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PERM (RUSSIA) – On September 7 to 9, New Testament Church of Perm hosted Evangelical Christians from all over Russia at the Russian church of Christians of Evangelical Faith Conference. Verse 18, chapter 16 of Matthew has become a conference theme: “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”.

Russian and foreign ministers of evangelical churches were among the speakers: Head Bishop of the Russian church of Christians of Evangelical Faith Edward Grabovenko, his deputies Vassily Evchik and Pavel Zhelnovakov, pastor of Trinity Church from Texas, USA Jim Hennessy, Assemblies of God missionaries Andy Raatz and Robert Shipley and others. They spoke about building up the church, about confrontation and challenges that the church faces. The key message of all sermons and two panel discussions was the concept that the church is being built of living stones and therefore it will stand against all odds.

“The Church will face challenges and oppositions. But only those who do nothing do not face them, but the church will stand forever”, — Andy Raatz, AGWM Communications Director says.
Andrei Khoroschenko’s, pastor of Novokuznetsk Church on the Rock, sermon was full of practical advice. He suggested we analyzed how the church is being built: how people come to church, why they stay, why they leave, and what brings the best fruit. “We need to open the doors of the church wider, and make our hearts more warmly welcoming, so that more people could enter”, — was his call.

On day two we continued to talk about building the church, about God’s leadership in the life of Christians. The ministers shared examples from their own experience and lives. “How to reorganize priorities to be able to meet the highest standards of God, since one day we all will stand before Him” – Robert Shipley, Assemblies of God missionary, missions’ work coordinator in Russia and Belarus invited to ponder.

Vassily Evchik, pastor of Gospel Home Church (Naberezhnye Chelny), called to stay strong and faithful to the calling, in spite of any challenges. Pastor of Izhevsk Philadelphia Church Pavel Zhelnovakov was speaking that in the Book of Revelation in the Bible, in the epistle to seven churches we will find the answers to how a church should be prepared to hardships.
Pastor of Astrakhan Christ the Savior Church Alexander Kalinin believes that “the church is the best place to fulfill one’s potential. We will accomplish way more if we conform to Christ”.
During the panel discussion, devoted to a successful church, director of Moscow Theological Institute Sergei Yastrzhembski was talking to Edward Grabovenko, Jim Hennessy, Vassily Evchik and pastor of Saint-Petersburg New Testament Church Alexander Tsvetkov.

Pastor with 30 years of ministry experience Jim Hennessy shared his testimony about how he has become a pastor of a church that has gone through disappointments and downs. During the first six years he did his best to survive. And when he was ready to give up, God gave him four principles of building a church. During the next 14 years as a result of applying those principles the church has grown both in quality and quantity (from one thousand to seven thousand people).

1. The church should not only be a place where we talk about Christ and study the Bible, but also a place where people meet God. 2. God is faithful even if we are not. The church should be a place where everyone is accepted, with no expectation to receive anything in return. 3. The church should invest into the younger generation. 4. The success of the church should not be measured by Sunday services, but by what happens Monday to Friday.

Head Bishop Edward Grabovenko agreed with pastor Hennessy: “Our pastors knews the time and limits, they trusted in us when we were in our twenties. The new generation of the ministers will differ from us both outwardly and by their methods of ministry, but we should give our credence to them and help them to enter their foreordination”.

The second discussion was led by coordinator of Youth “One Year for Jesus” project David Grabovenko. While representing the young generation, he took interest in the missionary experience in different countries of the world: Robert Shipley has an experience of ministering in Iran, Ethiopia, Uganda, head of international missions of the Russian church Sergei Linnik – in Germany, Andy Raatz – in Moldova, Russia. Pastor of Krasnodar Bethany Church Sergei Nakul has never left his hometown, but his church is engaged in missions in the North Caucasus republics and is planting new churches. The key thought of all the speeches can be expressed by Sergei Linnik’s words: “The formula of planting new churches is to go to people. At every place where the Word is preached, there will be fruit – a church”.

During the conference participants of Youth “One Year for Jesus” project were blessed. A rotation has taken place: members of last year’s team have finished the project, 12 team members will go back to their home churches, and for the new 16 this is only the beginning. Pastor Edward Grabovenko and the church prayed and blessed them.

Edward Anatolievich prayed a special prayer of thanks for the faithful people who has been building Perm New Testament Church for more than 27 years, and reminded the members and guests of the church that the church is built of living stones: each one makes an invaluable contribution.

