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PECHORA (RUSSIA) – Any birthday party means friends, congratulations, new memories and positive emotions and joy that you share with the loved ones. The Source of Life Church of Pechora had time just like that last week.

The church celebrated the 13th anniversary by a conference, where the speakers were Pavel Kudrov and senior pastors of The Source of Life Church Grant Burnadze (Pechora), Anatoly Potapov (Vorkuta), Pavel Volkov (Usinsk) and Ivan Butarin (Koigorodok). Business-trainer, graduate of the Oral Roberts University Mark Kudrov shared the Word.

Sermons of the speakers had a common keynote: “Close relationships with God and people”. The ministers encouraged the community to dwell in love, forgiveness and obedience to God.

A performance group of the church presented a dance. The speakers congratulated pastors Grant and Elena Burnadze and spoke the words of gratitude for their work at God’s race.

The preparation to the celebration was a lot of fun. The church family participated in a bout of cleaning, decorated the hall. Participants of the One Year for Jesus —Yoyuth Project from Perm, who came to Pechora for practice, helped organizing the conference.

Pastor Elena Burnadze shared her impressions about the conference: “We expected God’s presence, powerful prayers, revelations and council from God’s anointed people and fellowship. All our expectations turned into reality. At the conference we felt a special presence when God was addressing the hearts, was inspiring was, improved us, and the prayer was most powerful and anointed. God is good!”

The plans of the church are to preach God’s Word to people of Pechora and to minister to them. It was a remarkable time when the Christians filled with God’s power to continue the effective ministry.

 

SAINT-PETERSBURG (RUSSIA) – On June 8 to 10, the New Testament Church of Saint-Petersburg conducted festive services to celebrate it 11th anniversary.

The main guest speaker was the senior pastor of Kharkov Christian Church Pyotr Kovalenko. His key message was about unity — unity with God, with the church, in the family and in relationships with people. “People will see God in the unity and love that Christians have among them. Divisions stop the move of God’s power, that’s why it is God’s desire that brothers and sisters in Christ would be friends. We all need to learn friendship in Christ”, — was pastor Kovalenko’s main thought.

The keynote of the services was the Scripture verse: “Thus far the LORD has helped us” (1 Samuel, 7:12). Alexander Tsvetkov, senior pastor of the New Testament Church in Saint-Petersburg, noted: “Despite of the years that have passed it is still important to maintain the zeal and passion to serve Him and people, as if it was our first year, and put our hopes not on our experience, but on the Lord”.

In conclusion of the celebration, pastor Tsvetkov pointed out that the church is the only answer for the society. “God will be raising His church. The church has always been a goal for the attacks of the devil and those who are trapped by his will. It was under severe persecution, thrown into the millstones of sufferings, it was used as a tool of tyranny to intimidate the society, it was used as a marketplace, pursuing sordid motives, but never before the church was treated so insensibly. The lies the devil so ingeniously proclaims is that the Church is not necessary, that people have an alternative path of faith, where they don’t need to be a part of community with other believers and don’t need to be accountable to ministers and pastors. By rejecting the unity we reject God’s plan, His will. Because He Himself, Jesus, has chosen to become a human to share with His people the joy and the grief, betrayal and friendship. By convicting the cupidity and superficiality of some teachers of the law He was fulfilling the Law. He was crucified and raised in the body. He gave us the greatest commandment of unity in breaking the bread and sharing the cup that witness about being a part of His life”.

Media-service of the New Testament Church of Saint-Petersburg

The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith

 

 

ASTRAKHAN (RUSSIA) – On June 9, on the eve of the Russia Day, at Astrakhan Governor’s office a ceremonial reception took place. 26 distinguished Astrakhan residents were awarded rewards – medals, honorary titles, certificates of acknowledgement, honorable distinctions and honorary certificates.

The awarded people represented all kinds of professions: a fire fighter, a research scientist, an economist, a master of sports in swimming, a rear-admiral, a cardiologist, an Islamic community minister, an archpriest of an Orthodox community, member of veterans’ association.

Alexander Kalinin, pastor of the local religious organization of Christians of Evangelical Faith “Christ the Savior Church” of Astrakhan was awarded an honorary certificate of the Governor for good achievements in long-term professional and social work and a substantial contribution into the social and economic development of Astrakhan area.

Three months ago, on March, 7, at the working meeting with heads of regional protestant organizations Governor Alexander Zhilkin talked with them about cooperation with the executive branch of the regional government, work with youth, charity, social projects.

At the meeting pastor Alexander Kalinin shared about good deeds of members of the Astrakhan Christ the Savior Church: individual work with drug-addicts, support of financially disadvantaged citizens, moral awareness programs in Astrkhan prisons.

“It is important that besides the canonical and educational work, you implement social projects and provide support to children from dysfunctional and financially disadvantaged families, support people who find themselves in hardships, contribute into the institution of the family consolidation, give much attention to promotion of healthy lifestyle”, — emphasized Alexander Zhilkin at the meeting.


The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith
according to the web-site of the Astrakhan Governor’s office http://jilkin.ru

 

 

 

 

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

On June 10 to 12, the head of family ministry of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith, senior pastor of Christ the Savior Church of Rostov-on-Don bishop Vladimir Khvalov and his wife Olga conducted a three days long conference “Family. Church. Society” in The Good News Church of Tyumen. 150 people from different churches took part in the conference.

The schedule of the conference was full. The speakers ministered to men and women separately and ministered to families and individuals.

“It feels like we’re climbing a mountain, and at each marriage conference more and more God’s glory comes to the ministry. This time there was less theory but more prayers. We spoke about fatherhood, about honoring the family and church. God gave us prophecies, people felt the touch of the Lord, made important decisions, received healings”, — said bishop Khvalov.

During the trip the bishop had a meeting with leaders of ministries from different churches of Tyumen and ordained one of the ministers to the deacon of the church.

Media-service of Christ the Savior Church of Rostov-on-Don
https://hristos.ru/

 

 

NOVOSIBIRSK (RUSSIA) – On Sunday, April 22, an important event for 15 guys and girls took place at the Covenant Church of Novosibirsk. They made a covenant with the Lord and promised to keep their purity till marriage. To confirm their decision they put on rings.

During five weeks the young people have been studying all about the true love, how the true love is different from falling in love and how to keep the purity till marriage. Over this time each one of them was testing themselves, facing difficulties of this decision, praying and fasting. Finally they made a decision to say "Yes" to the Lord in the covenant.

Some of them faced a hard choice, "What if I break the promise?" God helped them to see their lives from another point and realize they were able to follow Him unalterably.

So the day has come. Being festively excited they've pronounced the words of the covenant: "I believe that the Lord has prepared for me a true and only love. I want to keep myself spiritually and physically pure for the God blessed union. And today before God, the church, my friends and family I give a promise to strive to Christ's likeness…" For many that became a turning point of their lives that they would always remember.

Anastasia Kolesnikova

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

 

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)