Ministries

ROSTOV-ON-DON (RUSSIA) – Southern regional conference of rehabilitation ministry took place in Rostov-on-Don on October, 26-28. More than 60 participants came from all over southern region of Russia: Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar, Stavropol, cities of Caucasus and Crimea. Special atmosphere of God’s presence was dwelling at every service.

Bishops Alexei Rudenki and Vladimir Khvalov preached and ministered by prayer. As all participants stayed at a recreation complex, many of them were able to talk in person with the senior ministers, who prayed for them, prophesied and ministered to them.

Pavel Pigurski, regional representative of rehabilitation ministry in Omsk area, shared his experience of cooperating with the government and supporting social projects.

Sergei Kostyushkin, coordinator of “Every home for Christ” project in Siberia shared his experience of preaching the Gospel through printed media. Everyone interested were able to participate in an evangelism project and try to create their own booklets.

We express our gratitude to Christ the Savior Church of Rostov-on-Don. The participants of the conference expressed their desire to make the conference annual. It was suggested to begin to train rehabilitation ministers for the southern region.

Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith

 

 

 

CHISINAU (MOLDOVA) - “Micah” International Organization’s Conference took place on April 8 and 9 in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova. The conference was held for churches and social ministries of CIS, for Russian-speaking audience.

IZHEVSK (RUSSIA) - December 1-4, a final session in the city of Izhevsk marked the completion of the unprecedented project for Russian centers of social rehabilitation. During three years (2011 – 2014) directors and workers of the rehabilitation centers were able to go through a training program and improve their skills and level of work of their centers.

PERM (RUSSIA) – On November 3-4, 2017 sisters from churches of Perm area, guests from Sverdlovsk, Chelyabinsk areas and Komi Republic took part in the conference. About 700 participants attended each of the four services.

How to receive the reward in spite of challenges and obstacles? Who is the woman living according to God’s Word, having made the covenant with God? – She is the one, fearless of anything, and going through all challenges and troubles with her faith and with God. That and many more the sisters were meditating and praying about. God was variously addressing each of the women’s hearts at the conference through the songs of “Living water” Russian song company, through the vocal-dancing composition “You have wings”, through the ministry of Perm and Krasnokamsk worship teams, and, of course, through His Word.

The speakers of the conference were Svetlana Pershina, director of Sverdlovsk non-profit organization Christian crisis counseling line “Lines of love”, head of women ministry of The answer is Jesus church in Ekaterinburg, and Natalia Gerasimova, coordinator of women ministry and a spouse of the bishop of Komi-Perm autonomous region association. Each one of them sincerely shared the Word of God, and was warmly and lovingly welcomed by the participants.

God visited the conference in a special way through a blessed guest, a precious sister, a founder and the head of women’s organization “Heart to Heart” Denise Renner. Thanks to her ministry, – God heals the hearts and changes women’s lives. At the conference Denise was singing and sharing what God has put on her heart, inspiring to move forward, in spite of any difficulties, temptations, challenges, and… receive the reward!

The “Living according to the Word” conference has become a bright event, where God was speaking to every woman’s heart, was inspiring, comforting, encouraging. Any woman is able to achieve anything if she lives according to the Word and follows the Holy Spirit leadership!

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KEMEROVO (RUSSIA) – Regional women’s conference named “And she happily faces the future” took place in Kemerovo on November 3 and 4. About 450 women from all over Kuzbass region came to receive a timely word from God. The speakers of the conference were Olga Kaidalova, Oksana Izmadenova, Evgeniya Stolyarova and Marina Khoroschenko.

At a sermon titled “A Christian woman – who is she?” Olga Kaidalova presented an interview with people who shared their suppositions about who a Christian woman is, and then gave a Biblical answer to the question. After the sermon every sister in Christ was sure: a Christian woman is the one belonging to Christ! 


Oksana Izmadenova explored a topic about “A woman in ministry”. What does that mean? Which ministry we can call the most valuable in life? Pastor Oksana made a conclusion: a true ministry is “dressed for a workday”, which means that it doesn’t attract much attention.

Evgeniya Stolyarova preached on “Femininity”. Each one of us is like a garden that needs to be watered. And if the source of the water is God – the garden will be beautiful! 


Marina Khoroschenko shared an important and interesting word about “A woman in the Holy Spirit”. Her key message was the necessity to behold God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit helps us not to be in despair in desperate circumstances.

Besides the timely sermons, the conference is well remembered for many other highlights. Some of the sisters received prophetic gifts. The facilitators conducted a lottery, and the winners received prizes. The youth prepared dances, and all participants joined them in the dance. There were a lot of joy and laughter, the happiness of God’s presence has overflown every participant.



