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MOSCOW (RUSSIA) – On April 13 and 14, the head of the family ministry of the Russian Church of Evangelical Christians, the senior pastor of the Church of Christ the Savior, bishop Vladimir Khvalov, and his wife Olga conducted a marriage conference. The event took place in the Sofrino Park Hotel near Moscow. About 30 married couples from different churches of the Moscow region took part in the conference.

"This was the first conference for ministers' families," - said Bishop Vladimir Khvalov. - We had six sessions, each of them began with intercessionary prayers for families of Moscow and Moscow region. Many spouses have testified that they have received healing and renewal of the relationship."

After the conference, Vladimir Khvalov preached in two Moscow churches on "The Work of the Holy Spirit in the family and the church."

Media ministry of the Church of Christ the Savior, Rostov-on-Don

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OMSK (RUSSIA) – Crossing the threshold of the house of God, you smile and greet brothers and sister, gladly responding with "Indeed risen!" Today is a special day, one of the most important Christian holidays - Easter!  
"Christ is risen!" - the words are a foundation of the Christian faith: Jesus was crucified for the sins of the mankind, He died and has risen on the third day. He defeated death and has become a redemptive Lamb, who reconciled God and man. The sacrifice of Jesus Christ is an evidence of God's boundless love, and His resurrection is the hope for every human being.

"Christ is risen!" - the church exclaims unceasingly, rejoicing that the Savior is alive, and He is to come! The worship team together with the teenage band praises God, singing the hymns of praise.

Then the children come out to the platform. They wear theatrical costumes and carry stage props. It is evident they've prepared a performance. God has given them gifts and talents, and even at this young age they are able to praise God. In the performance the children get across an important message: people are mortal, and only with Jesus they have eternal life.

After the performance the children recite touching poems, the teenage group performs a beautiful dance. The air is filled with love to God and worshiping Jesus.

Finally it is time for the Word of God. Bishop of Omsk eparchy, senior pastor of "Harvest" church Sergei Gorbenko, preaches about the "True meaning of Easter". Sergei Vladimirovich reminded the first Easter, described in the book of Exodus. "Now we don't need to strike the lintels with blood, - emphasized the pastor, - because we're anointed spiritually with the blood of Jesus Christ!"

The same way sin and death came to the world through Adam, through Jesus came redemption, forgiveness and resurrection. The Golden verse of the Bible - John 3:16 - is expressing the core of God's love very accurately.
Our Easter is Christ the risen. And no religious traditions, no attributes of so called "Easter" will replace the true meaning of it - the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Son of God and God Himself, who redeemed the mankind of sin with His sacrifice.

The Easter is not limited by one day in a year. Jesus has risen forever, and every day we need to remember what price is paid for our freedom in Christ. So let us follow Christ, seek His face and praise Him for His sacrifice, salvation, hope, supernatural care and boundless love!

The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTOV-ON-DON (RUSSIA) – On March 25, "Christ the Savior" Church of Rostov-on-Don celebrated the 25th anniversary. 1,100 people gathered at the church for the celebratory service. Edward Grabovenko, head bishop of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith and Pavel Kolesnichenko, bishop and senior presbyter of Rostov association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith were the special guests of the celebration.

Together with bishop Vladimir Khvalov, senior pastor of "Christ the Savior" Church, they've ordained four ministers for pastorship and four – for deaconship.Bishop Edward Grabovenko preached about the continuity of generations in the ministry to God as exemplified by biblical prophets Elijah and Elisha. Congratulating the church with the anniversary, he mentioned the high significance of the ministry of Vladimir Khvalov, head of the family ministry department of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith, nationwide.

"I'm honored to minister on one team with people who, in many respects, are wiser and more experienced than me", – said the head bishop.

Bishop Pavel Okara, founder of the "Christ the Savior" Church, sent a video with words of congratulations and blessings.

Pastors and ministers of churches of Rostov-on-Don and the area came to congratulate the church. Many of them have friendly contacts formed in the process of work of a non-profit "Association of Christian churches and Spiritual education organizations" – an organization, which has been headed by Vladimir Khvalov for more than 20 years.