1,000 guests has come to Conference in Perm from almost every region of the country – North West to Far East regions. 3,000 pastors, ministers and church members gathered for a church-wide service. Five church-wide services and two panel discussions took place during the conference.

Watch videos of conference services on Perm New Testament Church Youtube channel: youtube.com/novizavet

PERM (RUSSIA) – On September 7 to 9, the National Conference of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith took place in Perm. Music bands from Perm, Izhevsk and a choir from Tatarstan were ministering at the conference.

The conference was confined to celebrating the 27th Anniversary of Perm New Testament Church. A special event of the celebration was a release of a new authorial album “Jesus Won” of the “NTworship” worship team. It is the second in succession but the first authorial album, all tracks are composed by Perm musicians.

A combined choir and orchestra of “Gospel Home” Church of Naberezhnie Chelny presented their “I believe” album of classical Christian hymns and worship songs. The title of the album was picked to reflect a hymn of symbol of faith, composed in 1932 by Russian composer Igor Stravinski.

“iota” music band from Philadelphia Church of Izhevsk presented a new album of worship songs “On The Palm”. The album is the third in succession, all songs are authorial.

For more information, albums download and to support the bands, please, follow the links:
“NTworship”: https://vk.com/ntworship
“Gospel Home” worship: https://vk.com/worshipgospelhouse
“iota” music band: https://vk.com/iotaworship

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ROSTOV-ON-DON (RUSSIA) – On June 21, the international street football tournament “Straßenfußball Rostow-2018” kicked off in Rostov-on-Don.

The youth of the Christ the Savior Church organized a team called “StormCSC”. There were participants from Russia, Armenia, Palestine, Ghana. 10 teams from Germany participated in the tournament. Total, 29 teams were declared.

The parishioners of the church took part in the organizational and creative part of the tournament as volunteers.

“Our team did not take the first prize, but our goal was not to win,” — says the team leader, a minister of the Christ the Savior Church Hasan Kuzakhmetov. “While engaged in street evangelism, I made friends with the guys who played football. Since I also played football, we began to play regularly. However, I did not have a single match, when I just left and did not tell anyone about Christ. Then I decided to organize a team and take part in this tournament. We had a good time, made new acquaintances and, most importantly, preached the gospel.”

Khasan Kuzakhmetov will tell more about his experience of street evangelism and participation in the League of Christ Movement at the Christian youth conference PASSWORD in August 2018 in the Crimea.

Press Center of the Christ the Savior Church, Rostov-on-Don

The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith

 

 

KALUGA (RUSSIA) – We met Alexander two years ago in the town of Suvorov where we gave out homeless people hot meals. The first few times he came drunk, listened to our stories at the improvised services inattentively, chuckling. But he always was very accurate to repeat the words of the Lord’s prayer.

Now Alexander is 30, and the last 6 years of them he has been living in the street after his father’s death. During the two years Alexander realized that the Christians wish the best for him, but he didn’t want to hear a single word about a rehabilitation program, “I won’t make it, it won’t work for me”.

But recently he heard a testimony that touched his heart. One brother from the One Year for Jesus team (his name was also Alexander, he is on the right on the picture), who was homeless before, shared about changes in his life because of his faith in Jesus. After that Alexander said he wants to put an end to the life of a homeless man.

Let us keep him in prayer and believe that God will finish what He has started and the homeless man will find salvation and home!

Denis Nefyodkin

Team of the Grace Church, Kaluga

BARNAUL )RUSSIA) – In one of the towns in Altai region we have been teaching, talking and sharing, being led by the Holy Spirit, we were praying and fasting. We can see the changes. To one of the homes that used to be a nasty place, God’s order came. Here’s the story.

Mother Evgeniya, is disabled from childhood, receives two welfares from the government for herself and her son Maxim of 12 years old. Her sister Irina was taking almost all their money and would buy alcohol to then drink it at their house with her friends. Up to 10 people would come to the house every day. Because of that the boy is mentally disturbed and he needs private tuition. Another man, Dennis, 30 years old, an alcoholic too, his mother and step-father also lived at the same house.

We preached to them, many of them repented. Now Dennis is in a rehab center. His mother has repented and thanks God for answering her prayers and for her son having a desire to change his life. His step-father is still contemplating. Every time we come back we see the changes. They’re expecting us, it is clean in the house, they’re all sober.

