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MOSCOW (RUSSIA) – In his letter addressed to the Ambassador of Egypt in Russia, Head Bishop Edward Grabovenko wrote, “Tragic news about the death of innocent believers gathered for Friday prayers at the al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed brought deep sorrow in our hearts. On behalf of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith we offer sincere condolences to all who have been under the terrorist attack, and who have lost their loved ones.

Any act of violence and terrorism is a challenge to the whole world, disrespect for the law and basic values of life. Evangelical Christians in Russia are united in intercessory prayer for Egyptian people. We grieve and pray for the families of the deceased and for the injured. May the Almighty God restore their mental strength, comfort their hearts and heal physical wounds. Also, our prayers today for those servants who are on duty, facing this evil and ensuring safety of the citizens. May the Lord strengthen their hearts and give courage.”

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MOSCOW (RUSSIA) – Head Bishop Edward Grabovenko on behalf of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith offered deepest condolences to the families of the victims and all those affected by the tragic church shooting in Texas. He also sent a condolences letter to the Assemblies of God General Superintendent Doug Clay.

In his letter he wrote, “With sorrow we learned about the tragedy that happened on Sunday, when believers gathered to hear the Word, to pray and worship God.

Russian Christians are united in prayer for our brothers and sisters who are suffering as a result of this terrible act and for the families who lost their loved ones. May our merciful Lord give them peace and heal their hearts. We pray for the speedy recovery of those who were injured.

Our prayers are for comfort to the families of Sutherland Springs and for many people to come to know Christ and His good will. Our hearts are with the Christians of the USA during this tragedy. Please know we mourn with you and lift prayers to the Lord.”

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SAINT-PETERSBURG (RUSSIA) – The electoral conference took place on October, 28 in North-Western Association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith. Representatives of all registered churches and church communities of Saint-Petersburg and Leningrad area met together to elect a senior presbyter and plan their common work in the region for the next six years.

The association unites 60 churches and religious groups in Saint-Petersburg and cities of Leningrad area, situated in 85,3 square kilometers, which is compared to the territory of Austria. The population size is 6 900 000 people.

Alexander Tsvetkov, serving as Senior Presbyter for the North-Western Association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith, was elected for the next term by the majority vote.

Alexander Tsvetkov has been a pastor for 20 years, during the last 10 years he has been a pastor of the New Testament Church in Saint-Petersburg. With his wife Valeria they have five children. In his program for the next six years Pastor Alexander noted the most important directions the association is going to move in:

• “One Year for Jesus” project;
• Developing an informational platform;
• Work with youth, teenagers and children;
• Providing support in starting new churches;
• Developing the spiritual education structure;
• Cooperation with representatives of the legislative power and the executive power;
• The inter-confessional relationships development.

The Board of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith was represented at the electoral conference by the First deputy of the Head bishop Nikolai Zalutski. He finished his speech by the message on the importance to dedicate oneself to the ministry to God, and to be at peace with each other. Representatives of churches of the regional association broke the bread together and prayed the blessing prayer.

The Senior Presbyter Alexander Tsvetkov addressed to the participants of the conference: “Dear brothers, pastors and ministers. I thank God for you and for the confidence that you have in me – to become a senior presbyter for the region. Four years have passed fast, and during that time, resting upon the rich legacy of the past achievements of the brotherhood, we moved further and achieved certain results in every direction of the vision that, I trust, I received from God and presented to you. Each one of us made certain sacrifice for the changes, for reaching the goals set, and I’m sure the sacrifice is not in vain, because the unity of the brotherhood is evident. I believe that the unity will take us to even more results and fulfillment of the will of our Lord Jesus Christ in Saint-Petersburg and Leningrad area. After the electoral conference we will move forward and make further steps to developing the presented vision. The core of the vision, formulated as one single goal, can be expressed as: “To provide every local church of our brotherhood an opportunity to dwell in an atmosphere that allows it to be filled with the Holy Spirit and multiply in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ”.