The pastors’ wives gathered at a lunch, and made a decision to continue to develop the women’s ministry in local churches.
The conference was closed by a common prayer, and through it every sister received a prophetic word for herself, a comforting word, an answer or a touch from the Father.

The participants left enthusiastic feedback.

Tatyana Ermicheva: “How wonderful were these days – with great advantage for ourselves, received so many revelations. God, thank You for the blessings!”


Yulia Grigorieva: “Pastor Olga, thank you for the blessed time! Thank you for holding on to God and teaching us that. My family and me have gained something new. May God bless you abundantly!”

Galina Bushueva: “The conference and the living Word is just in time, thank God!”

Svetlana Reshetnikova: “The conference was great, all life aspects were expanded. The atmosphere was snug and homelike. The lottery and the prizes was a surprise. And on the second day angels were meeting us at the entrance to the temple. It was just stunning! The conference was superb!”

The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith

 

 

 

 

DZERZHINSKY (RUSSIA) – “Called, beloved, kept by God” women’s conference gathered 300 women from Moscow and Moscow area in Dzerzhinsky on October 14. Nicely decorated hall, standing buffet, small gifts, wrapped nicely, created the atmosphere that prepared women’s hearts for accepting the Word. It was a wonderful opportunity for each woman to be Mary, not Martha with her routine responsibilities. Sisters in Christ of different ages, marital status and professions were united. All of them were the same – created of ribs to be helpers, and it was easy to be themselves and talk openly about their own weaknesses, to listen and accept the answers.

Through such unique but equally beautiful in their faithful love for Christ speakers – Lyudmila Panasovets, Elena Khuda and Larissa Grabovenko – God has touched every heart. Practical, protreptic and personal, visually presented word from each of them was inspiring. They captured the audience with their own example, talking about a woman’s call, the beauty of humble and silent spirit, and about the act of faith. And of course the prayer for sisters has become a special blessing and has changed every one. Sisters in Christ who had never sung at a church, started to praise God in unity. Others were willing to remain in God’s presence, stayed in their places in fellowship with God long after the service. God was at work with each one, and was acting differently.

Such events are a need, they allow sisters in Christ to biblically “encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 {to be} sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands…” (Titus 2:4-5). And how wonderful it is to spend a day among women and then return home and see the wisdom of the Creator in a new way, to see that He created this world amazingly, and placed us among men.

New Testament Church, Moscow area, and

City Night Church, Moscow

 

 

IZHEVSK (RUSSIA) – October, 10 became a special day for 17 people, and their families. On that day they made a covenant with the Lord by water baptism in Philadelphia Church of Izhevsk. The joyful event traditionally was accompanied by songs of praise to God. All 17 entered the baptistery, leaving behind their past life, to make a vow to God to follow Him.

God has prepared a wonderful destiny for everyone. He will never forsake or leave us. He will be with us in joy and sorrow. He will take care of us. We don’t know what happens in the spiritual world during the sacrament, but we know for sure that God rejoices. It is so wonderful that many of those baptized were young people.

After the water baptism pastors prayed for the Holy Spirit baptism for these people. After that all who were present at the event congratulated new church members.

Philadelphia Church of Izhevsk

The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith

SERBIA – In June, a team of 25 young people from churches of Perm and Kaliningrad went on a missions trip to Serbia. After six months of detailed preparation, prayers and steps of faith, missionaries spent two weeks in service, fellowship, new discoveries and witnessed an unforgettable touch of God on the hearts of people in Serbia and experienced changes in their lives!

ODESSA (UKRAINE) - “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit — fruit that will last — and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” (John 15:16 NIV )

PERM (RUSSIA) – The second group of Youth ministry leaders’ school graduated in Perm on November 11th and 12th at the New Testament Church. New youth ministry leaders and two trainers who trained the churches in Solikamsk, Nyagan and Blagoveschensk, were prepared.

The graduates shared testimonies about how the school changed them and equipped them for the youth ministry. Alexander Khudyakov, pastor and the youth ministry leader for the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith said that he was satisfied with the training process. Together with leaders of the youth ministry in Perm they adapted the curriculum for their situation and recruited the third group. Very soon the graduates of the training will be grouped into the teams and will be sent to share their experience with the youth in other churches and cities of our country. I believe and I know that the input into equipping the new leaders is the most effective thing of what we’re able to do in order to develop the youth ministry in Russia.

