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OMSK (RUSSIA) – Congress of “Harvest” and “Bread of Life” churches took place in Omsk on January, 28. Every year brothers and sisters gather together to worship, praise and pray and receive revelation in the Word for the upcoming year.

Bishop of Omsk regional association, senior pastor of “Harvest” Church Sergei Gorbenko and his wife Yelena opened the Congress and blessed the participants.

In joint spirit brothers and sisters worshiped God and thanked Him for His love, mercy and blessings.

Roman Shkodunov, senior pastor of “Bread of Life” Church, shared from the Word. He reminded that God established His church on love, and all people present are here to be able to say in unity: “God, I love you!”
The “proСВЕТ” youth ministry presented a skit where they shared about their strivings, ways and expectations. Most importantly, they plainly proclaimed: “We are the generation of people who have found themselves in God”.

Andrei Mazurin, senior pastor of “The Kingdom of God” church of Barnaul, was reflecting on chapter six of the Gospel of John. He mentioned that Jesus takes care of His people, keeps everything under His control and has the best plan for each one of us. Our obedience, humility and faith mean a lot to God.

The blessed brothers from the social ministry of Sosnovka settlement shared a testimony of God’s mercy. They recited a poem “We are Christians, God’s people” and sang a “God Almighty found me” psalm.

The year of 2017 was announced a year of discipleship, leadership and mission. This vision encouraged starting new ministries. The missionary work has especially developed. During the last year Omsk missionary training center graduated two admissions of evangelists. Pavel Pigurski, the head of the restoration ministry, congratulated the graduates.

Another significant event of the congress was the ordination of brothers and sisters of “Harvest” and “The Bread of Life” churches. May God strengthen each one of them and give them wisdom and the Holy Spirit guidance in the ministry!

One of the most important parts of the Congress was receiving the Word for the upcoming year. Sergei Gorbenko mentioned that we continue to follow the vision of discipleship, leadership and mission. “I believe that the year of 2018 will be a year of breakthrough in missions, evangelism and serving people! To communicate the Word of God, to share the Gospel and implant the right moral principles – that is our task”, – concluded the senior pastor.

The Congress was concluded with the Lord’s Supper, worshiping and thanking God in unity.

The Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith



 

 

 

 

NOVOSIBIRSK (RUSSIA) – Leaders of the world famous ministry International House of Prayer (IHOP KC) will become participants of the first in the history of Siberia conference "IHOP-Siberia". On the eve of this large-scale event, we had questions to the senior pastor of the Covenant Church, bishop of the Russian Church of Evangelical Christians Vitaly Maximyuk.

– Vitaly Vladimirovich, the movement IHOP KC, known for its 24-hour service of praise and worship, can undoubtedly be called one of the largest prayer centers in the world. How relevant is this prayer movement for the modern church?

– 18 years ago, at the beginning of the IHOP KC movement, there were only a few places in the world where people carried around the clock prayer service. Today there are about 20,000 such prayer houses on the planet. What I saw at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City is likely to be arranged differently than, for example, in Egypt, Mexico and other countries. What unites people who serve the Lord with prayer? The thirst for the presence of God, and the understanding that before anything happens, the church prays. The apostle Paul says: "First of all, I ask you to perform prayers, petitions and prayers." Prayer precedes what will happen. In the ninth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus speaks of a harvest and a few workers. He speaks of prayer: "Pray for the Lord of the harvest, that He sends laborers into His harvest." He does not say, "Go," He says, "Pray." Therefore, prayer is a state in which the church must remain constantly. We need to sacrifice something, refuse something, to pray and be in the presence of God. This revelation is carried by the prayer movement IHOP KC.

– The fast pace of life often leads to lack of prayer life among modern Christians. How do you manage to cope with this?

– It's always a challenge. I have to postpone something, or even completely refuse some things. It was easier before. Now I ofetn say: "I'm sorry, I'll answer tomorrow," "I'll answer later." I set aside time for prayer, quiet time with God, I try to do this in the morning. If I'm on the road, I do it when I'm alone. These are questions of discipline, as well as what I am prepared to sacrifice. Often I have to give up some projects and even relationships in favor of spending more time with the Lord.