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SAINT-PETERSBURG – On December 26, the concluding pastors’ meeting took place in North-Western Association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith. In celebration of Christmas 88 senior ministers together with their spouses gathered socially at the large hall of Saint Katherine’s Cathedral for the festive dinner. The program included the word of the senior presbyter, prayer, the Holy Communion and a festive program.
 
Ministers recollected the main events of the year and summed up. It’s the second time that at this meeting pastors determine winners in different nominations by authorless voting.
 
Pastors voted the Reformer of 2017 – a person, who has made a special contribution to the life of the Association, has started a new ministry, church or a project – the senior presbyter of the North-Western Association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith Alexander Tsvetkov. The Family of the year – family as an example of faith, love and devotion to the ministry – is Dmitry and Nadezhda Larkin and their nine children. The Father of 2017 – pastor as an example of care and fatherhood – is Petr Kravchuk. The nominees received memorable gifts and in their response word wished all those present a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
 
That day has become a pleasant memory and gave pastors had a good time of fellowship and ready to continue to expand the Kingdom of God in Saint-Petersburg and Leningrad area.

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PERM (RUSSIA) – On December 23, protestant churches of Perm gathered together to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Reformation. Members of 11 evangelical communities took part in celebration.
Church ministers reminded of the basic concepts of protestant theology.

David Roerich, the provost of the Evangelical-Lutheran congregation in Perm, shared from Hebrews 11 about how often we mention faith, but do not think about it as we should. And it is faith that unites us and will lead us to God. It is impossible to please God without faith.

Vladimir Menschikov, minister of the Ural center of Christians of Evangelical Faith, spoke about the Bible – that it has all the answers in spite of the time we live in, and shared the word from Psalm 119:165.

Vladimir Kuchev, presbyter of Evangelical Christians Baptists shared about Christ, His personality and that the question who He is is still a key question.

Sergei Fartushny, preacher from the Seventh Day Adventists church of Perm spoke about how all the glory belongs to God and shared from Romans 11:36, Colossians 1:17 and 1 Cor. 10:31.

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SAINT-PETERSBURG (RUSSIA) – Last Saturday a long-expected event took place in Saint-Petersburg – the 6th Christmas Festival organized by the North-Western Association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith. According to a good tradition, the Festival gathered adults and children from all over the city and opened the series of Christmas and New Year celebrations in the Northern capital.

This year the program of the event was prepared for guests of all age groups: for children under 3 – a special play area with an assistant, games and a creative workshop was prepared. Kids of 3 to 8 years old watched a puppet-show “Brother Donkey or a road to Bethlehem”, took part in a bubble show and watched a “Three Angels of Christmas” performance. While the children were playing, their parents and young people over 13 years old visited a festive church service devoted to the Nativity of Christ, and listened to the Christmas carols sung by the massed choir of the “New Testament” Church (Saint-Petersburg), watched a wonderful Christmas performance about how the love of God changes the hearts and lives of people to the better, and a concert devoted to Christmas.

All the guests of the Festival heard the Christmas greetings, including the greetings of the senior presbyter of the North-Western Association of the Russian Church of Christian of Evangelical Faith Alexander Tsvetkov, and received gifts.

The 6th Christmas Festival gathered more than 800 children and their parents, guests from Saint-Petersburg and other cities of Leningrad area – Krasnoe Selo, Rappolovo, Sosnovy Bor, Priozersk, Sertolovo, Garbolovo, Kolpino, Pushkin, Petergof, Kommunar, Nikolskoe, Volkhov, Zelenogorsk, Sestroretsk, Gatchina. The day is well-remembered for a nice, kind, festive atmosphere of Christmas, and we believe that God will perform many miracles in the lives and hearts of people of our region. Merry Christmas!

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The Theme for Perm Conference is: “A CERTAIN KIND. Discipleship That Re-Defines Success In The Ministry”

A synopsis of the conference: The greatest need of the Church is leadership. To produce a certain kind of spiritually qualified leader, authentic discipleship and intentional disciple making are the biblical keys. The chief goal is life transformation – building depth in the lives of leaders to influence the Church to arise to be what God intends it to be!

