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Updates by Igor Sokolov

17 February 2017 No Comment

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 short-term mission trips to Kenya. As well, our local outreach is flourishing as teams from our church go to places where the city’s homeless are to serve hot meals and show them God’s love.

In addition, we have held three, 12-week long evangelistic courses (Alfa-course). After each course, a number of participants accept Jesus.

One of the significant, practical lessons we learned last year is the pursuit of clarity and simplicity. When we are clear about what is it we are trying to do, things operate more smoothly. Everything is easier when there is clarity about who we are and what we are about. It is easier to communicate with people and explain who we are. This approach enabled us to finally say no to things that had to go. New levels of clarity and simplicity in the ministry made us stronger and more flexible to adapt and change.

A big dream and a rather ambitious project for this year is to be able to launch another campus on the other side of the city. To do so, we created a launch team of 20 people and are training them in Bible classes. We are praying, also, about where specifically we should start this new campus. We are striving to start strong with this core group, and we want to equip them with an executive-pastor/administrator, a praise and worship team, and a children’s ministry team.

Also, in light of the political changes and restrictions of religious freedom, we are working to register a union of churches who are already in relationship. We believe this will provide a measure of protection going forward.

Thank you for your support and please continue praying that we will be able to proclaim the gospel and plant new churches.

 

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