– What are the most noticeable prayer ministries in the world?

– They are in many countries. The events in South Korea are widely known. Here, Christians over the past 50 years have inspired the world with their prayer life. It all began with David Yonggi Cho, a famous minister of God. His mother-in-law acquired land on one of the mountains, and they built prayer cells there. It became the morning prayer place for the church. There are thousands of prayer mountains in Korea today. The Chinese church surprises the world by the prayer, which occurs at home, a silent prayer – they can not pray loudly and make a lot of noise. I met with a representative of the Chinese prayer movement and was surprised to learn how much the church prays in the days of persecution. Pain, stress, imprisonment of brothers and sisters put the church on their knees before God. We see this in the book of Acts: when Peter was in prison, the church diligently prayed for him. I talked with a young minister who was 32 years old, he was the son of a pastor and since the age of 16 he has been founding prayer houses in Mexico. He opened more than 60 prayer houses across the country. This young man is filled with the fire of prayer, the desire to inspire the whole body of Christ in Mexico for constant prayer. The prayer movement in Brazil is widely developed. Brazilians are hot in temperament. They pray loudly, expressively, the Lord does great things in this part of the world.

"Within minutes, 50,000 people chanted the name of the Savior – the presence of God was incredible!"

– How are things in the Muslim countries? Is there also a widespread prayer movement?

– Muslim countries are no exception. On November 11, 2011 amazing events took place in Egypt. The Holy Spirit prompted the leader of the prayer movement, he was not even a pastor, to organize a joint prayer of Christians of different denominations from 6 pm to 6 am. Just a few weeks before the final decision was made, during a discussion with the bishops of the Coptic, Catholic, Lutheran and Evangelical churches about all Christians 12-hours gathering to pray for the country, about the movement of God in Egypt, they let an ad run on television. One day before the appointed date the director of one of the Christian TV channels asked the organizer of the prayer night: "How many people do you expect?". He replied: "I will be happy if 3-4 thousand people join us." His interlocutor then expressed doubt, saying: "God grant that they came, because before that there was no such experience, and no one can predict with certainty whether people will respond." More than 50 000 people arrived! Thousands of buses from all over the country. People came together to pray. About two o'clock in the morning people in the audience unexpectedly and spontaneously started shouting: "Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!". For a few minutes, 50,000 people chanted the name of the Savior – the presence of God was incredible! After this, the feud between denominations in Egypt ceased. Christians fell in love with God's Word – they began to read Scripture every day. People read the Bible from beginning to end several times a year, and this movement continues to this day.

"We are on the verge of one of the largest prayer movements ..."

– What is the significance of the IHOP-Siberia conference for Russia?

– Any awakening in history had prerequisites. One of the most important factors in the awakening has always been prayer. Studying the awakenings of the past, we will notice that every movement of God, a change in culture, the outpouring of God's Spirit on earth was preceded by prayer. I deeply believe that we are on the verge of one of the largest prayer movements, and the changes will, in my opinion, be obvious to the whole world. Today, the Spirit of God through Bob Jones and other prophets announces that the last awakening before the coming of the Lord will come through the Russian-speaking world, through the Slavic people. When the fire of thirst for God's presence, the prayer fire will flare up in Russia, among the Slavic people, it will sweep the whole world. These are the prerequisites for awakening, but in order for the Spirit of God to be to poured out, the Russian church must light the torch of prayer.

– Christians of Russia have always been in prayer. How should this prayer movement differ?

– Of course, we prayed when there were persecutions, but these were different prayers. We are talking about prayers of intercession, worship, contemplation on the beauty of God. This is a different nature of prayers – we are not looking for "Give me" or "Answer my need." On the contrary, we are looking for "How to serve You, Lord?", "We magnify You!". When the focus of our prayer shifts from ourselves to our Lord, this will be the starting point of the awakening that will change our country, the people, the whole world.

