Ministries

MOSCOW, Oct., 25-27 – The National interdenominational prison ministry conference “Kept the Faith” took place in Moscow. 120 ministers from Sakhalin to Karelia came to participate, almost all regions of Russia were represented. The conference was the forth at this level, it gathered Christians of different denominations, who devoted their lives to ministering to people living in detention facilities and their relatives.

The goal of the conference was to unite the ministers, to strengthen their faith and trust in the Lord at this difficult time, when the admission to detention facilities is becoming limited for evangelical churches in Russia. But the Holy Scripture tells us that “the word of God is not imprisoned” (2 Timothy, 2:9), and the Lord is faithful to His Word!

The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith was represented at the conference by Deputy Head bishop Vasily Evchik and Head of prison ministry department Sergei Konstantinov. Bishop Evchik shared the word about the faithfulness to the calling, encouraging brothers and sisters in Christ, who devoted their lives to the ministry, like Abraham, who by faith followed his calling, to remain faithful to the calling of God to the end.

The participants of the conference spoke a lot about faith as a trust to the Lord and His Word, about anticipation of His promises and being confident of things not seen. They shared their experience of practical ministry in contemporary circumstances, testimonies of God’s glory in lives and ministry, prayed for the development of prison ministry in Russia. As usual, there were new people, who the Lord calls to the ministry. The Lord makes all things new, opens new horizons of faith and new opportunities in the ministry. Glory and thanks to the Lord!

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ROSTOV-ON-DON (RUSSIA) – Southern regional conference of rehabilitation ministry took place in Rostov-on-Don on October, 26-28. More than 60 participants came from all over southern region of Russia: Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar, Stavropol, cities of Caucasus and Crimea. Special atmosphere of God’s presence was dwelling at every service.

Bishops Alexei Rudenki and Vladimir Khvalov preached and ministered by prayer. As all participants stayed at a recreation complex, many of them were able to talk in person with the senior ministers, who prayed for them, prophesied and ministered to them.

Pavel Pigurski, regional representative of rehabilitation ministry in Omsk area, shared his experience of cooperating with the government and supporting social projects.

Sergei Kostyushkin, coordinator of “Every home for Christ” project in Siberia shared his experience of preaching the Gospel through printed media. Everyone interested were able to participate in an evangelism project and try to create their own booklets.

We express our gratitude to Christ the Savior Church of Rostov-on-Don. The participants of the conference expressed their desire to make the conference annual. It was suggested to begin to train rehabilitation ministers for the southern region.

Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith

 

 

 

CHISINAU (MOLDOVA) - “Micah” International Organization’s Conference took place on April 8 and 9 in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova. The conference was held for churches and social ministries of CIS, for Russian-speaking audience.

PERM (RUSSIA), Nov. 2-4 – The National Women’s Conference “Life in the Spirit” took place in Perm. About 700 people participated in the conference. Among them many guests from different cities and towns of Russia: from churches of Altai region, Komi Republic, Perm area, Sverdlovsk area, Volga region and Transbaikal.

KEMEROVO (RUSSIA), Nov., 3 – A regional women conference “And she smiles at the future” took place in Kemerovo Revival Church. 500 women from different churches of Western Siberia participated in the event.

BARNAUL (RUSSIA), Oct., 25 – An “Encounter with God” regional women conference took place in Barnaul. Women from different cities and towns of Altai region came to participate.

Galina Inkina, pastor of Barnaul “Light of Revival” church, ministered at the conference. She shared the history of her own family and her church.

According to the feedback from the participants of the conference, women’s ministry team did a great job organizing the conference. The participants shared that they’ve experienced the love of the Father, their pain of rejection was healed. There were those who perceived the meaning of the Cross and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, they found forgiveness and freedom.

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ROSTOV-ON-DON (RUSSIA) – Vladimir Khvalov, bishop and senior pastor of Christ the Savior Church of Rostov-on-Don and his wife Olga celebrated 20 years of ministry.

In summer 1998, Vladimir Khvalov became a successor of the founder and senior pastor of Christ the Savior Church Pavel Okara. Before that the Khvalovs served as pastors of a large church in Krasnodar. Moving to another city was a challenge for their large family (8 kids!), however, having received the confirmation from God they made the decision.

