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Head Bishop Edward Grabovenko on behalf of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith expressed deepest condolences to Senior Pastor of YFGC Lee Young Hoon. In his letter Bishop Grabovenko wrote,

"We heard about your mother going Home to be with the Lord. For every Christian it is a great blessing and a gain to be with our Lord and Savior, to find joy and comfort in His loving hands in Heaven. However we, those who are still in this world, feel loss when our loved ones die.

Our prayer is for God to comfort your heart and for the peace that only comes from our Lord to reside in and around your entire family this season. Great is your mother's reward for her labor of raising a godly man".

On March 4, Sun Sil-Kim joined her late husband Lee Kyeongsun, elder of the church. Pastor Lee is their second oldest of four sons and one daughter.

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ROSTOV-ON-DON (RUSSIA) – On February 22 and 23, a large forum of Christian churches of the southern region called "The Voice of the Church" was held in the Christ the Savior Church of Rostov-on-Don, organized with the support of the Russian Church of Evangelical Christians. Its participants were believers from the churches of Rostov, Rostov region, Krasnodar, Stavropol, Moscow, Saratov and other cities.

At the opening of the forum, participants were shown a video clip in which pastors of Rostov churches discussed the mission of the Church and called on believers to evangelize. With a welcoming speech on behalf of the clergy of Rostov and the region, the president of the NGO "Association of Christian Churches and Organizations for Spiritual Education", Pastor Leonid Filippov addressed participants.

An international evangelist, the head of the mission "The Life of Wonders" (Belarus), Yevgeny Gurinovich explained the principles of church growth, sharing his experience of serving in more than 40 countries around the world.

An international missionary teacher, director of Youth with a Mission for Eastern Europe, Andrei Derkach, spoke about how believers can serve Rostovites and visitors to the city during the World Cup.

The international missionary teacher, the head of the mission "The Life of Miracles" (Russia) Andrey Alekseev inspired the participants of the forum to carry the Gospel to other peoples.

The representative of the evangelization project "yesHEis" in Russia, pastor Eugene Dubrovsky described how to use Internet technologies for preaching the gospel.
Also at the forum there were seminars, master classes on evangelism, presentations of various ministries and a talk show "Honest Conversation", where the pastors answered questions from participants.

"We held this forum so that evangelists, missionaries, both established and beginning ministers from different regions of our country could communicate, get acquainted, share experiences, get the necessary knowledge, inspire each other. Also, together we openly sought answers to actual questions concerning the growth of churches. And one more important goal, which was before us, as before the organizers, is to unite in prayer the people who are burning with the idea of spreading the Gospel "to the ends of the earth". I believe that we managed to achieve our goals”, — said Nikolai Tolpinsky, an evangelist and minister of the Church of Christ the Savior, the ideological inspirer of the forum"The Voice of the Church ".

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

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 PYEONGCHANG (KOREA) – Evgeny Gololobov came from Russia to Pyeongchang for the Olympics as a volunteer and missionary. There he met a missionary who has been serving in South Korea since 2012.

– During the Olympics we meet with many people. On February 12, we met with a woman from Russia Elena Slekishina. For five and a half years, she's been a missionary in South Korea.

Elena lived in Novokuznetsk and attended the Novoiliinskaya Evangelical Church, her pastor was Ilya Bantseev. She always wanted to become a missionary. One day the pastor preached from the pulpit and made a call to serve one year for Jesus. Her heart responded to the call. When it was time to choose the place of missionary service, head of the missionary school, Alexander Kirilov, said that there was 8,000 rubles a month of support (equals 140 USD) and a ticket to Seoul, the capital of South Korea. So Lena went on a mission.

Elena went without knowing either Korean or even English. But she was able to learn to read in Korean in two days, and it made it easier to move around the city and get acquainted with people. European appearance makes life easier as well. Koreans are friendly and polite people, try to understand her speech with an accent. They are like that a missionary from Russia speaks their language.

But also there were and are difficulties there. Elena arrived to South Korea on October 20. Winter began. It was very difficult to get used to the cold inside the house, the toilet was also not heated. And it's hard to get used to the pace of life. Koreans are very hardworking, work many hours, life goes on at a fast pace.

Elena serves Russian-speaking Koreans, immigrants from Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, other CIS countries. Now Korea is issuing visas for five years to ethnic Koreans. Many come with families and are not planning to leave. Koreans, who her team serves, are open to the preaching of the Gospel.