"This is a small turn, which opens a wide road leading to the awakening of our nation..."

– In our country there are many events, many conferences. Why should I postpone everything and come the IHOP-Siberia Conference?

– This is not a regular conference. To make this event possible, people prayed for decades, searched for ways to bring this fire and this revelation to our country. We believe that this is the door that opens today. This is not just another conference, it is the birth of a prayer movement in the Slavic world. I know from the Lord that this is the beginning. It's a small match that will ignite a big flame; a small lump of snow that will cause an avalanche; this is a small turn, which a opens a wide road, leading to God's movement and the awakening of our nation. The IHOP–Siberia Conference will be held in Novosibirsk from 28 to 30 of March 2018. One of the leaders of IHOP KC movement John Chisholm, as well as youth pastor and director of the school of service "Forerunner" David Slicer will be speakers of the Conference.

The site of the event: www.ihopnsk.ru

Sergei Mityanin

ADLER (RUSSIA) – Another interdenominational fasting for Russia organized by the “Unity” movement took place in Adler on January 4th through 6th. 300 ministers and members of churches affiliating the largest Pentecostal Associations: The Russian church of Christians of Evangelical Faith and The Russian Associated Union of Christians of Evangelical Faith (Pentecostals), and also representatives of other protestant associations gathered for prayer and fast and fellowship.

Participants from fifty churches from 34 cities and towns of the southern part of Russia took part in the event. During three days Christians were fasting, praying for Russia, listening to the sermons and fellowshipping. One of the largest groups was from the city of Rostov-On-Don and the area. Representatives of Rostov’s Christ the Savior Church were active participants of the fasting, were preaching, ministering by their musical and dancing talents.

– For many years we’ve been supporting the “Unity” movement projects and personally interacting with the founder, Rafael Gurdzybaev, – says the head of the family ministry department of the Russian church of Christians of Evangelical faith, bishop, senior pastor of the Christ the Savior Church Vladimir Khvalov. – I’m happy that this year about 60 people from our church and other churches of Rostov and the area were able to take part in the fasting. Also about 50 people were fasting at the same time at our church in Rostov. This is a good beginning of the new year, and we believe that the Lord with answer our prayers in some special way.

Media ministry of the Christ the Savior Church, Rostov-On-Don – www.hristos.ru

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BARNAUL )RUSSIA) – In one of the towns in Altai region we have been teaching, talking and sharing, being led by the Holy Spirit, we were praying and fasting. We can see the changes. To one of the homes that used to be a nasty place, God’s order came. Here’s the story.

Mother Evgeniya, is disabled from childhood, receives two welfares from the government for herself and her son Maxim of 12 years old. Her sister Irina was taking almost all their money and would buy alcohol to then drink it at their house with her friends. Up to 10 people would come to the house every day. Because of that the boy is mentally disturbed and he needs private tuition. Another man, Dennis, 30 years old, an alcoholic too, his mother and step-father also lived at the same house.

We preached to them, many of them repented. Now Dennis is in a rehab center. His mother has repented and thanks God for answering her prayers and for her son having a desire to change his life. His step-father is still contemplating. Every time we come back we see the changes. They’re expecting us, it is clean in the house, they’re all sober.

Evgeniya took her credit cards back from her sister. Maxim is allowed to come to class for the lessons. We brought him clothes, footwear, school supplies, he was happy and his mother too. Irina, who used to live off her sister’s welfare, is looking for a full-time job and is now working part-time nursing some old lady.

We kept praying for Maxim that God would give him a chance to go to some health centre or a boarding school, because he still needs some special care. And God answered: now Maxim is at a boarding-school for three months and he really likes it there. His mother Evgeniya repented and gladly communicates with other Christians.

There’s a place at the town where new converts come for fellowship, prayer and Bible studies. Sergei and Galina’s family opened their home for the meetings. Sergei began to tell people he knew who drink alcohol, about God and that there’s a way out, his desire is to help them and introduce them to Christ. God answers our and their prayers.