Good wishes, flowers, gifts, decorations of the church building, much music, dances and songs - all that created a warm atmosphere of a family celebration. Each guest was given a specially issued magazine about the "Christ the Savior" Church history. Those who weren't able to come to the celebration watched the online live broadcast on YouTube church channel at youtube.com/hristosonline.

"Christ the Savior" Church media department,
Rostov-on-Don

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

ALTAY (RUSSIA) – 120 indigenous women of the Altai Republic gathered on April 14 at a regional women's conference.

Pastors' wives of the West Siberian Association ministered at the conference. They preached about the role of women in the church: "A Christian woman is who she is", "Woman who ministers", "Woman in the Holy Spirit".

At the conference there was a warm, family atmosphere. The Lord filled the hearts of all participants with His presence. May the Lord bless sisters and expand their hearts to serve women in the Altai republic.

West-Siberian Association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith

 

MOSCOW (RUSSIA) – "Flaming fire" regional youth conference took place in Moscow on March, 31. New Testament Сhurch of Dzerzhinski, Moscow area facilitated the conference.The key text of the conference was to focus the attention of the participants on the fire of God that lights up inside of us. The "Flaming fire" youth conference was a chance to praise God, spend time in prayer, hear the live word of God and get the new fire and power!

Representatives of different churches of Central association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith attended the conference. The participants met each other in an informal setting: the youth was divided into several teams and each one of them fulfilled some tasks.

David Sliker, the IHOP youth pastor, principal of the "Forerunner" ministry school, senior leader at IHOP KC was the key speaker of the conference. David teaches Bible studies, Prayer and Eschatology at IHOP University. He is an author of several books.In 1998 Ivan Borichevski invited David for the first time to take part in a youth rally.

Pastors and ministers prayed for every participant who needed repentance, support and renewal.

The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith

 

 

 

 

VOLOGDA (RUSSIA) – Media ministers of evangelical churches met in Revival Church of Tcherepovetz on March 9 and 10. The meeting was organized by Communications Department of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith together with the Revival Church. Sixteen representatives of five churches from Tcherepovetz, Vologda and Kaduy came to the meeting.

Anderi Derbenev, the editor-in-chief of "Primiritel" ("Peacemaker") magazine and "Faith and society" newspaper shared the tools of working with texts, explained how to write a press release and news, make a report about a mission trip. The media trainer presented practical examples of generating ideas and developing creative thinking.

The head of the Communications Department Irina Litvinova presented a review of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith media resources and during the meeting helped the participants to get to know each other and make friends.

Igor Bulatov, specialist in videography and smm, shared the knowledge about supporting accounts in social networks, gave some ideas of content for churches' accounts, presented elements of photoreports.

Media speakers focused on planning. During practice sessions the participants gained skills of media support of church's events.

Dmitry Molchanov, lawyer and representative of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith legal department, shared about the application of rules and regulations set by "Yarovaya law" in the media ministry. At the conclusion of the presentation the participants made an editor's check-list on the legalistic matters.

Similar media trainings took place since 2013 in Saint-Petersburg, Moscow, Perm and Krasnoyarsk. Media bfiefing is a format of gathering with coleagues, who meet, share experience, learn from each other.

The organizer of the meeting, media minister of Tcherepovetz "Revival" Church Artyom Vtorushin, said that he was glad to welcome guests from Vologda, Kaduy and churches of Tcherepovetz. Artyom was sure that as a result of the meeting new talents would be discovered.

"We've learned to generate and filter the ideas, - says Ilya Lamokhin, participant of the meeting. - I liked the "Six hats" method. Media ministers can help their churches in any ministry using it. Knowledge on media planning of a conference or any other event are useful to anybody".

"I liked to generate ideas using an "Octopus" techniqie, - says Leonid Chumakov. - I've learned how to write a news article, using a pyramid method. It was helpful to learn how to work in social networks and apply hashtags".

"New ideas and new victories in media ministry are guaranted. The Good News, properly shared, will be even closer to people", - Svetlana Vtoorushina summarized.

Artyom Vtorushin, Svetlana Vtorushina, Igor Bulatov

Photos by Igor Bulatov

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)