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SAINT-PETERSBURG (RUSSIA) – Last Saturday a long-expected event took place in Saint-Petersburg – the 6th Christmas Festival organized by the North-Western Association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith. According to a good tradition, the Festival gathered adults and children from all over the city and opened the series of Christmas and New Year celebrations in the Northern capital.

This year the program of the event was prepared for guests of all age groups: for children under 3 – a special play area with an assistant, games and a creative workshop was prepared. Kids of 3 to 8 years old watched a puppet-show “Brother Donkey or a road to Bethlehem”, took part in a bubble show and watched a “Three Angels of Christmas” performance. While the children were playing, their parents and young people over 13 years old visited a festive church service devoted to the Nativity of Christ, and listened to the Christmas carols sung by the massed choir of the “New Testament” Church (Saint-Petersburg), watched a wonderful Christmas performance about how the love of God changes the hearts and lives of people to the better, and a concert devoted to Christmas.

All the guests of the Festival heard the Christmas greetings, including the greetings of the senior presbyter of the North-Western Association of the Russian Church of Christian of Evangelical Faith Alexander Tsvetkov, and received gifts.

The 6th Christmas Festival gathered more than 800 children and their parents, guests from Saint-Petersburg and other cities of Leningrad area – Krasnoe Selo, Rappolovo, Sosnovy Bor, Priozersk, Sertolovo, Garbolovo, Kolpino, Pushkin, Petergof, Kommunar, Nikolskoe, Volkhov, Zelenogorsk, Sestroretsk, Gatchina. The day is well-remembered for a nice, kind, festive atmosphere of Christmas, and we believe that God will perform many miracles in the lives and hearts of people of our region. Merry Christmas!

The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith

 

 

 

MOSCOW (RUSSIA) – In his letter addressed to the Ambassador of Egypt in Russia, Head Bishop Edward Grabovenko wrote, “Tragic news about the death of innocent believers gathered for Friday prayers at the al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed brought deep sorrow in our hearts. On behalf of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith we offer sincere condolences to all who have been under the terrorist attack, and who have lost their loved ones.

Any act of violence and terrorism is a challenge to the whole world, disrespect for the law and basic values of life. Evangelical Christians in Russia are united in intercessory prayer for Egyptian people. We grieve and pray for the families of the deceased and for the injured. May the Almighty God restore their mental strength, comfort their hearts and heal physical wounds. Also, our prayers today for those servants who are on duty, facing this evil and ensuring safety of the citizens. May the Lord strengthen their hearts and give courage.”

Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith

The Theme for Perm Conference is: “A CERTAIN KIND. Discipleship That Re-Defines Success In The Ministry”

A synopsis of the conference: The greatest need of the Church is leadership. To produce a certain kind of spiritually qualified leader, authentic discipleship and intentional disciple making are the biblical keys. The chief goal is life transformation – building depth in the lives of leaders to influence the Church to arise to be what God intends it to be!

When: November 17–18, 2017

Where: New Testament Church, Perm, Russia
(93, Uralskaya street, Perm)

For more information visit our web-site: novizavet.ru




Reverend Edmund Chan
Leadership Mentor, Covenant Evangelical Free Church
Founder, Global Alliance of Intentional Disciple Making Churches
 
Edmund Chan is a highly sought-after expository preacher and an esteemed leadership mentor. His insightful biblical teachings are very well received, resulting in worldwide speaking invitations up to five years in advance.

Edmund also mentors top-level leaders, including business leaders and CEOs, bishops, senior pastors as well as the founders and directors of Christian organizations globally.
 
He travels extensively to minister in diverse countries, including South East Asia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Russia, Africa, Europe, UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada and USA.

After his 25-year service as the Senior Pastor of Covenant Evangelical Free Church, Edmund transited in leadership in 2012 to provide leadership as Founder of the Global Alliance of Intentional Disciple Making Churches (IDMC Global Alliance). He remains on staff at Covenant EFC as the leadership mentor.

A highlight in ministry was the launch of the Global Discipleship Congress (GDC) in Manila, in partnership with Christ Commission Fellowship. The inaugural GDC 2013 was attended by over 8,000 pastors and leaders from 61 nations; and have since paved the way for major regional discipleship summits, particularly in Europe and Africa.

Edmund distinguished himself academically by completing his two-year post-graduate degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (USA) in less than nine months and graduated summa cum laude.
 
He has written several books, including Growing Deep in God (2002); Mentoring Paradigms (2008); Growing Deep In Faith (2010); Cultivating Your Inner Life (2011); A Certain Kind (2013), Radical Discipleship (2014), Life & Legacy (2015) and Discipleship Missions (2016).

