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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.

Dear Friends,

This time of year, when we celebrate the true joy of Christmas, we are blessed to have you as our friends and partners. Thank you for standing with us through your prayers and support as together we continue to reach people of Russia so that they will know why Jesus came.

ST. PETERSBURG (RUSSIA) - In St. Petersburg, on December 10 the fifth annual Christmas Festival was held. It was organized by the North-West Association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith. Spacious convention center “Moscovsky” traditionally became the venue for the festival.

This year, the festival consisted of two parts: a matinee for children and a festive gathering for young people of St. Petersburg and Leningrad region.

BARNAUL (RUSSIA) - A team from the New Life Church of Barnaul evangelized in the town of Kosikha in Altai region. All 6,000 residents of the town heard the Gospel, 276 of them reconciled with God, a home church started to meet. The team more than once have brought food products, clothes, helped people to landscape their yards. In the beginning of summer the team organized a celebration for kids with clowns, puppet show and a trampoline.

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.

SYKTYVKAR (RUSSIA) - During winter holidays Source of Life Church of Syktyvkar opened its doors for the participants of the fourth regional youth conference “Restart4: Real-time”. The conference brought together young people from churches of the Komi Republic – Vorkuta, Usinsk, Pechora, Ukhta and other cities. The conference began with an inspirational message about the importance of personal relationship with God, and prayer for youth to renew relationships with God and receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Evening continued with praise and worship service, when everybody in unity praised the Creator.

PERM (RUSSIA) - December 10, 2016 Regional Women's Conference was held in Perm. This year was declared the Year of the Word of God in the Pentecostal Union of Russia. “Your word is the lamp unto my feet and the light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105) was the theme of the women's conference “Living by the Word.”

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.

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)