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[26 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]
Belarus & First Steps  By Grant Edwards

When I first received an invitation to teach First Steps in Belarus, I thought, “Where is Belarus?”  After accepting the invitation to go to Belarus and telling people I was traveling to Belarus, I asked them, “Where is Belarus located.”  I quickly found that many Americans needed to review their geography as the answers were South Africa, Asia, next to Brazil and somewhere in Europe.
Answer: start at Russia and go east – Russia, Belarus, and then Poland.
I traveled to Belarus with my wife to teach First Steps the last week …

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[25 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]
Modern Day Book of Acts by Grant Edwards

In last month’s newsletter, we heard from Pastor Rick Ives, the founder of Russians Reaching Russians (RRR), as he shared a number of updates about his previous trip to Russia in May. This month, Pastor Grant Edwards shares some incredible stories from that same trip and they are reminiscent of the many accounts in the Book of Acts. God is a supernatural God, and we oftentimes relegate Him to logical categories that fit a materialist worldview. It is when we open our eyes and faith to God and His supernatural …

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[17 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]
Travel Journal updates from the recent trip by Rick Ives

Travel Journal updates from the recent trip
We just had a small team of three Americans return from a trip to Russia. The team consisted of Pastor Grant Edwards, Pastor Rick Ives and Rick’s wife and ministry partner Heather. It was a long, intense ministry trip with non-stop events and meetings with leaders every day for almost two weeks. Several times, Pastor Rick emailed short updates to us to let us know what’s was going on and how we could pray for them. These e-mails helped us to be in the loop and pray accordingly. Some of these e-mails are below and  I hope …

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[25 May 2017 | No Comment | ]
Restoration by Tatiana Korolkova

My name is Tatiana and I am 43. Approximately 10 years ago, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I began reading my Bible and praying and was baptized. The sad part is, by this time, my relationship with several members of my family were mostly ruined due to my alcoholism, but God began healing and restoring these relationships.
Although I was saved, I had many questions for which I could not find answers. I could not understand why Christians stressed the importance of prayer, Bible reading, and being …

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[30 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]
Update by Yan Volkov

Dear partners,
In this issue, Yan Volkov provides an overview of last year and his outlook for this year. Yan has an amazing testimony of how the Lord saved him in the early 1990s when he was a troubled young. Today, he is one of the most influential Christian ministers in Russia, operating a large prison ministry and Christian television ministry. We invested in Yan when he was just starting out, and, through our relationship, many doors are opening for RRR in Russia. I ask that you prayerfully consider donating …

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[22 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]
Reflections by Sheila Noel

When Rick and Heather Ives visited our church last May, Rick mentioned that they were headed to Russia in November. I asked for details and the rest, as they say, is history. My friend Brenda and I began our quest to go on a missions trip to Russia with the ministry of Russian Reaching Russians (RRR).
We weren’t sure what to expect. Neither of us had been on a mission trip nor had either of us been to Russia. We were excited and nervous yet confident that our Lord would use …

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[17 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]
Updates by Igor Sokolov

Last year, an anti-missionary law was passed in Russia and we are learning how to negotiate our way between proclaiming the gospel and inviting people to church. According to the new law, doing so is now illegal
One of the things we celebrate, however, is the deeper level of fellowship, partnership and coordination between the different churches in our city. We are joining forces to plan events and ministry together, and we will hold several collaborative conferences in 2017.
Mission work abroad is growing. In 2016, we sent two teams on …

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[20 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]
Remembering 2016 by Vitaly Maksimuk

I asked our partners in Russia to share their most memorable experiences over the past year, and Pastor Vitaly Maksimuk is first up. As you read, please consider a donating to RRR to help Vitaly and leaders like him to preach the gospel, raise leaders, and plant churches throughout Russia. Sincerely, Denis Kozlov.
Despite the economic downturn in Russia and the adoption of new laws restricting missionary activity, 2016 was a good year as God added to the church those being saved. We finished the year with the significant increase of …

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[21 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]
Russia Today by Grant Edwards

I have been travelling frequently to Russia since 1992 – about 25 year. I have lost count of the actual number of trips, but would estimate about 40.
I am not an expert on Russian culture, economics, or politics. But I have a lot of observational experience of the Russian Protestant Church. I just arrived back from a trip to St. Petersburg where I was involved with ministry at five different churches, taught five conferences, and had numerous appointments with Russian church leaders.
Below are some notes …
The churches around St. …

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[19 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]
I love this season in America by Denis Kozlov

Being a student of American culture, I am getting used to the rhythm of life of people living in small towns of the midwest. It seems like life is paced around big events like the Superbowl and holiday seasons.
I particularly like this season (Thanksgiving day and all the way through Christmas) for all the joyful anticipation that seems to be in the air. I like this time because for many it’s a season to reconnect with the family and people they care about. Many Christians count their blessings and express …