Edmund is married to Ann, who actively ministers and mentors alongside him around the world. They have two lovely adopted daughters, Amanda and Belicia.




Pastor Ann Chan
Pastor, Covenant Evangelical Free Church
Director, Global Alliance of Intentional Disciple Making Churches

Ann Chan ministers actively alongside her husband, Reverend Edmund Chan, championing the Intentional Disciple Making Churches (IDMC) vision around the world.

A gifted leader and teacher, she has pioneered many of Covenant’s ministries, including Women-In-Covenant ministry.  No stranger to pain and suffering herself, she has been an empathetic and wise counsellor to many who have approached her over her years of ministry.

An educator by training, Ann graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Christian Education (with Honours) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1994.  She has also mentored, preached and taught in Hong Kong, Australia, America and London. 



Global Alliance of Intentional Disciple Making Churches
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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

PERM (RUSSIA) – The second group of Youth ministry leaders’ school graduated in Perm on November 11th and 12th at the New Testament Church. New youth ministry leaders and two trainers who trained the churches in Solikamsk, Nyagan and Blagoveschensk, were prepared.

The graduates shared testimonies about how the school changed them and equipped them for the youth ministry. Alexander Khudyakov, pastor and the youth ministry leader for the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith said that he was satisfied with the training process. Together with leaders of the youth ministry in Perm they adapted the curriculum for their situation and recruited the third group. Very soon the graduates of the training will be grouped into the teams and will be sent to share their experience with the youth in other churches and cities of our country. I believe and I know that the input into equipping the new leaders is the most effective thing of what we’re able to do in order to develop the youth ministry in Russia.

Pavel Koryakin,
Youth Ministry School Project Coordinator

 

 

KALININGRAD (RUSSIA) – On November 4, young people from different churches of the Kaliningrad regional association of the Russian Church of Evangelical Christians gathered in Sovetsk. There a conference was held practicing methods of preaching the Gospel to young people who do not know Christ as Savior.

A local church in Sovetsk opened its doors for youth. On this day they had an opportunity gave an opportunity to hear the inspiring word from God. Approximately 60 participants were waiting for God's move.

Speakers of the conference were youth ministry leader of the Emmanuel Church of Kaliningrad Artem Ananiev, representative of the youth mission department Pavel Koryakin, pastor of the Love of Christ Church of Kaliningrad Pavel Savin, They preached the word about the Cross as the center of the Gospel, about the Great Commandment and Great Commission of Jesus Christ, about the blessing and support of God for those who faithfully serve Him.

From hearing, participants immediately went to practice, gooing to the streets of the city and conducting a social survey that determined interests, life position and popular places of leisure for young people. As a result of the received data, an image of a young person in the city of Sovetsk was made up.

At the conference there were worship groups of Kaliningrad churches Emmanuel and Recovery Center. The first opened the conference, and the second closed, holding an evening of praise and worship.

The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith

 

 

 

 

PERM (RUSSIA) – On November 3-4, 2017 sisters from churches of Perm area, guests from Sverdlovsk, Chelyabinsk areas and Komi Republic took part in the conference. About 700 participants attended each of the four services.

How to receive the reward in spite of challenges and obstacles? Who is the woman living according to God’s Word, having made the covenant with God? – She is the one, fearless of anything, and going through all challenges and troubles with her faith and with God. That and many more the sisters were meditating and praying about. God was variously addressing each of the women’s hearts at the conference through the songs of “Living water” Russian song company, through the vocal-dancing composition “You have wings”, through the ministry of Perm and Krasnokamsk worship teams, and, of course, through His Word.

The speakers of the conference were Svetlana Pershina, director of Sverdlovsk non-profit organization Christian crisis counseling line “Lines of love”, head of women ministry of The answer is Jesus church in Ekaterinburg, and Natalia Gerasimova, coordinator of women ministry and a spouse of the bishop of Komi-Perm autonomous region association. Each one of them sincerely shared the Word of God, and was warmly and lovingly welcomed by the participants.

God visited the conference in a special way through a blessed guest, a precious sister, a founder and the head of women’s organization “Heart to Heart” Denise Renner. Thanks to her ministry, – God heals the hearts and changes women’s lives. At the conference Denise was singing and sharing what God has put on her heart, inspiring to move forward, in spite of any difficulties, temptations, challenges, and… receive the reward!

The “Living according to the Word” conference has become a bright event, where God was speaking to every woman’s heart, was inspiring, comforting, encouraging. Any woman is able to achieve anything if she lives according to the Word and follows the Holy Spirit leadership!

Photos: https://vk.com/album-1591767_248471147 
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxFUoCz7uU0

 

 

 

 

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)