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[14 Sep 2015 | No Comment | ]
Thoughts from Pastor Vitaly  Maksimuk

Recently, I had a long phone conversation with pastor Vitaly Maksimuk our partner and friend. He is a pastor in Siberia and also he plants churches all over the former Soviet Union and beyond. Vitaly shared that they recently ordained 12 new pastors to plant churches. Pairs of them were sent to six different places in Siberia to plant churches. They are praying for the Lord to raise up four more.
Another big step for the church is the purchase of land that will finally allow them to build their own church building. For over two decades they have been renting different venues. …

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[30 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]
The Role of Russian Church in The End Times by Denis Kozlov

Many are fascinated by the end-time events characterized in scripture. There are various teachings and beliefs concerning the different roles countries and nations will play as these events unfold. Politically and militarily, Russia is usually portrayed as the big, bad guy in most scenarios, and in no way would I argue against those beliefs. In fact, I see a great deal of darkness in the political realms of today’s Russia, But allow me to bring some balance by pointing out some things that many might not readily consider.
Before you continue reading, I would like to …

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[20 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]
Crisis in Russia: Great Time To Do Good by Denis Kozlov

The nation of Russia is currently experiencing economic, social, and political challenges. Yet, it may be the best time for mission work and church planting in Russia since the early 1990s. I will explain further, but, before I do, I would like to invite you to support the work of RRR financially.  Please know that I am not merely asking that you meet a need, rather, I am inviting you to be part of actualizing the Great Commission in Russia. This commission requires both people who, like Isaiah, say “here I …

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[15 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]
Coming Full Circle – Russian Pastors Going into All The World by Pastor Rick Ives

As we say in Russia, I GREET YOU WITH THE NEW YEAR (S’novum godum)! I hope that 2015 will be the most blessed year of your life, so far. With Christ, the best is always yet to come! I would like to start RRR’s year by thanking you for all you do with prayers, encouragement, and finances to help make this ministry possible in Russia – the world’s greatest missions field!
God first called Heather and I to Russia in November of 1991 – so 2015 marks our 25th year of working …

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[27 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]
Joy in Volosovo  by Denis Kozlov

I was recently invited to minister at a small, young church outside of Saint Petersburg in a town called Volosovo, which holds a population of just 12,000.  This particular church could rightfully be considered a grandchild of Russians Reaching Russians (RRR) because RRR founder,  Rick Ives, trained a couple(Sergei and Nadia Stagneyev)  way back in the early 1990s, and they trained and planted this church just as they were taught.
Today, there are 50 believers that assemble together to pray, worship and hear from the Word of God. and they invited …

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[25 Jan 2014 | No Comment | ]
Branching Out and Angel Christmas Tree

Branching Out by Denis Kozlov

Last May, I organized a seminar for Russian leaders working with prisons. After the seminar, one of the attendees invited me to his town near Moscow to minister and train leaders. That trip itself was refreshing. It felt like I was back in early 1990s when revival swept through many Russian cities. This church I worked with was amazing, too. They have over 3,000 members, five services each Sunday, thirty pastoral staff, 300 small groups and powerful, gifted  worship teams.
But, in spite of all of the …

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[17 Dec 2013 | No Comment | ]
Retrospective By Pastor Rick Ketterling

My recollections and impressions of Russia 19 years ago hinged on the Berlin wall tumbling down.  At the time, there was uncertainty, excitement and a palpable fear. The reality that they were no longer under a dictator’s rule and were, ostensibly, free, were utterly foreign to a people told all their lives what to do, where to stand, and how to live. The Russians had to reinvent themselves not knowing how, but they did.
When the Ives went to Russia in the early 1990s, they began to fill the vacuum of …

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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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[15 Mar 2013 | No Comment | ]
A testimony

I had a very touching experience recently while accompanying a group of Americans to a Russian church. We were seated with the senior pastor, Vladimir Osipov. Pastor Vladimir was happy to see an elderly gentleman approaching us, whom, we were told, was a very special brother. “My name is Anatoly.” he smiled. “I am blessed by our Lord Jesus Christ, and I am very grateful for my pastor.”
Pastor Vladimir returned the smile, treating him with great respect. When brother Anatoly learned that there were Americans with us, …