Evgeniya took her credit cards back from her sister. Maxim is allowed to come to class for the lessons. We brought him clothes, footwear, school supplies, he was happy and his mother too. Irina, who used to live off her sister’s welfare, is looking for a full-time job and is now working part-time nursing some old lady.

We kept praying for Maxim that God would give him a chance to go to some health centre or a boarding school, because he still needs some special care. And God answered: now Maxim is at a boarding-school for three months and he really likes it there. His mother Evgeniya repented and gladly communicates with other Christians.

There’s a place at the town where new converts come for fellowship, prayer and Bible studies. Sergei and Galina’s family opened their home for the meetings. Sergei began to tell people he knew who drink alcohol, about God and that there’s a way out, his desire is to help them and introduce them to Christ. God answers our and their prayers.

Tatiana Ivanovna, one of the new converts has a son, Yura, he is confined to bed for four years, one side of his body is paralyzed. His wife Svetlana nurses him. It was God’s will that we went to see them. Svetlana welcomed us warmly. Yuri at first was very upset and said he didn’t believe in God. That didn’t stop us. We began to share about Jesus and a gift of salvation. The whole family repented and they invited us to come back.

Changes come to other homes too.

Team of the Light of Revival Church, Barnaul

Denis and his mother
Denis and his mother

BARNAUL (RUSSIA) – We met grandmother Tanya, as she introduced herself, in the village of Sokharevo in Kosikhinski district of Altai region. The village looked weird: it seemed there’re no streets and the houses were grouped in small groups in some distance from each another. They didn’t even have a food store, not to mention a hospital or a school – there’re no kids in the village anyway. Half of the houses were abandoned, and in the rest of them elderly lonely people lived.

Grandma Tanya is 85. She lives with her husband Alexei. He had a blood-stroke and hardly walks and talks. Grandma Tanya has to take care of the household, garden and also takes care for her husband. Sometimes a nurse from a nearby town comes to see them. Grandma Tanya has children, but unfortunately they do not help in any way. Grandma Tanya shared her hard life story for a long time. When she finished, she let us pray for her husband. Though at first she said no, she felt uncomfortable, but we insisted, and she agreed. Of course we were ready to see tough conditions of people sufferings from disease, but the reality was far worse than we expected. It was hard to imagine, how it was even possible to live in such conditions. What makes someone live like this – helplessness, hopelessness, despair, alcoholism?

Alexei could hardly talk, but he agreed with us in sinners’ prayer, and then grandmother Tanya invited Jesus into her heart as well. With tears in their eyes they listened to a story how Jesus died for their sins, and through their faith they received His gift of salvation.

We were leaving Sokharevo with mixed emotions: we didn’t feel the joy we usually have after the outreach. The village left an uneasy impression. But at the same time we felt that we were exactly where we were supposed to be – where people needed our words of support, comfort and encouragement. We plan to visit this family again, to find out how grandma Tanya and her husband are doing.

Elena Belyakova
New Life Church team, Barnaul

ANAPA (RUSSIA) – On September 3 to 7, in Anapa senior pastor of Christ the Savior Church bishop Vladimir Khvalov conducted the 15th Annual Marriage Conference “Territory of the Covenant”. The conference was conducted as planned by the Family Department of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith. The organizational part was traditionally undertaken by the Christ the Savior Church of Rostov-on-Don.

About 140 people took part in the event. For the first time in 15 years the conference has become international. Couples from different regions of Russia and guests from other countries – Georgia and Belarus – attended it.

One of the most numerous was delegation from Moscow – The God’s Love Church alone was represented by 30 people. There were guests from Moscow area, Saint-Petersburg, Perm area, Republics of Udmurtia and Tatarstan, Smolensk area, Krasnodar area, Rostov area. Guests from Kursk, Sochi, Penza, Nizhny Novgorod, Crimea, Sverdlovsk and Murmansk area and Orenburg visited the conference for the first time.

Bishop Vladimir Khvalov preached about the effect of the words that spouses say to each other. He shared the principles of spiritual warfare for the family. He was talking about how to keep a marriage safe from adultery and sinful influence of the world, how to establish communication between the spouses, what the difference is of men and women conception of matrimony, and covered many more other issues significant for any family.

