Evangelistic Concert in Omsk Juvenile Prison

From the field

On February 4, 2012 Christians of evangelical faith organized a concert in Omsk juvenile prison. A group of children from Harvest Church and Tree of Life Christian choir took part in it.

The leaders of children's ministry of the Harvest Church, Arthur and Victoria Dzhagraev shared their impressions of the concert: "Boys and girls showed a skit for their peers at the prison. The drama portrayed how the love of Jesus Christ changed hearts and lives of the worst criminals, softened hearts of people in authority, making their relationship more friendly and sincere. With this skit children wanted to show that there is always a way out in any problem. And it is for everyone: for both adults and children. At the concert there was a lot of music. Kids performed Christian children’s songs.

The head of Tree of Life Christian choir Natalia Kovyrshina and accordionist Vadim Sharovarov also commented on their participation in the concert: «Guys listened to the Christian music with great interest and delight. And this was music that dated back to the times when evangelical Christianity just started to spread in Russia. At that time our grandparents sang these hymns, but then for decades they were banned and those who sang them, were in prisons. Some of the older choir members remembered the times of persecution for the faith. They sang hymns in the woods, so that no one would hear them and inform the police. Nowadays, these songs were heard from the stage of the juvenile correctional facility, performed by the Christian choir. Choir members were dressed in the traditional Russian folk costumes. Great is the Lord, and we see His promises come true».

I. Solovyev, A. Golikov, organizers, representatives of the administration of the juvenile prison.

V. Krouch, assistant pastor of the Harvest Church, Omsk