While leading Christ the Savior church that has become one of the largest evangelical communities in the south of Russia, Vladimir Alexandrovich for 19 years was also an irreplaceable chairman of a non-profit organization “Association of Christian churches and parachurch organizations”. He has made a significant contribution into strengthening the brotherly relationships between churches of Rostov area.

As a bishop and a head of Family Ministry department of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith, Vladimir Alexandrovich and Olga Yurievna created a family environment in their church and visited many regions of Russia with a unique project to support the family values “Territory of the Covenant”. The encouraging authorial seminars and conferences of the Khvalovs helped to restore and support many Christian families.

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NORTH KOREA – One of the Russian Christian brothers went to North Korea for work. Here is his story.... We came on a working visa to the economic zone of North Korea, a rich region of this nation. Everything that we had heard before about North Korea, painted a depressing picture. Not all of what we heard was seen, but North Korea remains the most closed country for the Gospel.

Expectations were not met: I did not witness any horrors that I heard about. My phone and the Bible in Russian were declared while crossing the border. The border guards did not revise every page in the Bible.

In the country people move on bicycles, oxen, cars: simple electromobiles and expensive foreign cars. In my hotel room there were no portraits of the great leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.

We toured around the city free, unaccompanied. Every Sunday, believers from different countries, except Koreans, gathered for the service, there were about 16 people. We openly praised God, prayed and listened to sermons.

We were in the North Korea for one month, building a dining hall. We and thirty builders from other countries worked from 8 am to 6 pm. Local workers worked from 5 am to 10 pm. Every day they received a salary equal to 130 rubles (2 US dollars). The Koreans called me «comrade». Korean workers were surprised that we were Russian Christians. At first they thought we were Americans and kept us at a distance. When they learned that we were from Russia, they began singing Russian songs.

On the second day Koreans invited us to have tea. In the morning that day we had helped them to do some hard work: to carry bricks, sand, to mix cement. I gave them my gloves, and this attitude ruined the wall. On the third day of work we bought them gifts — shovels and trowels.

Local people knew that we were Christians, they saw how we prayed before meals and worshiped God. We preached the Gospel.

In North Korea, I had my birthday: I cooked pilaf, sliced cucumbers, tomatoes and laid out candy for Koreans. All this we ate with them at the construction site. The Koreans wished me a happy birthday. One worker put a candy in my mouth. In Korean culture this means respect.

A week after our arrival, we were asked to repair a room, which was intended for a chapel. In this room we build a new roof, because the building looked like a church. We worked on the ceiling, painted walls and laid the laminated floor. We returned to our hotel, covered with dust and smelling like cannabis, which the workers constantly smoked.

During one month we praised God in a closed country. Please pray that people of the North Korea will see the transforming power of the Lord, pray for brothers and sisters who are in prisons. Pray that the doors will open for the Gospel.

Yu.S.
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IZHEVSK (RUSSIA) – October, 10 became a special day for 17 people, and their families. On that day they made a covenant with the Lord by water baptism in Philadelphia Church of Izhevsk. The joyful event traditionally was accompanied by songs of praise to God. All 17 entered the baptistery, leaving behind their past life, to make a vow to God to follow Him.

God has prepared a wonderful destiny for everyone. He will never forsake or leave us. He will be with us in joy and sorrow. He will take care of us. We don’t know what happens in the spiritual world during the sacrament, but we know for sure that God rejoices. It is so wonderful that many of those baptized were young people.

After the water baptism pastors prayed for the Holy Spirit baptism for these people. After that all who were present at the event congratulated new church members.

Philadelphia Church of Izhevsk

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OMSK (RUSSIA), Nov., 2-4 – The "Immersion" Youth Conference was held in Omsk. Boys and girls from eight cities of Russia, representing fifteen churches came to Omsk to immerse themselves in thoughts about their calling and commitment to the cause of God.

SAINT-PETERSBURG, Oct. 19-21 – The fifth “Empowered” Youth Conference took place in the northern capital of Russia. Youth and teenagers visited workshops, received instructions from elder ministers and met a youth team from Finland.

