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PRAGUE – Pastor Henry Madava and Bishop Eduard Grabovenko co-chaired a meeting of the Empowered21 Cabinet for Central and Eastern Europe in Prague on 5 and 6 November. Executive Director Ashley Wilson joined the meeting via Skype.

SEVASTOPOL – On the first Saturday of November, 300 leaders, ministers, pastors, representing two thirds of the Crimean churches, gathered in Sevastopol. 

FRANKFURT – The Forum took place on October 25 and 26 in Frankfurt and gathered 160 delegates. Evangelical churches of Germany, Sweden, Spain, Ukraine, Russia, Belgium, Italy, Poland, England, Czech Republic and other countries of Europe sent delegations of Heads of Unions, pastors, ministries’ leaders, missionaries.

NOVOALTAYSK – Our testimony is about how the Holy Spirit selects people for His ministry and builds His Church. There were four of us. Inspired and filled with the Holy Spirit, we went to outreaches. On each trip we saw how ripe the fruit was, and the four of us were not enough. We prayed to the Lord and asked for more laborers. We encouraged each other and those who were near us by sharing about God’s miracles. In a short while God brought evangelists to our team.

OMSK AREA – When we preached the Gospel in Lyvovka village of Kalachinski district of Omsk area, some of the residents were listening and accepting, others didn’t want to listen.

OMSK (RUSSIA) – We continue to witness about Christ, pray for people, plant the seeds of God’s Word. Some people open their heart for Christ, agree to reconcile with Him. God Himself leads us to people who desperately need Him.

Among our new friends in the village of Yasnaya Polyana is Andrei. He has cerebral palsy. We talked with him about sin, about the importance of repentance. Read chapter 14 of Gospel of John, then suggested to pray the sinners’ prayer and Andrei agreed. He was deeply touched by our conversation and our care for him, he invited us to join him at fishing. Andrei is happy at the opportunity to communicate, because he lives a lonely life. But now he rejoices he has God beside him.

Olga lives at the same village. We shared the Gospel with her, she prayed for forgiveness of her sins, reconciled with God. But her relationships with her husband are still bad. She has no peace and obedience to him. On Bible foundation we counseled her about the love and respect she needs to have to her husband. After the prayer we blessed her and her family, agreed to keep in touch, headed her to the church in Kalachinsk, where missionaries Takhir and Marina serve.

And we met Vassily and Larissa. They never heard about God, so we gladly shared the Good News, and our testimonies. They reconciled with God. Vassily and Larissa live very poorly, we suggested help.

God knows what and whom we should say, and each one of us carrying the fire of His love feels his value for the Kingdom of God. Please, support in prayer all those who we preached the Word of God to..

Ivan Pavlov
“Nehemiah” church team, Omsk

ROSTOV-ON-DON – The Ninth Youth Conference “More than you can” again became one of the most awaited events of autumn for many guys and girls.

PERM – On November 1 to 3, a National women conference “Living by the Word” took place in Perm. Larissa Grabovenko, wife of the Head Bishop, head of women’s ministry department of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith was a speaker at the conference. Guest speakers for the second year in a row were Sharon Daugherty, pastor of Victory Christian Center (Talsa, USA) and Anna Kristiansen, pastor of Church of Christ (Norway).

KHABAROVSK – On November 1 and 2, in Khabarovsk at Grace church an annual men conference “Bravery” took place. Men from evangelical churches of Khabarovsk and Primorskiy regions and the Sakhalin island came to the conference. 

In September 2017, Pastor of the Yoido Full Gospel Church, the world's largest congregation, with a claimed membership of 830,000, Dr. Young-Hoon Lee was interviewed by VIO.MEDIA during his trip to Russia, as honored guest speaker at the National Conference of the Russian Pentecostal Union (The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith).

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.