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Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Russian Church of Evangelical Faith Christians we wish you Happy Easter! Christ is Risen! The triumphant message of the Resurrection brings joy and reminds of the greatest miracle, ‘that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and he was buried and … he rose again on the third day according to the scriptures...’ (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

MOSCOW (RUSSIA) - On Friday, June 24, 2016, Russia's State Duma approved a final pakage of several anti-terrorist laws suggested by deputy Irina Yarovaya and Senator Viktor Ozerov. It has already been recognized as some of the harshest and most repressive legislation in post-Soviet history that Russian lawmakers voted on.

Dear Friends! Joyfully we celebrate Passover, the time when the Lord granted us freedom from slavery of sin. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us and rose from the dead! (1 Cor. 5:7)

We pray the resurrection of Jesus Christ and His life abide in each of us, for only in Him we find hope and a future.

May the Passover of Jesus Christ become real in lives of our loved ones and the peace of God and His grace rest in your hearts! Happy Easter!

With love and prayers,

Edward Grabovenko
Head Bishop

The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith

KHABAROVSK (FAR EAST, RUSSIA) – On June 17 and 18, in Khabarovsk, Head Bishop Edward Grabovenko and his deputy Vassily Yevchik served at the annual regional conference of the churches of the Khabarovsk Territory. The Conference was attended by Bishop Peter Yarmolyuk, head of the Sakhalin Association, deputy head bishop in the Far Eastern Federal District, and the head of the association of Grace Churches in Irkutsk region Vladimir Savonov.

MOSCOW (RUSSIA) – On May 7-9, the annual conference of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith was held at the Congress Hall of the Moscow World Trade Center. This year it was dedicated to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and was called “Prepare the Way of the Lord”. Seven services and 13 workshops took place during the conference. The program included panel discussions on Mission and Reformation, led by the rector of the Moscow Theological Institute Sergei Yastrzhembsky.

MOSCOW (RUSSIA), May 7 – 2017 is declared, here at the Russian Church, the Year of Good News. It is also the year of 500 Years of Reformation. “Prepare the way for the Lord” is the theme of the Conference.

MOSCOW (RUSSIA) - In 2018, Russia will host FIFA World Cup. On December 13–15, a meeting of the coordinating council of the Alliance of sports ministries was held in Moscow. The purpose of the meeting was preparation for the championship. During the event evangelical churches will organize activities related to engage teenagers and young people into a healthy lifestyle.

ST. PETERSBURG (RUSSIA) - On December 10 and 11, St. Petersburg hosted the Global Leadership Summit 2015. It was organized by the North-West Association of the Russian CHurch of Chrostoans of Evangelical Faith and the Church of Evangelical Christians-Baptists.

A featured speaker of the summit in St. Petersburg this year was Dr. Satish Kumar,  pastor of the church in Hyderabad, India, which has over 120,000 members. The minister shared the word about family, ministry and personal relationships with God.

Few things are more iconic than the Star of Bethlehem — the star Magi from the east followed to ultimately find and worship the Christ Child. Over the centuries, many have speculated that the Star of Bethlehem was some sort of natural phenomenon that took place, but Dr. Richard Hammar, who teaches astronomy at Evangel University (and is also well known for his standard-setting prowess when it comes to church and law), believes the common explanations simply fall short. Hammar says he views the Star of Bethlehem as one of the most endearing yet mysterious aspects of the Christmas story as it only appears in one passage in the gospels, and that being in the Gospel of Matthew.