The theme of this year was “The beginning. Genesis”. The conference began with workshops in six directions: “How to begin sharing Good news”, “How to conduct a follow up meeting” “How to start a media ministry” “How to begin singing” “How to build relationships” and “For those who didn’t make up their minds yet”. The workshops were conducted by youth ministers and coordinators of the North-Western association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith and by guests from Finland.

Saturday was devoted to receiving spiritual food and included three services with the bishop of the North-Western association Alexander Tsvetkov, bishop Alexei Rudenki and youth pastor from Tempera (Finland) church Joona Salo participating.

Alexander Tsvetkov was speaking about the need to transform our ways of thinking: “God is the beginning of everything. If Jesus is in your heart, you don’t need to look for the sources in the world. The beginning is in your heart already – just transform what you already have”. Pastor Joona focused on the unity of the church. “We need to stop being afraid of each other and should have more fear of God. We will win if we cling together, following God” – says the minister.

Bishop Rudenki pointed out at the importance of being obedient to God’s Word and used some examples from the Bible: “Esther’s obedience paved her the way to the kingship. David was the youngest in his family, and when the prophet came, nobody even remembered about him. But the most important was that David sincerely loved the Lord, was faithful to Him, and years later has become a king of Israel”.

Together with pastor Joona a team of ministers from Tempera came. The guests led the worship, shared their knowledge and experience at workshops and had a great time of fellowship with teenagers and youth of Saint-Petersburg.

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VITINO (RUSSIA) – Recently, 1,400 young people from 170 cities and towns of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Israel, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and USA gathered at Vitino settlement near Yevpatoria for the National Youth Convention PASSWORD–PassTheWord, where the senior generation passes on the Word of God, the fire and ministry experience to the young. The rally took place on July 25 to August 2. The organizer of the rally was the Centralized religious organization Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith.

What we were doing at the convention    
This year we’ve had enough spare time to rest and swim in the sea. Thanks to the meetings called PASSWORD.Connect we were able to make friends on the first days, and the fellowship continued during the rally. The participants added each other to their social networks’ accounts, invited each other over. Two of my friends are going for a visit to Saint-Petersburg and another friend – to Perm. We’ve become friends. Of course, there were evenings near the campfire with singing worship songs and games with a genial company, volley ball and soccer, cross-fit and many contests.

In the first part of a day the most part of the participants rested and swam in the sea, and at that time some of them, including the organizers, were preparing for festivals and contests, had auditions. After lunch the heat, spiritual part, began. The youth gathered at the large tent, and we were worshiping God and listening for God’s Word together. The preachers shared their ministry experience, inspired the young hearts to burn for God and faithfully minister to Him. After that the workshops and seminars took place, where the professionals were teaching the youth what they know themselves.

I’ve visited Vitaly Bushter’s, a business trainer from Orenburg, “Networking” workshops (building relationships and connecting with people), seminar of Andrei Derkatch, director of “Youth with the mission” missionary school from Rostov-on-Don. The most important thing that remained in my memory after the seminar is that in a foreign culture we shouldn’t be afraid to start all over, and his statement about “the lack of money is the main tool of mission progress”, turned my mind over. I believe that God has His reasons to tell us what we need to hear, and He leads the way. After dinner the second service took place, and then contests, meetings, a Viktor Lavrinenko’s, musician from Saint-Petersburg, evening, contests of drummers, rappers and beat-boxers, a “What? Where? When?” contest with questions from Acts, a Club for the Lighthearted and Quick-witted game and just some fun time together.

