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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.

OMSK (RUSSIA) - On May 1, Nehemiah Church of Omsk celebrated Easter. Senior pastor Denis Malyutin addressed the congregation with a word of greeting and wished that on such a day all the needs would be met for those who praise the name of God. Children from Sunday school sang psalms, recited verses from the Bible, performed a skit about three trees. The youth and their teacher of art Kristina Bochineva presented a performance called “Jesus is risen! God of earth and heaven”.

NOVOSIBIRSK (RUSSIA) - Alpha Course for husbands and wives is a series of weekly seminars where people discuss important issues which are not much focused upon and easily overlooked in daily life. Two months ago eleven married couples decided to begin this course and spend one day a week getting to know their spouse better. Every couple had a real date which included a sincere talk over a table decorated with candles. They could open their hearts to each other without being distracted by anything.

SYKTYVKAR (RUSSIA) - As a result of our outreaches in Komi Republic we started a new home church in the town of Sobino. Just recently when our team came to this town, we saw a family, that we made acquaintences with on a previous trip to Sobino: Alexey,

KANSK (RUSSIA) - After the crusade in Dorozhny village we decided to have a tea party to get to know each other better. Several people stayed. 14-year old Vika was one of them. Our sisters noted her strange behavior: while we prayed for a woman, Vika was restless. As we later found out, she was frightened.

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.

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.

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!

MOSCOW (RUSSIA) - On May 19, Moscow Theological Institute congratulated its graduates. Seven students defended their theses and got the degree of Bachelor of practical theology. Three of them received diplomas with honors.

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)