Ministries

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.

ALTAY (RUSSIA) – 120 indigenous women of the Altai Republic gathered on April 14 at a regional women's conference.

Pastors' wives of the West Siberian Association ministered at the conference. They preached about the role of women in the church: "A Christian woman is who she is", "Woman who ministers", "Woman in the Holy Spirit".

At the conference there was a warm, family atmosphere. The Lord filled the hearts of all participants with His presence. May the Lord bless sisters and expand their hearts to serve women in the Altai republic.

West-Siberian Association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith

 

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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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!

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Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxFUoCz7uU0

 

 

 

 

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.

The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith

 

 

 

 

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

The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith

NOVOSIBIRSK (RUSSIA) – On Sunday, April 22, an important event for 15 guys and girls took place at the Covenant Church of Novosibirsk. They made a covenant with the Lord and promised to keep their purity till marriage. To confirm their decision they put on rings.

During five weeks the young people have been studying all about the true love, how the true love is different from falling in love and how to keep the purity till marriage. Over this time each one of them was testing themselves, facing difficulties of this decision, praying and fasting. Finally they made a decision to say "Yes" to the Lord in the covenant.

Some of them faced a hard choice, "What if I break the promise?" God helped them to see their lives from another point and realize they were able to follow Him unalterably.

So the day has come. Being festively excited they've pronounced the words of the covenant: "I believe that the Lord has prepared for me a true and only love. I want to keep myself spiritually and physically pure for the God blessed union. And today before God, the church, my friends and family I give a promise to strive to Christ's likeness…" For many that became a turning point of their lives that they would always remember.

Anastasia Kolesnikova

MOSCOW (RUSSIA) – "Flaming fire" regional youth conference took place in Moscow on March, 31. New Testament Сhurch of Dzerzhinski, Moscow area facilitated the conference.The key text of the conference was to focus the attention of the participants on the fire of God that lights up inside of us. The "Flaming fire" youth conference was a chance to praise God, spend time in prayer, hear the live word of God and get the new fire and power!

Representatives of different churches of Central association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith attended the conference. The participants met each other in an informal setting: the youth was divided into several teams and each one of them fulfilled some tasks.

David Sliker, the IHOP youth pastor, principal of the "Forerunner" ministry school, senior leader at IHOP KC was the key speaker of the conference. David teaches Bible studies, Prayer and Eschatology at IHOP University. He is an author of several books.In 1998 Ivan Borichevski invited David for the first time to take part in a youth rally.

Pastors and ministers prayed for every participant who needed repentance, support and renewal.

The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith

 

 

 

 

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) - 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.

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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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

 

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