The issue of financial welfare was covered by the administrators of the conference – pastor of  Novocherkassk Christ the Savior Church Roman Shvechikov and his wife Irina.
Besides discipleship, a lot of time at the conference was devoted to the spiritual part. The ministers prayed for healing and blessing of the married couples who are not able to have kids or are trying to overcome some challenges in their marriage. There were interceding prayers for the families of Krasnodar area – the region that the conference took place in. Besides, the ministers were counseling and praying for all those who needed help.

Within a framework of the conference a roundtable discussion for ministers willing to start a family ministry in their regions took place. Pastors from several regions shared their positive experience of such ministry and told about their plans for the future.

At the end of the conference, according to the customary tradition, a solemn ceremony of the spouses’ covenant renewal took place for the couples who were not married in a church. Another touching moment was a fathers’ and daughters’ dance, prepared by the dance ministry.

“The conference was very inspiring for many participants, and for us this is a good testimony that the Lord has been really working in the families, — says bishop Vladimir Khvalov. — Among the participants there were people who have been married for a long time, and the newly married couples, many came with children. It is a joy that people were able to have some rest, swim in the sea, sunbathe and at the same time receive some important revelations for their families. And of course I’m inspired that in many regions the work on building up families started to develop. It’s a challenge that we, as a Church, take up today. And we will be happy if as many as possible churches will join the ministry”.

The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith

 

 

 

PERM (RUSSIA) – At the National Conference of the Russian church of Christians of Evangelical Faith in Perm that took place on September 7 to 9, President of Moscow Theological Institute Sergei Yastrzhembski and the Programme Director Aelita Zhidyaeva conducted a commencement. The graduates from churches of Perm Association — 17 bachelors of practical theology and 4 ministers of practical theology — received diplomas of higher theological education.

The MTI President Sergei Yastrzhembski congratulated graduates on behalf of professors and workers of Moscow Theological Institute and encouraged them to be even more humble before the Lord and serve the Body of Christ with boldness.

The Head Bishop instructed them, “I’m glad that you’ve made it, thank you for your commitment. There’re many people who possess much knowledge, but they don’t know God, and you will help those who seek God. I pray that you become gifts to people”.

Moscow Theological Institute web-site: http://www.mti-rc.ru/

 

 

 

 

SYKTYVKAR (RUSSIA) – “The Power of the Double Covenant” Marriage Conference took place in August at the Source of Life Church of Syktyvkar. The key speaker of the conference was the head of family ministry department of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith Vladimir Khvalov.

During the three conference days Vladimir Alexandrovich conducted six sessions for those who needed to hear about how to build relationships with spouses, how to establish contacts with children and parents, what role of the Holy Spirit in a family is. The conference was authorly, the speaker covered the topics naturally and openheartedly. “As our mentality changes – our character and habits change as well” (a quote from the first session of the conference).

On August 17 to 19, each of the first services began with songs of praise and worship to God. Every session was covered with prayers, so that God helped to use the new knowledge in the family life. On Saturday, bishops Vladimir Khvalov, Pavel Kudrov and Vyacheslav Gerasimov, who came to the conference with his wife Natalia, prayed and anointed with oil those who wanted a prayer. At the sessions there were several acoustically challenged families, so church sign language interpreters ministered to them.

During the breaks between the sessions couples took pictures against the background of a soaring heart decoration specially designed for the conference.

We express our gratitude to Vladimir and Olga Khvalovs for their ministry and we believe that the conference is already bringing the fruit and Christian families grow stronger.

Media ministry of the Source of Life Church, Syktyvkar

The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith

 

 

 

 

Sergey is a man devoted to God, his life is full of joy and purpose. But it hasn’t always been like this. In his youth, Sergey used to be a rebel. He always resisted the social rules and tried to find some special purpose in life. When he was 16, he left his parents’ home. “That was the first mistake I’d made in life and as a result all I was left with were pain and loneliness,” says Sergey.

The Tkachenkos is a large family – loving parents Sergey and Nadezhda, three sons and a daughter. But it wasn’t always so.  In 1991, Sergey went to the US and soon the whole family decided to immigrate there but the plans as well as some other things were doomed to fail. Having left for America for a couple of months, Sergey stayed there for several years. Nadezhda and the children were waiting for him in Russia. So, the family split up in such a simple and stupid way.

Once God told His people: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)