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SAINT-PETERSBURG – On December 26, the concluding pastors’ meeting took place in North-Western Association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith. In celebration of Christmas 88 senior ministers together with their spouses gathered socially at the large hall of Saint Katherine’s Cathedral for the festive dinner. The program included the word of the senior presbyter, prayer, the Holy Communion and a festive program.
 
Ministers recollected the main events of the year and summed up. It’s the second time that at this meeting pastors determine winners in different nominations by authorless voting.
 
Pastors voted the Reformer of 2017 – a person, who has made a special contribution to the life of the Association, has started a new ministry, church or a project – the senior presbyter of the North-Western Association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith Alexander Tsvetkov. The Family of the year – family as an example of faith, love and devotion to the ministry – is Dmitry and Nadezhda Larkin and their nine children. The Father of 2017 – pastor as an example of care and fatherhood – is Petr Kravchuk. The nominees received memorable gifts and in their response word wished all those present a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
 
That day has become a pleasant memory and gave pastors had a good time of fellowship and ready to continue to expand the Kingdom of God in Saint-Petersburg and Leningrad area.

The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith

 

 

 

 

 

PERM (RUSSIA) – On December 23, protestant churches of Perm gathered together to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Reformation. Members of 11 evangelical communities took part in celebration.
Church ministers reminded of the basic concepts of protestant theology.

David Roerich, the provost of the Evangelical-Lutheran congregation in Perm, shared from Hebrews 11 about how often we mention faith, but do not think about it as we should. And it is faith that unites us and will lead us to God. It is impossible to please God without faith.

Vladimir Menschikov, minister of the Ural center of Christians of Evangelical Faith, spoke about the Bible – that it has all the answers in spite of the time we live in, and shared the word from Psalm 119:165.

Vladimir Kuchev, presbyter of Evangelical Christians Baptists shared about Christ, His personality and that the question who He is is still a key question.

Sergei Fartushny, preacher from the Seventh Day Adventists church of Perm spoke about how all the glory belongs to God and shared from Romans 11:36, Colossians 1:17 and 1 Cor. 10:31.

The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith

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Beloved Friends! Christmas greetings! May this special season be filled with joy, peace and love!
 
We live in a special time when God is preparing His church for His second coming. He said, “I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh” (Joel 2:28). We are the generation, who prepares this world for Jesus Christ, proclaiming His goodwill toward men (Luke 2:14) – the same glorious message that the angels brought to shepherds more than 2000 years ago. May God help us always be an example of faith, grace and spiritual strength to glorify Him.

May God bless you! We wish you all happy Christmas and joyous New Year!
 
With love and prayers,
 
Edward and Larissa Grabovenko
The New Testament Church of Perm
The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith




BARNAUL (RUSSIA) – We met grandmother Tanya, as she introduced herself, in the village of Sokharevo in Kosikhinski district of Altai region. The village looked weird: it seemed there’re no streets and the houses were grouped in small groups in some distance from each another. They didn’t even have a food store, not to mention a hospital or a school – there’re no kids in the village anyway. Half of the houses were abandoned, and in the rest of them elderly lonely people lived.

Grandma Tanya is 85. She lives with her husband Alexei. He had a blood-stroke and hardly walks and talks. Grandma Tanya has to take care of the household, garden and also takes care for her husband. Sometimes a nurse from a nearby town comes to see them. Grandma Tanya has children, but unfortunately they do not help in any way. Grandma Tanya shared her hard life story for a long time. When she finished, she let us pray for her husband. Though at first she said no, she felt uncomfortable, but we insisted, and she agreed. Of course we were ready to see tough conditions of people sufferings from disease, but the reality was far worse than we expected. It was hard to imagine, how it was even possible to live in such conditions. What makes someone live like this – helplessness, hopelessness, despair, alcoholism?

Alexei could hardly talk, but he agreed with us in sinners’ prayer, and then grandmother Tanya invited Jesus into her heart as well. With tears in their eyes they listened to a story how Jesus died for their sins, and through their faith they received His gift of salvation.

We were leaving Sokharevo with mixed emotions: we didn’t feel the joy we usually have after the outreach. The village left an uneasy impression. But at the same time we felt that we were exactly where we were supposed to be – where people needed our words of support, comfort and encouragement. We plan to visit this family again, to find out how grandma Tanya and her husband are doing.

Elena Belyakova
New Life Church team, Barnaul

KALUGA (RUSSIA) – We met many people in the town of Peremyshl, and we stay in touch with them, with some of them we became friends. One of them is Elizaveta. Our team visits her every time we come to Peremyshl, invites her to church, however she always finds a reason not to come. But our last meeting was unusual. Elizaveta shared her trials with her son, who left his family and children.

It was a nice, sunny day. We sat on a bench near Elizaveta’s house and had a leisurely talk. We shared testimonies about how God changed us. Elizaveta asked us to pray for her son: “I believe that God is able to change the situation”, and then she made a decision to ask God to forgive her sins. Her words and intentions were so sincere she couldn’t help crying. The weather was sunny, and then suddenly a sunshower started. And the woman, all in tears, smiled: “Heaven rejoice with me!”

Our second meeting that day was with our old friend Vladislav and his son. He hadn’t been willing to talk in the past but this day became special for him as well. It was Vladislav’s birthday, and we had gifts that our church had prepared for people we met. It was evident that the man was happy with such an occasion. We believe that God prepares people’s hearts, and our meetings are not in vain!

Denis Nefedkin
Grace Church team, Kaluga

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

KOSTOMUKSHA (RUSSIA) – Kostomuksha is a town covered with snow in the middle of pine woods in the north of Karelia. The local church has for several years been accepting the participants of Karelian youth conference.