It seemed interesting to me that for the first time a children and youth ministry “Royal Rangers” was represented at PASSWORD rally. Their vision is faithful ministers of Jesus Christ, with an active position in church and society. The representative of “Royal Rangers” in the South region of Russia Evgeny Krishtop from Gelendzhik was sharing about how to become part of their ministry. The “Royal Rangers” site is in English: royalrangersinternational.com

At the rally the “One Year for Jesus” and “Youth year for Jesus” projects were represented. We’ve heard testimonies about the changes in lives of those who hear the Gospel and those who preach it. For further information please see: vk.com/mgdiperm, and for “One Year for Jesus” project news: hve.ru/year-for-jesus

Pastoral school for youth
Last year the Head bishop of the Russian church of Christians of Evangelical faith Edward Grabovenko was inspiring the youth to take part in the ministry as soon as they return home from PASSWORD8. And he invited to come to pastoral school all those who began a home-church or took some other part in the church ministry. One week before PASSWORD2018, 30 young people from different cities and towns of our country came to study pastoral and missionary work. The call to take part in a pastoral school next year was made at the rally this year as well.

The pastoral school is more than just lectures on spiritual topics. I remember what the pastors and missionaries were teaching about.

Vyacheslav Safronov, pastor from Perm and the One Year for Jesus project coordinator was teaching about how God has a sovereign power over all. Including me. He tells me whatever He sees right. When you realize it, you make a choice to submit to God’s will and tell Him “yes”. At one of the meetings we were meditating about the core of God’s leadership.

Head Bishop Edward Grabovenko was teaching about the basics of successful pastoral ministry and was sharing about the principles of the ministry, that it is important to see the need and be an answer to it. It is necessary to be established in the call and have a clear vision with a strategy of the performance.

A great blessing for me was to meet pastor and missionary T.T. Qua, who taught a course “Listen to your Father”. He gave us answers to practical questions about the ministry: how, where, with whom and for whom we’re going to live. We’ve studied spiritual matters about what we need to change about us, what to do for improvement and who we can minister to. Thanks to the course I’ve learned that it is important not only to become a good leader, but to raise great leaders in a team.

From the ministry experience of pastor Alexander Tsvetkov we’ve learned how the churches were started. At his lecture we’ve learned about the four questions we need to know the answers to when we begin to minister. The first one is the source of my inspiration, the second is resources and their source, the third is the task that will become the key in the beginning and the fourth is establishing the core and the team.

It was important to learn about what the missionaries have to face. Missionary from Vorkuta Fedor Velichko encouraged to never contrast what God gives us and what people do.

Youth pastor Daniel Lo and his wife from Malaysia shared about their ministry experience in a Muslim country. They were living among those who they preached and became friends with – a good example of relationships and influence of those who we minister to.

We’ve had opportunities to talk to the speakers, ask them questions and share our experiences with all the speakers. I’m immensely thankful to God for each person who ministered to us, opened the door to pastoral, missionary and other kinds of ministries.

In my heart I hear the words: if it’s not for God, where would I be? Every time when God tells us to go and do something, we need to open our hearts and not to miss a chance to be at where He desires to see us. I want everything that I say and do to be as worthy as if I was doing it on the last day of my life.
Anastasia Melnikova

PASSWORD2018 official site: passwordhve.ru

 

 

 

 

PERM (RUSSIA) - Round 3 of Children’s Bible quiz, which all participants looked forward to, was held at the New Testament Church of Perm on June, 4. This time children from churches of Kachkanar, Solikamsk, Tchernushka and Perm took part in the quiz. Children showed profound knowledge of the Bible, answered the most complicated questions (questions for 30 points awaited them this time!), displayed smarts and erudition.
We should note that children eagerly prepared for the round. To quote a verse from the Bible and name the chapter and number of the verse can be challenging even for an adult!

NOVOSIBIRSK (RUSSIA) - Children’s ministry of the Covenant Church of Novosibirsk organizes various events and one of them took place recently: children’s winter camp during winter school break. Children and Sunday School teachers went out of town and spent several days in the recreation center.

OMSK (RUSSIA) - On June 24 to 27, Zhatva Church of Omsk with the help of football coaches from Sweden held a Christian football camp for children and teenagers. If last year 65 children attended the camp, this year 100 boys and girls wanted to participate at this exciting event. Of these kids, 20 have never heard the Good News.

PERM (RUSSIA) – At the National Conference of the Russian church of Christians of Evangelical Faith in Perm that took place on September 7 to 9, President of Moscow Theological Institute Sergei Yastrzhembski and the Programme Director Aelita Zhidyaeva conducted a commencement. The graduates from churches of Perm Association — 17 bachelors of practical theology and 4 ministers of practical theology — received diplomas of higher theological education.