When Elena arrived in Changwon in the south of Korea in October 2012, there was not a single Russian-speaking ministry here. Now there is a church. People receive salvation, make a covenant with God. «There are four people in our worship team, but when we started, we sang from hymnbooks, without musicians, without a guitar or a piano» – Elena says happily.

Elena asked to pray that the Holy Spirit in their church would move with more power. And that more people will accept Christ. She also shared her personal request: «I want to go to Russia at least twice a year to see my sons and two granddaughters.»

It is very joyful to see the fruits of her ministry. The project for one year has become a lifelong project – a life for Jesus. Truly, we will go to the end of the earth, according to the Word of God.

Evgeny Gololobov

Pyeongchang, South Korea


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

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

ST. PETERSBURG (RUSSIA) – March 8 is marked as the International Women's Day in the Russian calendar. On this day, it is customary to congratulate all women and give them flowers and gifts. One of the main gifts for women of the North-Western Association was women's conference "I love and I am loved."

The main speakers were pastors' wives - Tina Catto (Tampere, Finland) and Valeria Tsvetkova (New Testament Church of St. Petersburg). In their sermons, sisters reminded about simple, but important truths of God's Word: we are all loved by the Lord, and He, with His holy love, heals any wounds of the heart and soul. It is important to remember God's love for us, but on equal terms we must be able to give love, which manifests itself not so much in words, but, mainly, in deeds.

In addition to conference sessions, where sisters from 28 churches and religious groups of the association praised the Lord, prayed and listened to the Word of God, panel discussions took place. At them senior ministers gave answers that concerned women. The first panel discussion was devoted to relations in marriage. Answers to these questions were given by senior presbyter Alexander Tsvetkov, the first deputy senior presbyter Andrey Zyablittsev and a guest, senior pastor of the church in Tampere (Finland), Usko Catto.

Valeria Tsvetkova, bishop's wife Irina Linnik, and Tina Catto answered questions about relations before marriage. During the first part of the discussions, we learned whether an unmarried sister can be a leader and pastor, whether a woman can serve in case her husband is against it, what compliments we can tell our husbands, and whether they like them. In the second part we received answers to such questions as: "What to do if your husband is younger", "Can I kiss before marriage", "Can a woman initiate a relationship" and "How to manage to do everything in time".

At the conference, sisters received not only spiritual food, but also shared the joy of fellowship over a cup of tea, which certainly made this day even more significant. Thanks to the sign language interpreter, sisters with hearing impairments also listened to the Word and shared their thoughts.

The conference "I love and I am loved" allowed 180 sisters from different cities and towns of the Leningrad Region to spend a women's day among good friends.

Here are impressions of sisters who participated in the conference:
"The women's conference is a special time for me. I love it when the pastors' wives preach; there is much wisdom and love in their words. The Bible speaks of God's infinite love and concern for people. But also the command 'Love each other' is given. Our real happiness is that we are loved and can love, just as our Creator loved us". -Zabava.

"Spring is associated with the beginning of something new, warm, sunny and, of course, with a women's day. Thankful to God for the wonderful conference for sisters, which was held on a festive day. Worship, prayer, fellowship - everything was filled with the Spirit, I believe that many have come to hear the word from the Lord, to receive answers to their questions. It was wonderful that there were question and answer sessions. Thanks to sisters and brothers that served us, showing care and patience. Such meetings are very necessary and important, because they unite us, renew and inspire. Thank God for everything!" -Natalia.

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ROSTOV-ON-DON (RUSSIA) – On January 27, the sixth meeting of Christians who wanted to find a couple took place in the Christ the Savior Church of Rostov-on-Don.

The event traditionally began with songs of worship. Then there were games and contests in order to break ice and make friends.

Pastor of the Church of Christ the Savior Viktor Shvedov, who together with his wife conducts courses of pre-marital counseling, reminded the participants what they should pay special attention to, while building relationships with the opposite sex. In particular, he touched on the topic of health, as one of the important spheres of married life.

«If you have a serious illness, especially sexually transmitted diseases, you should tell your fiancé or bride about it before the wedding. Also, if you suffer, for example, a cardiovascular disease that can significantly affect life expectancy, you should also talk about it. Your companion of life has the right to know what to expect by marrying and giving birth to children» – the pastor said.

In addition, the ьштшыеук reminded all participants of the meeting about the importance of sexual purity of pre-marital relations and urged men and women not to forget about this.

After the spiritual part, a reception was held, at which the participants of the event could get to know each other better and communicate in an informal atmosphere.
Administrator Margarita Kornienko proposed to hold the next meeting in February in an unusual place, for example, in anti-cafe.

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

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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









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)