From January 3rd to 6th 120 kids from cities and towns of Karelia came to the youth Christian conference called “Forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead” to be encouraged and built up by senior ministers.

At the conference pastors and youth leaders of Karelian churches were ministering: Daniel Andreev (Petrozavodsk), Vladimir Kostin (Kalevala), Vasily Grudov (Pyaozeorny) and pastor of Kostomuksha church Oleg Ignatyuk. The guest speaker was Anna Shpakova, youth pastor from Pskov Emmanuel Church.

During these days, seminars on evangelism, healthy life style, femininity and masculinity were conducted. The participants split into creative teams and prepared a Cheerful and sharp-witted club show. Worship teams from Petrozavodsk and Kostomuksha led the youth in praise and worship. The youth spent days of the conference in fellowship with each other and the Holy Spirit. At one of the evening services several young people committed their lives to Jesus, and some were baptized with the Holy Spirit.

According to youth minister Tatyiana Grudova from Pyaozerny Church, many kids came from small Karelian towns. For them to learn to the word of God, to worship and pray with so many young people has become a great encouragement and blessing.

Youth ministry of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical faith in North-Western Federal District

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PERM (RUSSIA) – During New Year holidays, on January 3rd through 6th, a long-awaited youth conference LIVE took place in Perm. More than 700 young people from 80 cities and towns of our country came to the conference with a single purpose – to get closer to God and obtain a new direction for their lives.

Among speakers were such preachers as Anatoliy Moklyak, pastor of the Harvest Church (Kostanai, Kazakhstan), Viktor Lavrinenko, youth pastor of the Church of XXI Century (Saint-Petersburg), Alexander Khudyakov, head of youth ministry department of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith, youth pastor of the New Testament Church (Perm), David Grabovenko (coordinator for the Youth One Year for Jesus project (Perm).

All days of the conference were special for the youth, who came to spiritually grow and adopt experience from the older generation. Worship music, vocal, financial awareness, motivation, missions, premarital relationships were the topics of workshops at the conference. A discrete role was designated to the international mission talk show, where young people, who just came back from mission trips, were sharing their experience and inspiring others to join them to “go to the end of the Earth”. The sermons of the preachers started differently, but all of them ended with the same message to the youth – be quick to find out your calling and bring to life God’s dream. The final point of the conference was a talk show with pastors of Perm New Testament Church Edward Grabovenko, Pavel Khuda and Alexander Khudyakov, where they shared stories of their lives and gave comprehensive answers to the youth’s questions.

The “Oh, my God” talent show has become an integral part of LIVE conference, providing opportunities to the participants to spend the leisure time profitably and praise God by their talents.

Many participants of the conference shared that they experienced special God’s presence and the touch of the Holy Spirit. 

Irina Kazakova, Izhevsk: “Cool conference: some great preparation is at once apparent both in prayer and in organization, and an amazing family feeling! I wish the sermons would never end”.

Ksenia Redkina, Kirov: “Every time I come to LIVE Conference, I receive something new, I cheer up with the positive and receive a boost for further development. Thanks to this conference I begin to make decisions to grow spiritually and change the living principles. And when I see other guys in the ministry, I feel a great desire to help my church and develop the gifts that God has given me”.

Maxim Nikandrov, Blagoveschensk: “LIVE 2018 – is a meeting with old friends who work in different cities and towns of our country and a chance to meet new people. It’s a quality but at the same time very simple word from trustworthy and respectful ministers. It’s a family time”.

Photos of the Conference https://vk.com/liventc

LIVE Christian Youth Movement
The New Testament Church
Perm, Russia

 

 

 

 

KRASNOYARSK (RUSSIA) – On January 3rd through 5th Christian youth conference “Heroes of 2018” took place in Krasnoyarsk. About 200 people from different cities and towns gathered at a concert hall ‘Rain Studio’. The event organizer was the religious group the Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith ‘Heavenly culture’ of Krasnoyarsk.

The conference began with the sermon of bishop Maxim Usachev. This year five speakers were preaching: pastor of the Risen Christ the Savior Church of Abakan Vladimir Kobozov, pastor of the Salvation in Christ Church of Krasnoyarsk, head of youth movement of Krasnoyarsk Association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith Dmitri Dolgopolov, pastor of the Covenant of Christ Church of Krasnoyarsk Vasiliy Pigeev, bishop of Krasnoyarsk Association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith Maxim Usachev, senior pastor of the Word of Life Church of Orenburg, business trainer Vitaly Bushter.

Four workshops took place: “Wisdom of priority management and the hero’s time”, “Effective thinking” (Vitaly Bushter), “True love waits” (youth pastor of Christian Life Church of Krasnoyarsk Andrei Yelovikov), “Implementation of social projects” (Alexei Rudykh).

n anticipation of Christmas on January 4, a concert took place, where “Боttuчелли” show ballet and “Paraclete” rock band (Bratsk) participated. In the morning of that day there was a Prayer breakfast where participants reflected on God’s Word. 

During the three days we heard many testimonies of healings, Holy Spirit baptism, forgiveness of sins and many more. It should be mentioned that in the “room of the supernatural” true miracles happened: young people received prophecies over their lives and opened their hearts for God. The final evening of the conference was Praise and Worship night. Praise is a great power: no matter what we face, what troubles we have to go through – praise is the answer. That night the hearts of the youth lit up even more, and we believe that since that moment they will serve God with even greater desire and bring fruit.

More details and photos of the conference: https://vk.com./heroconf

Youth Ministry of the Krasnoyarsk Association of Evangelical Christians

 

 

 

 

 

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)