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Article 2010 · 29. December 2010
The Woes of Success ------------------------------------------------ Are Russian rehabilitation efforts “too successful”? M o s c o w -- When visiting Baptist, Charismatic and Pentecostal congregations in Western Siberia, one will usually see an entire row of silent men between the ages of 20 and 50 without women or children. These are ex-addicts and ex-convicts who have found (or are finding) their way to Christ. It is reported that virtually all Baptist congregations in Western Siberia...
Article 2010 · 22. December 2010
Moscow’s Russian-American Institute Confronted with Major Obstacles ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- RAI has dropped its programme of undergraduate studies M o s c o w -- The educational flagship of North American mainstream evangelicalism in Russia had landed on a sandbar and may be stranding. The heady dream of a Christian liberal-arts university initially proposed by Soviet-Russian educators visiting the US in 1990 is taking a...
Article 2010 · 27. November 2010
The Need to Coordinate Efforts --------------------------------------------------------------- The concerns of the Evangelical Alliance are alive in Kemerovo/Siberia M o s c o w – The concerns of the Evangelical Alliance have been alive in the city of Kemerovo for no less than 10 years. That’s what three representatives from the German and Russian Evangelical Alliances discovered when they visited this West Siberian coal town 3.600 km (2.218 miles) east of Moscow on 19 and 20 November. On...
Article 2010 · 16. November 2010
Unity Remains the Goal --------------------------------------------- Lutheran developments in the West of the former Soviet Union Report M o s c o w – The neediness of the “Independent Evangelical-Lutheran Church in the Republic of Belarus” was apparent at a celebratory church service in Polotsk in the north-eastern section of the country on 12 September. At the outset of Communion, Richardas Dokshas, a Lithuanian clergyman from Vilnius, explained to the three or four native pastors where...
Article 2010 · 22. October 2010
Flying in Below the Radar ------------------------------------------------- Russian Protestants and the problem of finances Commentary M o s c o w -- After a meeting with 60 youth in Moscow two years ago, John Riley, an Arizona-based worker for „Crown Financial Ministries”, concluded that the Baptist youth of Russia are also caught up in the spirit of materialism and consumerism. “All of them wanted iPhones and automobiles, all of them were after the good life demonstrated to them by the...
Article 2010 · 15. September 2010
Good News Church Attains Double Digits ------------------------------------------------------ Rick Renner still active in Moscow A Report M o s c o w -- It was a Baptist woman who first pointed me to the existence of “Rick Renner Ministries”. Six years ago, I asked her which Moscow church she would recommend to a searching young lady from a completely secular background. But I was not so reckless as to send the young woman there – I sent myself instead. My initial impression was that this...
Article 2010 · 03. September 2010
Retaining Purity of Faith ----------------------------------------------------- RUECB-President Alexey Smirnov speaks out on the past and present Report M o s c o w -- Alexey Vassilevich Smirnov, new President of the “Russian Union of Evangelical Christian-Baptists” (RUECB), grew up in a house in which the rooms kept getting bigger and bigger. Smirnov was born in 1955 – the same year his father, Vassily Yakovlevich Smirnov, built a dwelling for his wife and their seven surviving children...
Article 2010 · 18. August 2010
Brown versus Green? ------------------------------------------------------- Russian Protestant leader is embroiled in a struggle over trees and ideology Commentary M o s c o w -- On 15 July, a major Protestant-owned firm, “Teplotekhnik”, began tree clearance in Khimki Forest just outside north-central Moscow. The firm has until 1 September to cut a 43-kilometre-long, up to 100-meter-wide swath through the forest. Forty-thousand trees are to be felled; detractors claim that 90% of Khimki...
Article 2010 · 15. August 2010
Baptists are also Victims of the Present Russian Fires ---------------------------------------------------- An appeal from Voronesh region M o s c o w -- After abnormally high temperatures had ruined most of the crops, over 800 fires destroyed houses, factories and farms throughout Central and Western Russia in late July. A detailed report has reached Baptist headquarters in Moscow from the region of Voronesh, which is located 490 km southeast of the Russian capital. The local Baptist Ivan...
Article 2010 · 15. August 2010
Baptists are a Part of Russia and Ukraine --------------------------------------------------------------- In Odessa Patriarch Kirill reported on the Baptists M o s c o w -- During celebrations at the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre on 22 July, Kirill I. (Gundyayev), the “Patriarch of Moscow and All of Russia” (or Rus), devoted a full paragraph of his speech to the Baptist faith. Baptists were the only non-Orthodox Christian faith mentioned in the speech; this highly-festive occasion in...

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