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Brief Update by Denis Kozlov

29 May 2013 No Comment

left to right: Doug Carson, Dave Rizenthaler and Vladimir Osipov

In January we had a small team of ministers from the US coming to Russia and holding two seminars on practical biblical discipleship and counseling in two different churches. Also, we had a strategic meetings with some of the key Christian leaders here to pray, talk and plan for a long term development of biblical counseling and discipleship center in Russia that would be able to help individuals and couples and train both laymen and ministers to equip them with the skills, principles and materials to operate effectively in counseling and discipleship ministry. There are so many people in need for such a ministry to be built and established in Russia and more and more leaders see the need in such a ministry. The Lord has connected us with a very effective ministry in the US and gave us vision to launch this center in Russia. I personaly is very passionate about this ministry because I see the need and I see the real fruit. I personally do some one on one discipleship and counseling using this ministry’s materials. Also I am couched by the author of this ministry on how to do it practically. We had a plan to have a follow uptrip to Russia in May but these ministers in the US has been severely attacked by the enemy so this trip had to be canceled. Wright now we need to see when we will be able to accomplish this. Please pray for the key people of this ministry Doug Carson from Oklahoma and Dave Ritzenthaler from Arizona. Especially for Dave who had all kind of strange health issues developing during the last trip to Russia and now doctors are still trying to figure out whether it’s safe for him to fly at all. Please pray for the restoration of the hearing ability in one of his ears that he lost during last trip. Please, pray for full restoration and for the protection from the attacks of the enemy.

Denis Kozlov with a minister and a new firnd from Israel Danny Rosen

Next big thing took place in March was a trip to Israel. it was my second trip to this amazing land of the bible. But this time it wasvery different in nature. My first time in Israel was last year and it was basically about significant biblical sites and places. It was about history and archeology and the Scripture. I was a part of a big group from Springfield, Ohio and we had a fabulous time. After the big group went back home few of us stayed and had a number of meetings with some Russian speaking leaders in Israel. Based on those meetings at the end of that trip we had a first time ever conference for Christian leaders of Israel on fundamental discipleship for new believers. it went extremely well. I translated the conference. There were people from all over Israel and the level of openness to the concept presented was amazing. Many testified at the end of the conference that that’s exactly the element that they felt was missing in their churches and is perfectly fitting to the nuances and intangibles of messianic communities in Israel. They requested a follow up conferences and trainings for  the the leaders of Russian speaking congregations in Israel. We made many new friends and we felt like home among those Christian brothers in Israel. After the team of American pastors went home to the US I stayed for another week. My wife has come to ISrael to join me and we traveled visiting some messianic friends. I was privileged to preach and minister at two different congregations in Haifa. It was so moving to bring back the encouragement of the word of God to where it originated and to minister to precious children of Abraham that believed into their true Messiah Yeshua (Jesus)! it was one of the highlights of my life. After I came back to Russia For almost a month I have seen dreams in my sleep about Israel and those precious people. Then I was privileged to introduce a jewish man of about my age to Jesus  in one of the coffee shops of St.Petersburg and he prayed to accept the Lord right there at the table. it was a wonderful experience. it is so great when God is using you to reconcile people with himself through Jesus. When you  see how his own people – jews receive him it’s a double blessing! I am praying to see if God has something specific my calling related to Jewish people. The future will unfold it but now I am praising him that he let me experience the reality of One new man where there is no more difference between a jew and a gentile in His son Jesus.

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