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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.

MOSCOW (RUSSIA) - On November 19, Dr. Kim Sung Ho, the president of the South Korean Hansei University visited Moscow Theological Institute. Dr. Kim is a spouse of the world-famous pastor of the world's largest evangelical church David Yonggi Cho.

Hansei University has several educational departments such as theology, management and business, humanitarian and social studies, information technology and others.

Institute of Bible Translation in Russia has recently published an illustrated edition of “Bible Stories” in the Dungan language, spoken primarily in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and China. This book is a short version of IBT’s beloved Children’s Bible that introduces readers to 58 stories from the Old and New Testament.

Institute for Bible Translation (IBT) has released an audio recording of the book of Proverbs in the Kumyk language. The Kumyks are the largest Turkic people in the northern Caucasus region of Russia, with approximately 432,000 living in Dagestan and another 70,000 or so in other parts of Russia.

The latest New Testament to be published by Institute for Bible Translation (IBT) is in Bashkir, a Turkic language spoken by more than 1 million people in central Russia. IBT began work on this first-ever translation of the full New Testament into Bashkir in the mid-1990s with a view towards producing a clear, accurate and natural text. Positive scholarly reviews of the translated text by the Institute of History, Language and Literature in Ufa, the capital city of Bashkortostan, testify to the fact that this goal has been achieved.

MOSCOW (RUSSIA) - In the end of January, the Institute for Bible Translation in Russia/CIS celebrated the 20th anniversary of their official registration as a Russian organization. Since 1995, IBT staff and their partners in other Bible translation organizations have been working on translating Holy Scripture into more than 60 languages in the former USSR. The New Testament has been translated into 19 languages (including Bashkir, which is currently at the print house in Ufa), and the full Bible into 2 languages, Tuvan and Chechen.

The Book of Acts will soon be brought to primetime television, with accompanying theological input from Assemblies of God leaders, through NBC’s A.D. The Bible Continues. In early 2013, the husband-and-wife team Mark Burnett and Roma Downey say they had a vision to share the life-changing stories of the Bible to millions of people throughout the world. Burnett was uniquely equipped for the task as the producer of several of television’s most-watched series, including Survivor, The Voice, Shark Tank, and The Apprentice.

Frontman of U2 Bono, Ed Sheeran, One Direction and other artists took part in a charity project Band Aid 30 and recorded a single to raise money to tackle the Ebola crisis in West Africa, Interfax reported ( culture / 407,596) with reference to the BBC News ( A video for the song was shown on ITV's The X Factor on November 17.

SYKTYVKAR (RUSSIA) - Last weekend Larry and Mary Kessler, Assemblies of God missionaries, ministered at the Source of Life Church in Syktyvkar. For 23 years they serve to people of Russia preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.

On Saturday, Larry Kessler taught and preached at the Bible School and at the youth meeting. Jeremiah was the theme of the Bible School seminar. Larry taught that before we were born, God called us, gave us gifts and talents for the ministry. God said, “Do not be afraid, because I'm with you!” Our primary goal is to be like clay in the hand of God, and not to run away from the hands of the Great Potter. Because only He makes our life beautiful.

HANNOVER (GERMANY), Mar 7 - On the occasion of the UN's 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family, the Pentecostal European Fellowship (PEF) held for the very first time a Symposium on the Family and Marriage in Hannover (Germany) on March 7, 2014.