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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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[24 Dec 2015 | No Comment | ]
It Began With a Phone Call

We continue to celebrate 25 years in Russia as we also celebrate Christmas! In this issue you will meet Doug Carson, a Christian Businessman and entrepreneur who has been my friend since late 1991 and who has supported and been part of RRR from the beginning. Doug’s involvement has even led he and his wife, Jayn, into a significant ministry in Russia! We are asking that you prayerfully consider giving a special gift to RRR as part of your yearend giving so that more Russians will be saved, equipped, and more churches and leaders will arise. …

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[20 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]
Visit of Pastors Vitally and Nadezhda

Recently, Pastor Vitally visited Springfield, Ohio, and, although we only had a couple days together, we
bonded with him and his wife, Nadia. Their hearts were aching because of what is happening in Russia and
Ukraine, but, at the same time, they were joy-filled because they know the truth of the Gospel.
They shared childhood stories about the persecution their parents suffered under the Soviet Union, and
Nadia, with the tears in her eyes shared how, as a child, she was taken away from her family because they
were Christians and about her father’s many …

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[5 Nov 2013 | No Comment | ]
Preaching The Gospel on The Radio by Denis Kozlov

Some of you know that besides many other things I am involved I have been involved into Christian Radio ministry.  In 2003, right after I graduated from  a seminary I have been invited to join one of the prominent  Christian radio stations in Russia called “Teos” (Greek word for “The Lord” transliterated into Russian). So it’s been 10 years since I have been involved with this radio work. Over these years I have been doing all kids of radio shows and programs. The great thing about that particular radio station …

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[16 Sep 2013 | No Comment | ]
Raising Up a Leader by Denis Kozlov

I recently shared a story of Pastor Sergei Stagneev, a pastor who showed little promise of being an effective  leader at the beginning of his ministry.  This story about Pastor Dmitry (Dima) has similarities.  He reminds me of Sergei because few had faith in him and there was a lot working against him.
Even Dima lacked faith in himself. He grew up in the northern parts of Russia known for Soviet-era GULAGs and labor camps.  In his early twenties, he became addicted to drugs, taking them daily for six years, and …

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[14 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]
A Divine Object Lesson by Denis Kozlov

Pastor Sergei Stagneyev recently invited to preach at his church in Gatchina, which is an historical town on the outskirts of Saint Petersburg, and I feel compelled to share how this church was a divine object lesson.
I first met Sergei when he was finishing his ministry training pastors’ with Rick Ives. That day, Rick needed to administer exams for two students, and he asked me to translate for him. One of those two students was Sergei. The exam called for a sermon that included an object lesson. …

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[30 Jul 2013 | No Comment | ]
God’s favor in the midst of troubles (by Denis Kozlov)

Igor Sokolov is one of our key leaders and pastors in Russia and is well known in our Christian circles as a good teacher. He is also one of the official representatives of John Maxwell in Russia, and was instrumental in introducing the concept of cell-based churches in late 1990s.
About ten years ago, Igor had a vision to start a Christian school where children are taught math and science while being immersed in a wholesome atmosphere created by Christian teachers. As well, the curriculum was designed to nurture …

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[1 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
A Mission Trip a Year Keeps the Spiritual Chill Away! by Grant Edwards

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.  This could be true but I know what has revitalized my spiritual life more than anything else—going on a mission’s trip at least once a year since 1992.
This year I celebrate my 40th anniversary as a Pastor at Fellowship Christian Church. And, not only have I been a pastor for 40 years, but I have been a pastor at the same church for those 40 years.  Many have asked, “How do you survive in one place as a pastor for 40 years?”  …

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[29 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]
Blood circulation in the Body of Christ

How do you know a healthy church? The healthy church is the one that is going! Just like a blood flows freely in a healthy body and nourishes and strengthens it. Willingness to go and make disciples is the very blood flow in the body of Christ. If we look at Jesus we see the same recurring pattern: Over and over we see him going to people and ministering to them. Then we see him withdrawing from people and going to the Father and spending time with the Farther. …

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[26 Feb 2011 | One Comment | ]
Today’s “Barnabas” (by Denis Kozlov)

Every spring and fall, I fly to the other side of the globe for a few weeks. This has become a very special time for me – both spiritually and mentally. When I go to the United States I have a two goals: 1) to keep the connection between Russian and American churches alive by sharing at and updating partner churches, and 2) to find new churches and individuals interested in connecting with this mission field. Both goals are challenging and rewarding at the same time. Both make me leave …