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IZHEVSK (RUSSIA) – “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” — was the title of the National Conference of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith that took place in Izhevsk on April 30 to May 2. More than 1 300 ministers — bishops and pastors — from 76 cities and towns of Russia, USA, Sweden and Singapore came to participate in this important and outstanding event.

The sermons preached at the conference were approaching from different perspectives the matters of the Church of Christ, its arrangement, our place in it, God’s attitude to His church, what should be the Church’s attitude to Israel and many more. Through His ministers God was calling the Church to freshen the dedication to Him, to dwell more in fellowship with Him, to follow the way of love and trust to the Spirit of God in the work that He has ordained us to do where each one of us ministers. The dedication to the ministry, the willingness to fulfill the foreordination cannot be separated from remaining in the fellowship with our Creator.

The speakers of the conference were the Head Bishop of the Russian Church, senior pastor of Perm New Testament Church Edward Grabovenko, First Deputy Head Bishop of the Russian Church, senior pastor of Pskov Emmanuel Church Nikolai Zalutski, First Deputy Head Bishop of the Russian Church in Privolzhsky and Uralsky Federal Districts, senior pastor of Izhevsk Philadelphia Church, bishop Pavel Zhelnovakov, Deputy Head Bishop of the Russian Church in Far-Eastern Federal District, bishop Petr Yarmolyuk, senior pastor of Cape First Church Gary Brothers (USA), bishop of the Russian church, senior pastor of Novosibirsk Covenant Church Vitaly Maksimyuk, Deputy Head Bishop of the Russian Church in Siberian Federal District, senior pastor of Chita Salvation in Jesus Church Andrei Panasovets, senior pastor and founder of Singapore City Mission Church, evangelist Wee Tiong Howe, International evangelist from USA Mikel French, representative of the Assemblies of God (USA) Robert Shipley, president of the Light to the Nations missions Magnus Lindeman (Sweden).

On day two of the conference a panel discussion “Church as a family. Contemporary challenges” took place. Bishop and senior presbyter of Omsk Association of the Russian Church Sergei Gorbenko, bishop and senior presbyter of Magadan Association of the Russian Church Nikolai Voskoboinikov, bishop and head of the family ministry of the Russian Church Vladimir Khvalov took part in the discussion. The ministers discussed the matter of relationships in the church as a family and answered questions of the participants. The discussion helped to indicate some of the most critical and significant questions that need careful attention of those who takes care of God’s people.

After the discussion there were workshops on relationships in the family and church, about how to deal with the life challenges and to trust in the Lord with all heart, how to bring the Gospel to all nations and how to start women’s ministry in the church.

At the closing of the conference a ceremony of awards to the ministers who made a significant contribution to the development of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith with a commemorative medal of Ivan Voronaev took place. This year bishop Nikolai Zalutski and head of the administration of the Russian Church Ivan Borichevski had the honor of winning the award.

The conference of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith is an unforgettable and significant event intended to freshen the vision and the common purposes and to contribute into developing the relationships between churches. We believe that the Lord continues His extensive work nationwide, helping the ministers with the events like this to strengthen in faith and dedication.

Dilyara Porseva
Media ministry of Izhevsk Philadelphia Church

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ZELENODOLSK (RUSSIA) – On April 14 and 15, a regional conference of Ulyanovsk Association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith took place in Zelenodolsk, in Tatarstan. The facilitator of the conference was the New Testament Church of Zelenodolsk. Brothers and sisters came from Kanash, Cheboksary, Ulyanovsk, Krasnokamsk, Kazan and Kozlovka. 

The key message of the conference was focused on the churches’ growth and evangelism work. The participants prayed for the unity and filling of the Holy Spirit. 

Alexei Rudenki, deputy head bishop of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith, Sergei Yastrzhembski, president of the Moscow Theological Institute, and Vladimir Neprozvanov, senior presbyter of Ulyanovsk Regional Association were the speakers at the conference.

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MOSCOW (RUSSIA) – On April 13 and 14, the head of the family ministry of the Russian Church of Evangelical Christians, the senior pastor of the Church of Christ the Savior, bishop Vladimir Khvalov, and his wife Olga conducted a marriage conference. The event took place in the Sofrino Park Hotel near Moscow. About 30 married couples from different churches of the Moscow region took part in the conference.

"This was the first conference for ministers' families," - said Bishop Vladimir Khvalov. - We had six sessions, each of them began with intercessionary prayers for families of Moscow and Moscow region. Many spouses have testified that they have received healing and renewal of the relationship."

After the conference, Vladimir Khvalov preached in two Moscow churches on "The Work of the Holy Spirit in the family and the church."

Media ministry of the Church of Christ the Savior, Rostov-on-Don

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KALUGA (RUSSIA) – We met Alexander two years ago in the town of Suvorov where we gave out homeless people hot meals. The first few times he came drunk, listened to our stories at the improvised services inattentively, chuckling. But he always was very accurate to repeat the words of the Lord’s prayer.

Now Alexander is 30, and the last 6 years of them he has been living in the street after his father’s death. During the two years Alexander realized that the Christians wish the best for him, but he didn’t want to hear a single word about a rehabilitation program, “I won’t make it, it won’t work for me”.