When: November 17–18, 2017

Where: New Testament Church, Perm, Russia
(93, Uralskaya street, Perm)

For more information visit our web-site: novizavet.ru




Reverend Edmund Chan
Leadership Mentor, Covenant Evangelical Free Church
Founder, Global Alliance of Intentional Disciple Making Churches
 
Edmund Chan is a highly sought-after expository preacher and an esteemed leadership mentor. His insightful biblical teachings are very well received, resulting in worldwide speaking invitations up to five years in advance.

Edmund also mentors top-level leaders, including business leaders and CEOs, bishops, senior pastors as well as the founders and directors of Christian organizations globally.
 
He travels extensively to minister in diverse countries, including South East Asia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Russia, Africa, Europe, UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada and USA.

After his 25-year service as the Senior Pastor of Covenant Evangelical Free Church, Edmund transited in leadership in 2012 to provide leadership as Founder of the Global Alliance of Intentional Disciple Making Churches (IDMC Global Alliance). He remains on staff at Covenant EFC as the leadership mentor.

A highlight in ministry was the launch of the Global Discipleship Congress (GDC) in Manila, in partnership with Christ Commission Fellowship. The inaugural GDC 2013 was attended by over 8,000 pastors and leaders from 61 nations; and have since paved the way for major regional discipleship summits, particularly in Europe and Africa.

Edmund distinguished himself academically by completing his two-year post-graduate degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (USA) in less than nine months and graduated summa cum laude.
 
He has written several books, including Growing Deep in God (2002); Mentoring Paradigms (2008); Growing Deep In Faith (2010); Cultivating Your Inner Life (2011); A Certain Kind (2013), Radical Discipleship (2014), Life & Legacy (2015) and Discipleship Missions (2016).

Edmund is married to Ann, who actively ministers and mentors alongside him around the world. They have two lovely adopted daughters, Amanda and Belicia.




Pastor Ann Chan
Pastor, Covenant Evangelical Free Church
Director, Global Alliance of Intentional Disciple Making Churches

Ann Chan ministers actively alongside her husband, Reverend Edmund Chan, championing the Intentional Disciple Making Churches (IDMC) vision around the world.

A gifted leader and teacher, she has pioneered many of Covenant’s ministries, including Women-In-Covenant ministry.  No stranger to pain and suffering herself, she has been an empathetic and wise counsellor to many who have approached her over her years of ministry.

An educator by training, Ann graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Christian Education (with Honours) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1994.  She has also mentored, preached and taught in Hong Kong, Australia, America and London. 



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MOSCOW (RUSSIA) – On October 25, an outstanding event took place in Moscow. The Archbishop Dieterich Brauer accepted symbolic keys to Evangelical-Lutheran Peter and Paul’s Cathedral from the Assistant director of territorial administration of Federal Agency for State property management in Moscow Nikolai Peshkov, as a sign of ownership.

Head of administration of the Head Bishop Ivan Borichevsky, and Senior Presbyter of the Central Association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith Boris Dikidzhi took part in the event.

According to the cathedral’s pastor Viktor Weber, the decision to sign over the Peter and Paul’s Lutheran Cathedral building to the Evangelical-Lutheran church of Russia on the 500th anniversary of Reformation is the first step to restoration of the historical justice and returning other religious buildings to the believers all across the country.

President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier has arrived with a private visit to participate in the ceremony. Representatives of the Russian President’s Administration, Government of Moscow, State Duma, and all Christian denominations of Russia participated in the event.

Vladimir Medinsky, Minister of Culture of Russia, and Henry Bedford-Storm, Head of the Evangelical church of Germany, made greeting speeches.

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MOSCOW (RUSSIA) - In 2018, Russia will host FIFA World Cup. On December 13–15, a meeting of the coordinating council of the Alliance of sports ministries was held in Moscow. The purpose of the meeting was preparation for the championship. During the event evangelical churches will organize activities related to engage teenagers and young people into a healthy lifestyle.