IN THE SPOTLIGHT
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.
IZHEVSK (RUSSIA) - December 1-4, a final session in the city of Izhevsk marked the completion of the unprecedented project for Russian centers of social rehabilitation. During three years (2011 – 2014) directors and workers of the rehabilitation centers were able to go through a training program and improve their skills and level of work of their centers.
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.
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!
KEMEROVO (RUSSIA) – Regional women’s conference named “And she happily faces the future” took place in Kemerovo on November 3 and 4. About 450 women from all over Kuzbass region came to receive a timely word from God. The speakers of the conference were Olga Kaidalova, Oksana Izmadenova, Evgeniya Stolyarova and Marina Khoroschenko.
At a sermon titled “A Christian woman – who is she?” Olga Kaidalova presented an interview with people who shared their suppositions about who a Christian woman is, and then gave a Biblical answer to the question. After the sermon every sister in Christ was sure: a Christian woman is the one belonging to Christ!
Oksana Izmadenova explored a topic about “A woman in ministry”. What does that mean? Which ministry we can call the most valuable in life? Pastor Oksana made a conclusion: a true ministry is “dressed for a workday”, which means that it doesn’t attract much attention.
Evgeniya Stolyarova preached on “Femininity”. Each one of us is like a garden that needs to be watered. And if the source of the water is God – the garden will be beautiful!
Marina Khoroschenko shared an important and interesting word about “A woman in the Holy Spirit”. Her key message was the necessity to behold God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit helps us not to be in despair in desperate circumstances.
Besides the timely sermons, the conference is well remembered for many other highlights. Some of the sisters received prophetic gifts. The facilitators conducted a lottery, and the winners received prizes. The youth prepared dances, and all participants joined them in the dance. There were a lot of joy and laughter, the happiness of God’s presence has overflown every participant.
The pastors’ wives gathered at a lunch, and made a decision to continue to develop the women’s ministry in local churches. The conference was closed by a common prayer, and through it every sister received a prophetic word for herself, a comforting word, an answer or a touch from the Father.
The participants left enthusiastic feedback.
Tatyana Ermicheva: “How wonderful were these days – with great advantage for ourselves, received so many revelations. God, thank You for the blessings!”
Yulia Grigorieva: “Pastor Olga, thank you for the blessed time! Thank you for holding on to God and teaching us that. My family and me have gained something new. May God bless you abundantly!”
Galina Bushueva: “The conference and the living Word is just in time, thank God!”
Svetlana Reshetnikova: “The conference was great, all life aspects were expanded. The atmosphere was snug and homelike. The lottery and the prizes was a surprise. And on the second day angels were meeting us at the entrance to the temple. It was just stunning! The conference was superb!”
The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith
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
The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith
SERBIA – In June, a team of 25 young people from churches of Perm and Kaliningrad went on a missions trip to Serbia. After six months of detailed preparation, prayers and steps of faith, missionaries spent two weeks in service, fellowship, new discoveries and witnessed an unforgettable touch of God on the hearts of people in Serbia and experienced changes in their lives!
ODESSA (UKRAINE) - “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit — fruit that will last — and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” (John 15:16 NIV )
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
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
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.
MOSCOW (RUSSIA) – On October 21, the Correspondence Theological Institute celebrated the graduation of a group of acoustically challenged students. Three graduates gained qualification in “Practical theology minister”, others were granted with letters of appreciation and memorable gifts.
During two years brothers and sisters from Russia and Kazakhstan patiently and diligently studied theological subjects. In spite of the challenges, biblical truths gained deep and protreptic meaning for them. The acquired knowledge and skills will equip them for ministry to acoustically challenged people.
Moscow Theological Institute
The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith
RUSSIA - Youth ministry news - Our youth ministry is srtiving to equip and multiply youth leaders and students to reach the younger generation with a life-changing relationship to Jesus Christ. We are using the strategy and training materials of the Reach Out Youth Solutions ministry. Here is our latest news.
MOSCOW (RUSSIA) - On June 12 of 2016 a solemn ceremony of awarding a doctoral degree to six PhD students took place at All-Russian conference of Russian church of Christians of Evangelical Faith. The doctor’s degree was conferred to: Sergei Yastrzhembski, President of Moscow Theological Institute, Aelita Zhidyaeva, Academic Vice-President for Moscow Theological Institute, Igor Ivanenko, Vitaly Nakul and Sergei Zhidyaev – Professors of Moscow Theological Institute and Pastor Alexander Nikolaev.