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.
GROZNY (CHECHNYA, RUSSIA) – The Interregional Charity Organization ‘Christian Relief Society’, which is based in Omsk (Russia), participated in a children’s festival in Grozny timed for the International Children's Day on June 1.
MOSCOW (RUSSIA) - The Moscow Risen Christ the Savior Church organized a concert for the WWII veterans and residents of Moscow on the Victory Day. The event took place in the Chertanovo district of the city on May 9. 120 people attended the concert.
On October 18, Philadelphia Church of Uva town (Udmurtia Republic, Russia) held a new type of meeting for parents. It was called ‘Parents’ Lounge’. Children’s workers from Izhevsk, the capital city of Udmurtia, Anna Zhelnovakova and Marina Nepomyaschaya came to Uva to organize the event.
On October 5, a special event for men took place in Bread of Life Church of Omsk, Siberia. Men were talking about themselves being role models for their families. Who is responsible for spiritual growth of wives and children? Why don’t men take time to be with their families? The answer could be easy – men have to work a lot and they don’t have time.
On July 22 - August 2 the "Philadelphia" church children's ministry organized children's playground in the town of Votkinsk. Children, ages 6 to 11, from the parishioners’ families attended the playground. The goal was to introduce children to the ministries of the church. It was a good time for fun games outside, for a variety of creative activities and also for discovering many truths of the Bible.
The Book Acts is full of stories of God’s Word touching people’s hearts and changing their lives. People came to believe and got baptized in water. These events still happen in lives of Udmurt people. The Word of God given out by a missionary group from Philadelphia Church of Izevsk that minister to Udmurt people, bring great fruit.
From July 30 through August 4, 2013 youth from St.Trinity Church of Smolensk made a missions trip to the neighboring city of Roslavl to work alongside with a newly opened church. For five days, young people held evangelistic events for youth, which included sociological surveys, home group fellowship, but the most outstanding event was a photo contest.
The second week of July 2013, became outstanding for many young Christians of St. Petersburg – «RE-formation» came back! The annual summer Christian camp was held from 8 to 12 of July in an unusual location – Recreation Park «LosevoDa».
Five days filled with fellowship. leisure, beautiful nature, devotions, prayers, music performed by incredible artists and even extreme, gathered young people from St. Petersburg, Samara, Yekaterinburg and from Belarus.
On July 7 - 13 the Northwest Association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith organized a IN POWER 2013 youth camp on the shore of Soletskoye lake in Luga. The overall theme of the camp was evangelization. The main objective of the camp was that young people could find their identity in Christ, find their place in church, and learn to share the Good News of salvation with others.
On July 11 to 13, Open Air Christian Youth Festival was organized and conducted by several churches of the city of Novosibirsk in Siberia. Youth from several churches – Word of Life, Covenant Church, Tree of Life, New City, Exodus – gathered to praise Jesus and worship Him. More than 150 young people for three days settled in tents, wanting to share with each other the love of Jesus and the precious moments of God's presence.
Last week in Perm was marked by a significant event. On July 4th to 6th, the New Testament Church hosted the annual Youth Conference «LIVE». The conference was attended by about 250 young people from different parts of the Perm region and other Russian cities: Krasnokamsk, Dobryanka, Kungur, Kudymkar, Gubakha, Kachkanar, Uralskiy, Yekaterinburg, Izhevsk.
Last week, Good News Church in Tyumen (Western Siberia) hosted a Women's Conference. Larissa Grabovenko, leader of Women's Ministry and her assistant Elena Hooda, leader of women's and family ministry of the New Testament Church in Perm were the main speakers of the conference.
On Monday, January 28, volunteers from Source of Life Church of Syktyvkar (Komi Republic) held an outreach "Feed the hungry", the purpose of which was to minister to homeless people.
On January 18 and 19, Grace of Jesus Christ Сhurch in Volgograd hosted Children's ministry training. The training was held by the head of the Children’s ministry Valentina Fedorova. The main theme was Discipleship. «Do your best to present yourself to God as one appproved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth» (2 Tim. 2:15).
January 2-4, Khabarovsk, Far East of Russia – In the first days of the new year women's conference was held in Khabarovsk. About 200 women gathered at Grace Church to praise God and learn from His word.
Revival Church of Azov held a children's Christmas celebration called "Journey to Bethlehem." Children were asked to find a treasure. In order to do that they were to overcome seven obstacles, which they successfully accomplished. Children liked riddles and puzzles, they answered questions about the books and heroes of the Bible, played games, sang Christmas songs. Between different assignments they recited Bible verses, sang songs and danced. The children put together and read Bible verses from the book of Isaiah 9:6-7 and then thanked the Lord for His love.
On July 20 through 22, women's conference was held in Northern Ossetia, in the city of Mozdok. Women's ministry team of the Russian Church of Chrstians of Evangelical Faith came to this very unstable region of the Northern Caucasus region to encourage women. The head of the Women's Ministry Larissa Grabovenko and her team spent three days in the city of Mosdok, teaching, praying for women and their families. They visited homes and prayed for the sick.
Last weekend youth ministry team "Plug Into Heaven" of Izhevsk Philadelphia Church led by Youth Pastor Vladimir Batalov visited churches of the city of Bereznyaki in the neighboring Perm region.
On the 8th of March people of Russia celebrate International Women’s Day. Though the history of this holiday goes back to the Soviet times as a holiday for working women it became a wonderful holiday to celebrate the joy of spring and new life. All men bring gifts to their mothers, wives, sisters and daughters.
Childhood and prison. It seems that these two are not compatible, but the realities of this world show otherwise. In women’s prisons there are special facilities for children, who are born in prison and they stay there up to certain age. Another problem in our society is juvenile prisons. It’s hard to even imagine that young boys and girls live in barracks, wear prisoners’ robes. But what can you do – that's life. They committed crimes, and the society is compelled to take measures for their temporary isolation. Fortunately, other methods are being sought to change their behaviors.
On Friday, February 10, leaders of ‘RENEWAL’ drug rehabilitation ministry met in Tomsk, Siberia. The ministry belongs to Western Siberian regional association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith, and includes 14 men’s and 2 women’s rehabilitation programs.
On January 27, volunteers from the "New Testament" church located in the town of Linevo (Novosibirsk region) presented a lesson on moral values to kids from the local school #1. During the interactive lecture they spoke about the importance of choice in their lives.
"Therefore, since we have this ministry, as God has shown us mercy, we do not become discouraged" (2 Corinthians 4:1). These words of Apostle Paul became a motto for the three-day children's ministers’ conference which took place on January 8-10 at the Holy Trinity Church in the city of Miass in Chelyabinsk region (Ural Mountains area, Russia).
During the school break a unique event took place in Chita – the first teenagers’ conference. The conference brought together over 70 young people from the churches of Trans-Baikal region and the city of Chita. There had never been a conference like that before, and this was the uniqueness of the event.
The year 2012 is associated with a lot of frightening predictions. Hollywood movies portray disasters that will happen in 2012. Everyone is afraid of a doomsday that the ancient Mayans calendar supposedly predicted.
November 5, 2011 was the last day of the V Congress of Children’s ministry coordinators. While preparing for the Congress, God revealed His word to us: "And he built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord. There he pitched his tent; and there his servants dug a well." (Gen. 26:25).
On November 19, Youth Summit will take place in Izhevsk. Youth ministries of churches in the city – Work of Faith Church, Philadelphia Church, Church of God and Izhevsk Christian Fellowship, organize it. For the first time Church of Resurrection will be participating in the project. The organizers have chosen the theme for the summit, “Church and I”.