Tatiana Ivanovna, one of the new converts has a son, Yura, he is confined to bed for four years, one side of his body is paralyzed. His wife Svetlana nurses him. It was God’s will that we went to see them. Svetlana welcomed us warmly. Yuri at first was very upset and said he didn’t believe in God. That didn’t stop us. We began to share about Jesus and a gift of salvation. The whole family repented and they invited us to come back.

Changes come to other homes too.

Team of the Light of Revival Church, Barnaul

Denis and his mother
Denis and his mother

BARNAUL (RUSSIA) – We met grandmother Tanya, as she introduced herself, in the village of Sokharevo in Kosikhinski district of Altai region. The village looked weird: it seemed there’re no streets and the houses were grouped in small groups in some distance from each another. They didn’t even have a food store, not to mention a hospital or a school – there’re no kids in the village anyway. Half of the houses were abandoned, and in the rest of them elderly lonely people lived.

Grandma Tanya is 85. She lives with her husband Alexei. He had a blood-stroke and hardly walks and talks. Grandma Tanya has to take care of the household, garden and also takes care for her husband. Sometimes a nurse from a nearby town comes to see them. Grandma Tanya has children, but unfortunately they do not help in any way. Grandma Tanya shared her hard life story for a long time. When she finished, she let us pray for her husband. Though at first she said no, she felt uncomfortable, but we insisted, and she agreed. Of course we were ready to see tough conditions of people sufferings from disease, but the reality was far worse than we expected. It was hard to imagine, how it was even possible to live in such conditions. What makes someone live like this – helplessness, hopelessness, despair, alcoholism?

Alexei could hardly talk, but he agreed with us in sinners’ prayer, and then grandmother Tanya invited Jesus into her heart as well. With tears in their eyes they listened to a story how Jesus died for their sins, and through their faith they received His gift of salvation.

We were leaving Sokharevo with mixed emotions: we didn’t feel the joy we usually have after the outreach. The village left an uneasy impression. But at the same time we felt that we were exactly where we were supposed to be – where people needed our words of support, comfort and encouragement. We plan to visit this family again, to find out how grandma Tanya and her husband are doing.

Elena Belyakova
New Life Church team, Barnaul

KALUGA (RUSSIA) – We met many people in the town of Peremyshl, and we stay in touch with them, with some of them we became friends. One of them is Elizaveta. Our team visits her every time we come to Peremyshl, invites her to church, however she always finds a reason not to come. But our last meeting was unusual. Elizaveta shared her trials with her son, who left his family and children.

It was a nice, sunny day. We sat on a bench near Elizaveta’s house and had a leisurely talk. We shared testimonies about how God changed us. Elizaveta asked us to pray for her son: “I believe that God is able to change the situation”, and then she made a decision to ask God to forgive her sins. Her words and intentions were so sincere she couldn’t help crying. The weather was sunny, and then suddenly a sunshower started. And the woman, all in tears, smiled: “Heaven rejoice with me!”

Our second meeting that day was with our old friend Vladislav and his son. He hadn’t been willing to talk in the past but this day became special for him as well. It was Vladislav’s birthday, and we had gifts that our church had prepared for people we met. It was evident that the man was happy with such an occasion. We believe that God prepares people’s hearts, and our meetings are not in vain!

Denis Nefedkin
Grace Church team, Kaluga

ROSTOV-ON-DON (RUSSIA) – On January 27, the sixth meeting of Christians who wanted to find a couple took place in the Christ the Savior Church of Rostov-on-Don.

The event traditionally began with songs of worship. Then there were games and contests in order to break ice and make friends.

Pastor of the Church of Christ the Savior Viktor Shvedov, who together with his wife conducts courses of pre-marital counseling, reminded the participants what they should pay special attention to, while building relationships with the opposite sex. In particular, he touched on the topic of health, as one of the important spheres of married life.