The MTI President Sergei Yastrzhembski congratulated graduates on behalf of professors and workers of Moscow Theological Institute and encouraged them to be even more humble before the Lord and serve the Body of Christ with boldness.

The Head Bishop instructed them, “I’m glad that you’ve made it, thank you for your commitment. There’re many people who possess much knowledge, but they don’t know God, and you will help those who seek God. I pray that you become gifts to people”.

Moscow Theological Institute web-site: http://www.mti-rc.ru/

 

 

 

 

BARNAUL (RUSSIA) – A regional seminar and training for Sunday school teachers took place at Barnaul Light of Revival Church on August 8 to 11. 33 Sunday school teachers and children ministers from Light of Revival, New Life, Kingdom of God, Peacemaker, Source of Life, The Corner Stone churches took part in it. Speakers of the training seminar were Tatyana Chernyavskaya, Olga Verevkina, Ekaterina Sukhotina.

Brightly, vividly and clearly theoretical and practical knowledge was presented at the seminar. All aspects of children minister’s character, the identity and age peculiarities, basic principles of children ministry and children worship were reviewed in all detail. The core of the seminar was the knowledge about how to arrange a Sunday school lesson: preparation, structure and visual material. “The most important part of ministry to children is to be able to schedule the time and pray for children” – the speakers taught.

The biggest interest was aroused by practical tasks with interactive methods “The hat pole”, “Whirlpool”, “Cinqauin”, “Expert evaluation”.

During the breaks the children ministers made acquaintances, communicated, shared experience. The instructors gladly answered the questions and helped to prepare for the exam.
The seminar showed new directions of the ministry to children, new conception of preparing for the lessons, helped to set new goals and purposes in the new school year.

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VOLOGDA (RUSSIA) – Media ministers of evangelical churches met in Revival Church of Tcherepovetz on March 9 and 10. The meeting was organized by Communications Department of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith together with the Revival Church. Sixteen representatives of five churches from Tcherepovetz, Vologda and Kaduy came to the meeting.

Anderi Derbenev, the editor-in-chief of "Primiritel" ("Peacemaker") magazine and "Faith and society" newspaper shared the tools of working with texts, explained how to write a press release and news, make a report about a mission trip. The media trainer presented practical examples of generating ideas and developing creative thinking.

The head of the Communications Department Irina Litvinova presented a review of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith media resources and during the meeting helped the participants to get to know each other and make friends.

Igor Bulatov, specialist in videography and smm, shared the knowledge about supporting accounts in social networks, gave some ideas of content for churches' accounts, presented elements of photoreports.

Media speakers focused on planning. During practice sessions the participants gained skills of media support of church's events.

Dmitry Molchanov, lawyer and representative of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith legal department, shared about the application of rules and regulations set by "Yarovaya law" in the media ministry. At the conclusion of the presentation the participants made an editor's check-list on the legalistic matters.

Similar media trainings took place since 2013 in Saint-Petersburg, Moscow, Perm and Krasnoyarsk. Media bfiefing is a format of gathering with coleagues, who meet, share experience, learn from each other.

The organizer of the meeting, media minister of Tcherepovetz "Revival" Church Artyom Vtorushin, said that he was glad to welcome guests from Vologda, Kaduy and churches of Tcherepovetz. Artyom was sure that as a result of the meeting new talents would be discovered.

"We've learned to generate and filter the ideas, - says Ilya Lamokhin, participant of the meeting. - I liked the "Six hats" method. Media ministers can help their churches in any ministry using it. Knowledge on media planning of a conference or any other event are useful to anybody".

"I liked to generate ideas using an "Octopus" techniqie, - says Leonid Chumakov. - I've learned how to write a news article, using a pyramid method. It was helpful to learn how to work in social networks and apply hashtags".

"New ideas and new victories in media ministry are guaranted. The Good News, properly shared, will be even closer to people", - Svetlana Vtoorushina summarized.

Artyom Vtorushin, Svetlana Vtorushina, Igor Bulatov

Photos by Igor Bulatov

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