Pavel Koryakin,
Youth Ministry School Project Coordinator

 

 

KALININGRAD (RUSSIA) – On November 4, young people from different churches of the Kaliningrad regional association of the Russian Church of Evangelical Christians gathered in Sovetsk. There a conference was held practicing methods of preaching the Gospel to young people who do not know Christ as Savior.

A local church in Sovetsk opened its doors for youth. On this day they had an opportunity gave an opportunity to hear the inspiring word from God. Approximately 60 participants were waiting for God's move.

Speakers of the conference were youth ministry leader of the Emmanuel Church of Kaliningrad Artem Ananiev, representative of the youth mission department Pavel Koryakin, pastor of the Love of Christ Church of Kaliningrad Pavel Savin, They preached the word about the Cross as the center of the Gospel, about the Great Commandment and Great Commission of Jesus Christ, about the blessing and support of God for those who faithfully serve Him.

From hearing, participants immediately went to practice, gooing to the streets of the city and conducting a social survey that determined interests, life position and popular places of leisure for young people. As a result of the received data, an image of a young person in the city of Sovetsk was made up.

At the conference there were worship groups of Kaliningrad churches Emmanuel and Recovery Center. The first opened the conference, and the second closed, holding an evening of praise and worship.

The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith

 

 

 

 

SMOLENSK (RUSSIA) – “I have manifested Your name to the men” (John 17:6) was the name of the annual youth conference that took place at the Holy Trinity Church of Smolensk on October 27-28. This year it united 100 participants from churches of Smolensk area and guests from Kaluga and Moscow for worshiping God, fellowshipping and edification.

The topicality of reaching the youth with the Gospel gains momentum, the topic is evermore crucial. How to make the work efficient? What is needed for that? How do we become a tool in God’s hands to fulfill the most important mission? Services of the conference provided the answers to these and many other questions.

Speakers were sharing their spiritual experience in the Good News ministry, in raising a church and developing the work with youth. The focus in training people to share personal testimonies was made at looking for the Holy Spirit leadership, close relationships with God and righteous Christian life. During the days of the conference we were able to see the creative works of the participants. We believe that the conference helped many of them to spiritually renovate and change. They received inspiration and power to fulfill Christ’s Great commandment.

Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith

 

 

 

PERM (RUSSIA) - Round 3 of Children’s Bible quiz, which all participants looked forward to, was held at the New Testament Church of Perm on June, 4. This time children from churches of Kachkanar, Solikamsk, Tchernushka and Perm took part in the quiz. Children showed profound knowledge of the Bible, answered the most complicated questions (questions for 30 points awaited them this time!), displayed smarts and erudition.
We should note that children eagerly prepared for the round. To quote a verse from the Bible and name the chapter and number of the verse can be challenging even for an adult!

NOVOSIBIRSK (RUSSIA) - Children’s ministry of the Covenant Church of Novosibirsk organizes various events and one of them took place recently: children’s winter camp during winter school break. Children and Sunday School teachers went out of town and spent several days in the recreation center.

OMSK (RUSSIA) - On June 24 to 27, Zhatva Church of Omsk with the help of football coaches from Sweden held a Christian football camp for children and teenagers. If last year 65 children attended the camp, this year 100 boys and girls wanted to participate at this exciting event. Of these kids, 20 have never heard the Good News.

MOSCOW (RUSSIA) – On October 21, the Correspondence Theological Institute celebrated the graduation of a group of acoustically challenged students. Three graduates gained qualification in “Practical theology minister”, others were granted with letters of appreciation and memorable gifts.

During two years brothers and sisters from Russia and Kazakhstan patiently and diligently studied theological subjects. In spite of the challenges, biblical truths gained deep and protreptic meaning for them. The acquired knowledge and skills will equip them for ministry to acoustically challenged people.

Moscow Theological Institute

The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith

 

RUSSIA - Youth ministry news - Our youth ministry is srtiving to equip and multiply youth leaders and students to reach the younger generation with a life-changing relationship to Jesus Christ. We are using the strategy and training materials of the Reach Out Youth Solutions ministry. Here is our latest news.

MOSCOW (RUSSIA) - On June 12 of 2016 a solemn ceremony of awarding a doctoral degree to six PhD students took place at All-Russian conference of Russian church of Christians of Evangelical Faith. The doctor’s degree was conferred to: Sergei Yastrzhembski, President of Moscow Theological Institute, Aelita Zhidyaeva, Academic Vice-President for Moscow Theological Institute, Igor Ivanenko, Vitaly Nakul and Sergei Zhidyaev – Professors of Moscow Theological Institute and Pastor Alexander Nikolaev.