«If you have a serious illness, especially sexually transmitted diseases, you should tell your fiancé or bride about it before the wedding. Also, if you suffer, for example, a cardiovascular disease that can significantly affect life expectancy, you should also talk about it. Your companion of life has the right to know what to expect by marrying and giving birth to children» – the pastor said.

In addition, the ьштшыеук reminded all participants of the meeting about the importance of sexual purity of pre-marital relations and urged men and women not to forget about this.

After the spiritual part, a reception was held, at which the participants of the event could get to know each other better and communicate in an informal atmosphere.
Administrator Margarita Kornienko proposed to hold the next meeting in February in an unusual place, for example, in anti-cafe.

Media ministry of the Church of Christ the Savior, Rostov-on-Don – www.hristos.ru

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) – During New Year holidays, on January 3rd through 6th, a long-awaited youth conference LIVE took place in Perm. More than 700 young people from 80 cities and towns of our country came to the conference with a single purpose – to get closer to God and obtain a new direction for their lives.

Among speakers were such preachers as Anatoliy Moklyak, pastor of the Harvest Church (Kostanai, Kazakhstan), Viktor Lavrinenko, youth pastor of the Church of XXI Century (Saint-Petersburg), Alexander Khudyakov, head of youth ministry department of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith, youth pastor of the New Testament Church (Perm), David Grabovenko (coordinator for the Youth One Year for Jesus project (Perm).

All days of the conference were special for the youth, who came to spiritually grow and adopt experience from the older generation. Worship music, vocal, financial awareness, motivation, missions, premarital relationships were the topics of workshops at the conference. A discrete role was designated to the international mission talk show, where young people, who just came back from mission trips, were sharing their experience and inspiring others to join them to “go to the end of the Earth”. The sermons of the preachers started differently, but all of them ended with the same message to the youth – be quick to find out your calling and bring to life God’s dream. The final point of the conference was a talk show with pastors of Perm New Testament Church Edward Grabovenko, Pavel Khuda and Alexander Khudyakov, where they shared stories of their lives and gave comprehensive answers to the youth’s questions.

The “Oh, my God” talent show has become an integral part of LIVE conference, providing opportunities to the participants to spend the leisure time profitably and praise God by their talents.

Many participants of the conference shared that they experienced special God’s presence and the touch of the Holy Spirit. 

Irina Kazakova, Izhevsk: “Cool conference: some great preparation is at once apparent both in prayer and in organization, and an amazing family feeling! I wish the sermons would never end”.

Ksenia Redkina, Kirov: “Every time I come to LIVE Conference, I receive something new, I cheer up with the positive and receive a boost for further development. Thanks to this conference I begin to make decisions to grow spiritually and change the living principles. And when I see other guys in the ministry, I feel a great desire to help my church and develop the gifts that God has given me”.

Maxim Nikandrov, Blagoveschensk: “LIVE 2018 – is a meeting with old friends who work in different cities and towns of our country and a chance to meet new people. It’s a quality but at the same time very simple word from trustworthy and respectful ministers. It’s a family time”.

Photos of the Conference https://vk.com/liventc

LIVE Christian Youth Movement
The New Testament Church
Perm, Russia

 

 

 

 

Sergey is a man devoted to God, his life is full of joy and purpose. But it hasn’t always been like this. In his youth, Sergey used to be a rebel. He always resisted the social rules and tried to find some special purpose in life. When he was 16, he left his parents’ home. “That was the first mistake I’d made in life and as a result all I was left with were pain and loneliness,” says Sergey.

The Tkachenkos is a large family – loving parents Sergey and Nadezhda, three sons and a daughter. But it wasn’t always so.  In 1991, Sergey went to the US and soon the whole family decided to immigrate there but the plans as well as some other things were doomed to fail. Having left for America for a couple of months, Sergey stayed there for several years. Nadezhda and the children were waiting for him in Russia. So, the family split up in such a simple and stupid way.

Once God told His people: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)