But recently he heard a testimony that touched his heart. One brother from the One Year for Jesus team (his name was also Alexander, he is on the right on the picture), who was homeless before, shared about changes in his life because of his faith in Jesus. After that Alexander said he wants to put an end to the life of a homeless man.

Let us keep him in prayer and believe that God will finish what He has started and the homeless man will find salvation and home!

Denis Nefyodkin

Team of the Grace Church, Kaluga

BARNAUL )RUSSIA) – In one of the towns in Altai region we have been teaching, talking and sharing, being led by the Holy Spirit, we were praying and fasting. We can see the changes. To one of the homes that used to be a nasty place, God’s order came. Here’s the story.

Mother Evgeniya, is disabled from childhood, receives two welfares from the government for herself and her son Maxim of 12 years old. Her sister Irina was taking almost all their money and would buy alcohol to then drink it at their house with her friends. Up to 10 people would come to the house every day. Because of that the boy is mentally disturbed and he needs private tuition. Another man, Dennis, 30 years old, an alcoholic too, his mother and step-father also lived at the same house.

We preached to them, many of them repented. Now Dennis is in a rehab center. His mother has repented and thanks God for answering her prayers and for her son having a desire to change his life. His step-father is still contemplating. Every time we come back we see the changes. They’re expecting us, it is clean in the house, they’re all sober.

Evgeniya took her credit cards back from her sister. Maxim is allowed to come to class for the lessons. We brought him clothes, footwear, school supplies, he was happy and his mother too. Irina, who used to live off her sister’s welfare, is looking for a full-time job and is now working part-time nursing some old lady.

We kept praying for Maxim that God would give him a chance to go to some health centre or a boarding school, because he still needs some special care. And God answered: now Maxim is at a boarding-school for three months and he really likes it there. His mother Evgeniya repented and gladly communicates with other Christians.

There’s a place at the town where new converts come for fellowship, prayer and Bible studies. Sergei and Galina’s family opened their home for the meetings. Sergei began to tell people he knew who drink alcohol, about God and that there’s a way out, his desire is to help them and introduce them to Christ. God answers our and their prayers.

Tatiana Ivanovna, one of the new converts has a son, Yura, he is confined to bed for four years, one side of his body is paralyzed. His wife Svetlana nurses him. It was God’s will that we went to see them. Svetlana welcomed us warmly. Yuri at first was very upset and said he didn’t believe in God. That didn’t stop us. We began to share about Jesus and a gift of salvation. The whole family repented and they invited us to come back.

Changes come to other homes too.

Team of the Light of Revival Church, Barnaul

Denis and his mother
Denis and his mother

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

NOVOSIBIRSK (RUSSIA) – On Sunday, April 22, an important event for 15 guys and girls took place at the Covenant Church of Novosibirsk. They made a covenant with the Lord and promised to keep their purity till marriage. To confirm their decision they put on rings.

During five weeks the young people have been studying all about the true love, how the true love is different from falling in love and how to keep the purity till marriage. Over this time each one of them was testing themselves, facing difficulties of this decision, praying and fasting. Finally they made a decision to say "Yes" to the Lord in the covenant.

Some of them faced a hard choice, "What if I break the promise?" God helped them to see their lives from another point and realize they were able to follow Him unalterably.

So the day has come. Being festively excited they've pronounced the words of the covenant: "I believe that the Lord has prepared for me a true and only love. I want to keep myself spiritually and physically pure for the God blessed union. And today before God, the church, my friends and family I give a promise to strive to Christ's likeness…" For many that became a turning point of their lives that they would always remember.

Anastasia Kolesnikova

ALTAY (RUSSIA) – 120 indigenous women of the Altai Republic gathered on April 14 at a regional women's conference.

Pastors' wives of the West Siberian Association ministered at the conference. They preached about the role of women in the church: "A Christian woman is who she is", "Woman who ministers", "Woman in the Holy Spirit".

At the conference there was a warm, family atmosphere. The Lord filled the hearts of all participants with His presence. May the Lord bless sisters and expand their hearts to serve women in the Altai republic.

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MOSCOW (RUSSIA) – "Flaming fire" regional youth conference took place in Moscow on March, 31. New Testament Сhurch of Dzerzhinski, Moscow area facilitated the conference.The key text of the conference was to focus the attention of the participants on the fire of God that lights up inside of us. The "Flaming fire" youth conference was a chance to praise God, spend time in prayer, hear the live word of God and get the new fire and power!

Representatives of different churches of Central association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith attended the conference. The participants met each other in an informal setting: the youth was divided into several teams and each one of them fulfilled some tasks.

David Sliker, the IHOP youth pastor, principal of the "Forerunner" ministry school, senior leader at IHOP KC was the key speaker of the conference. David teaches Bible studies, Prayer and Eschatology at IHOP University. He is an author of several books.In 1998 Ivan Borichevski invited David for the first time to take part in a youth rally.

Pastors and ministers prayed for every participant who needed repentance, support and renewal.

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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)