PERM – On November 1 to 3, a National women conference “Living by the Word” took place in Perm. Larissa Grabovenko, wife of the Head Bishop, head of women’s ministry department of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith was a speaker at the conference. Guest speakers for the second year in a row were Sharon Daugherty, pastor of Victory Christian Center (Talsa, USA) and Anna Kristiansen, pastor of Church of Christ (Norway).
PERM – On November 1 to 3, the National Women’s Conference ‘Living by the Word’ will take place in Perm, Russia.
ROSTOV-ON-DON – An interdenominational women’s conference took place at Rostov-on-Don “Christ the Savior” Church on March 9. It was devoted to the International Women’s Day.
OMSK – Regional women’s prayer meeting “Prayers that were heard” took place on the eve of the 8th of March International Women’s Day celebration. Women from different churches of Omsk gathered to praise the name of the Lord, to stand before Him with their hearts open, to worship Him and bring their intercessory prayers to the throne of grace.
VOLGOGRAD (RUSSIA) – A women’s conference took place on November 23 and 24 at the “Grace of Jesus Christ” church of Volgograd. The key verse of the conference was Proverbs 31:25 “Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future”. Sisters from churches of Astrakhan, Volgograd, Penza and Rostov areas took part in the conference.
PERM (RUSSIA), Nov. 2-4 – The National Women’s Conference “Life in the Spirit” took place in Perm. About 700 people participated in the conference. Among them many guests from different cities and towns of Russia: from churches of Altai region, Komi Republic, Perm area, Sverdlovsk area, Volga region and Transbaikal.
KEMEROVO (RUSSIA), Nov., 3 – A regional women conference “And she smiles at the future” took place in Kemerovo Revival Church. 500 women from different churches of Western Siberia participated in the event.
BARNAUL (RUSSIA), Oct., 25 – An “Encounter with God” regional women conference took place in Barnaul. Women from different cities and towns of Altai region came to participate.
Galina Inkina, pastor of Barnaul “Light of Revival” church, ministered at the conference. She shared the history of her own family and her church.
According to the feedback from the participants of the conference, women’s ministry team did a great job organizing the conference. The participants shared that they’ve experienced the love of the Father, their pain of rejection was healed. There were those who perceived the meaning of the Cross and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, they found forgiveness and freedom.
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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.
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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!
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!”
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