available to get the Word into the hands of hungry men and women in oppressed nations.
In the 1980′s and 1990′s, Peter used helium filled balloons to bombard cities and whole areas with the Gospel. Many packets filled with Gospels were sealed in watertight coverings and carried by the tides to teachers in areas where the Gospel was forbidden. The result of these Gospel Invasions was absolutely phenomenal.
Even to this day, thousands of underground Christian believers are extremely grateful for Peter’s commitment. Their spiritual life was made possible because of the help of the young evangelist, Peter Popoff.
Peter explains, “Whether it be by land or sea, the Gospel can penetrate ‘closed doors.’ Launching teams can drop Gospel literature into the ocean, fill balloons with tracts, or do whatever it takes, to take the Word of God to the shores of countries closed to the Gospel.” Peter Popoff directly or indirectly distributed tons of Gospel literature around the world.
At the same time, huge crowds longing for the power of God walked for miles and gathered just to hear Reverend Popoff preach and to experience a supernatural touch from heaven. In fact, in the town of Odessa, Russia, over 30,000 people gathered during just one service where God’s miracle-working power took over and set people free.