One Year For Jesus
ALTAI (RUSSIA_ – We thank God that He has chosen us – to bring the news of salvation to people of Komsomolski town is a great honor. Of course, it does not always go smoothly and well. Some people accept the Good news, some – don’t. Many people oppose and say: “We’re Orthodox, we have a church…” But when we ask them, “Who is Jesus for you?” – they don’t know what to answer....
With those who accept the News of Salvation, we keep in touch. When we come for a visit, we always bring something: a book, a newspaper and some treats for tea. It takes time to build relationships, but it is worth it. Today there’s a home in Komsomolski – Semyon Ivanovich’s – that is willing to invite people for home church meetings. We praise God for this man! He’s 85, but still active: he helps people remove the garbage using his truck. He introduced us to his friend, Vassily Yakovlevich who is also 85. Recently he prayed the sinners’ prayer.
We stay in touch with people who come to our home church meetings. Some time ago a new family joined us: a mother, Zoya Romanovna, she is 78, and her son Nikolai, he’s 55. The mother is a Christian, and besides Nikolai she has two other sons and a daughter. Nikolai was a military officer. Because of his drinking habit, he lost his family. He willingly talks to us, shows us pictures of his past life. He feels a lot of pain, disappointment and hurt. We pray that God would bring him to repentance and would restore all that was destroyed.
We’ve seen the first fruit of our prayers: two weeks after we met Nikolai and his mother we learned that Nikolai drank less than before and once he came home almost sober after a birthday party.
Some people are not able to attend home church due to disabilities, so we visit them at their homes. We talk, study the Bible, worship the Lord and pray together. We praise the Lord for all opportunities He provides, His strength, peace and joy!
Komsomolski settlement team, Altai region
BARNAUL (RUSSIA) – Kalmanka town is not large, about 3 thousand people. We’ve come here several times to share the Good News and pray for the alcohol-addicts, as there’re many of them in Kalmanka. We already see the results of our prayers: it is our third visit to one home, and now all family members are sober, and they even cleaned the place up, so the yard is clean and tidy. And when we read the Bible with these people, the Word of God changes their faces – they begin to glow and their once wan eyes liven up, the Holy Spirit touches some of them so mightily they begin to cry. We see the conditions that they have to live in, and it is our desire that their lives could change. We pray and believe that it is possible for God.
There’re other families – working people, pensioners, young people. When we start telling them the Good News, many of them get nervous: they don’t have time, they have problems and troubles. Then we begin to read the Bible, suddenly we see interest in their eyes, their faces change and the Word of God touches their hearts.
Some time ago, Jehovah’s Witnesses lived in Kalmanka, and they went door to door. That’s why many people wouldn’t let us in, but many people give us their phone numbers so that we could invite them to come if there are any crusades. Two people are willing to come to Barnaul to our church’s conference. We pray that they’re able to solve their issues with their work and finances and are able to come.
We’re thankful to God for the opportunity to preach the Gospel. We always return home inspired and filled with joy, strength and desire to minister to people. Glory to God!
The Light of Revival Church team, Barnaul
ULAN-UDE (BURYATIA, RUSSIA) – By God’s grace we continue to preach the Gospel to the people of Buryatia and they get saved. They are thirsty for God. An old Buryat woman of 87 years old repented after sister Marina told her about God in Buryat language. One day after that we returned and brought her a Bible in Buryat language. She took the sinner’s prayer and the Lord’s prayer – a brochure in Buryat language. Her granddaughter promised she would read it to her and memorize it.
ULAN-UDE (RUSSIA) - By God’s mercy our team continues to regularly bring the Gospel of hope to many people. During fall and winter we’ve been preaching in new residential locations and continued to preach at where we had started to share the Good News before: we visited towns of Kyakhta, Selendum, Novoseleginsk, Gusinoe Ozero, Gusinoozersk.
TOPKI (RUSSIA) - New Life Church in the town of Topki in Kemerovo area is very small: 20 people who faithfully fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. On Topkinski district map 38 inhabited location are marked with red flags – they are the locations visited by Christians from the New Life Church.
PERM (RUSSIA) - In June a joint team of children’s and youth workers from Perm and Lysva together with the One Year for Jesus team members held an outreach for children in one of the settlements in Perm region. 65 children and their parents participated in a camp that was called “The way to the dream” and lasted for 3 days. Children had a lot of fun: jumped on a trampoline, played interesting games and learned about Jesus Christ. For many of them it was the first time when they heard that there is the One Who loves them and cares for them.
KARELIA (RUSSIA) - Warm days came and the One Year for Jesus summer evangelism campaign in Karelia has started. Pastors and ministers from several churches combined their forces to create a strong evangelism team and take the Word of God to people.
STEPNYAKI (RUSSIA) - In Stepnyaki settlement of Kansk district in Central Siberia our team met a family whose house was gutted by fire. After the fire the woman with two kids had to move to her mother’s house. At Sunday church service we shared about the need of this family, members of the church collected necessities and money.
ULAN-UDE (RUSSIA) - Team from Ulan-Ude continues to minister in cities and towns of Buryatia. In April, evangelists went to Selenginsky district, to Selenduma, Gusinoe Ozero, Novoselenginsk and Gusinoozersk towns. Usually we come to every house. we try to visit again and again people who are not open to the Gospel. On this trip there were 52 families that we visited for the second time, 21 people accepted Jesus as their Savior. We pray that home churches would be started in those villages.
NOVOKUZNETSK (RUSSIA) - Not far from the city of Novokuznetsk there are several teleut villages. Teleuts are one of small indigenous groups in Siberia, and they live here since ancient times. There’re only about 3 thousand of them in the whole world. As we found out, their culture is strongly connected to shamanism. During our first visit we came across very aggressive people. One drunk teleut hit one of our brothers. Others were trying to hit us with their car. But in the other teleut village we have a church. So next time we took some of our teleut brothers with us. They showed us the way and helped us out in the conflicts with drunk villagers.
We visited nine homes, and then went to see the people we knew, and preached there. A woman named Tatiyana prayed the sinners’ prayer! Tatiyana told us that her husband Yuri was having some serious health issues, had to go through chemiotherapy. Now he is deeply depressed and doesn’t want to talk to anybody. Tatiyana asked if we would pray for Yuri’s salvation.