IN THE SPOTLIGHT
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.
NOVOSIBIRSK (RUSSIA) - Novosibirsk is a city in western part of Siberia. It was here that 80 representatives of rehabilitation programs from Siberian cities gathered in the beginning of June.
In unity and joy they worshiped God and learned from the word of God. Pastors Sergey Potapov from Barnaul, Vitaly Maksimyuk from Novosibirsk, Alexey Ivshin from Izhevsk and Mikhail Koshevarov from Barnaul spoke at the conference and prayed for pastors and leaders. Also, lawyers of the Slavic Law center from Moscow held seminars, which were very useful and practical for the leaders.
PERM (RUSSIA) - December 10, 2016 Regional Women's Conference was held in Perm. This year was declared the Year of the Word of God in the Pentecostal Union of Russia. “Your word is the lamp unto my feet and the light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105) was the theme of the women's conference “Living by the Word.”
CHITA (RUSSIA) - On April 15 and 16, “Salvation in Jesus” Christian church in Chita warmly welcomed participants of the regional women’s conference under the titile “Living by the Word”.
– When I meet women, I notice, that the Word of God is being questioned. Very often we, women, are being moved by our desires, feelings, and we forget that the way is found not in our own strength, but in the Word of God, – says the coordinator of the women’s ministry in the Siberian Federal District, pastor of women ministry network in “Salvation in Jesus” church Lyudmila Panasovets. – While we were preparing for the conference, God clearly opened for me Genesis, chapter 3: the serpent said to Eve “Indeed, has God said”. I realized that very often the devil deceives us, lies come to our lives, we begin to doubt, and then comes disappointment. That is why we specifically stressed that we should live according to the Word.
KALININGRAD (RUSSIA) - On March 20 and 21, Emmanuel church of Kaliningrad, the most western region of Russia, hosted the annual Women's Conference under the title “God is looking for a woman.” Speakers of the conference were Larisa Grabovenko, head of women's ministry of the Pentecostal Union of Russia, and Elena Hooda, director of women's and family ministries of the New Testament Church in Perm.
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 )
KARELIA REGION (RUSSIA) – A few years ago pastors and ministers from seven evangelical churches of Karelia formed a joint missionary team to bring God’s Word to people. This summer the team responded to the invitation by distant churches and went 700-800 km to the north of the region on its mission trip. The first three days they held tent meetings in villages of Pjaozersky and Tungozero in Louhi district where Pastor Vasily Grudov ministers with his family.
SYKTYVKAR (RUSSIA) - During winter holidays Source of Life Church of Syktyvkar opened its doors for the participants of the fourth regional youth conference “Restart4: Real-time”. The conference brought together young people from churches of the Komi Republic – Vorkuta, Usinsk, Pechora, Ukhta and other cities. The conference began with an inspirational message about the importance of personal relationship with God, and prayer for youth to renew relationships with God and receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Evening continued with praise and worship service, when everybody in unity praised the Creator.
IZHEVSK (RUSSIA) - On March 25-27, Philadelphia Church of Izhevsk hosted Youth Conference for Volga and Urals Federal Districts. 400 participants came from several regions of Russia.
NOVOSIBIRSK (RUSSIA) - An evangelistic movement among students of high schools and colleges began in Covenant Church of Novosibirsk. 35 young people who attend different academic institutions desided to gather regularly to pray for their classmates and to reach them in most creative ways. The ministry based on prayer is to be successful: Christian students have already held several events and now everyone in their schools and universities know about meaningful presents, which Christians presented to their classmates.
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.
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.