Articles 2019

Articles 2019 · 07. December 2019
Christ’s Heavenly Kingdom is the Issue ------------------------------------------------------------------- Transitioning Chinese Christians from Religion to Faith By Ling Fenglei, a lawyer in Shanghai region Editor’s note: Born in 1970, Ling Fenglei received a law degree from “Suzhou University Law School” (near Shanghai) in 1992. Five years later, he became a Christian and helped found an evangelical group in Suzhou, the “Jiangnan Fellowship”, in 2009. In 2018 he became editor of a...
Articles 2019 · 06. December 2019
Life on the Edge of the Baptist Umbrella ---------------------------------------------------------- A One-Time Exception is Becoming the Rule M o s c o w -- A significant exodus from Russia’s Baptist Union (RUECB) has been in process every since the rule of Mikhail Gorbachev. Membership has dropped from over a million to roughly 70.000 – due though in part to the creation of national churches following the breakup of the USSR. But this has also been accompanied by a movement toward the...
Articles 2019 · 05. December 2019
Russia’s Evangelical Alliance is Back on the Public Stage ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Inter-Denominational Contacts are on the Increase M o s c o w -- Good things are happening for interconfessional relationships in Russia. For the first time in four years, representatives of all of Russia’s leading evangelical denominations attended a session of the Moscow-based “Advisory Council for the Heads of the Protestant Churches of Russia” on 23...
Articles 2019 · 04. December 2019
Is the New Ukrainian President a Cause for Hope? --------------------------------------------------------------- Evangelicals are Divided on Zelensky M o s c o w -- Since the inauguration of the youthful Volodymyr Zelensky as Ukraine´s president on 20 May, the icy relationship between the evangelicals of Russia and Ukraine is melting slightly at the edges. In a significant breakthrough, Sergey Ryakhovsky, head bishop of Russia’s “Associated Russian Union of Christians of...
Articles 2019 · 03. December 2019
Not as Bad as One Would Think ------------------------------------------------------------------ Lutheran life following the emigration of its „glue“ Report V i t y a s / F a r E a s t – The restrictive Yarovaya-Laws of 2016 are not the problem, assures Vladimir Vinogradov, Dean (Propst) of the Omsk-based “Evangelical-Lutheran Church in the Urals, Siberia and the Far East” (ELCUSFE). Responsible for the Siberian portion of the church, he sees a major problem in the fact that his...
Articles 2019 · 01. September 2019
An der Qualität mangelt es noch ------------------------------------------------- Beobachtungen nach einem Besuch in China Kommentar L a d u s c h k i n – Das kirchliche Leben Chinas erschien völlig sorglos, als ich am 14. Juli die “Shanghai Community Church” im Westen der Stadt aufsuchte. Diese einst anglikanische Gemeinde bietet an Sonntagen vier Gottesdienste, entweder in Chinesisch oder Englisch, an. Die gesamte Besucherzahl an dem Tage erreichte fast 3.000; 40 bis 50 Nationen,...
Articles 2019 · 01. September 2019
Having Friends on Both Sides --------------------------------------------- Soft Diplomacy in Korea L a d u s h k i n -- A photo on the webpage of “Mennonite Central Committee” (MCC) from the summer of 2018 shows a thin, Asian gentleman sitting on a tractor in Manitoba/Canada. The gent happens to be Ri Yong Phil, North Korea’s (DPRK) ambassador to the United Nations. His visit and the visit of a delegation of agricultural experts to Canada at the same time are fruits of the Mennonite...
Articles 2019 · 09. April 2019
Surviving Past – and Future - Blockades -------------------------------------------------------------- A Russian Prayer Breakfast met in St. Petersburg M o s c o w – On 12 March, the St. Petersburg branch of Russia‘s Prayer Breakfast movement celebrated its tenth anniversary. The topic was the German blockade of WW II., and elderly guests told emotional stories about their efforts to survive and the need for current solidarity. Moscow‘s Vitaly Vlasenko, an ambassador to the Orthodox for...
Articles 2019 · 09. April 2019
A Bridgebuilder between East and West --------------------------------------------------- Siegfried Springer has died B e r l i n – On 16 February, Bishop Siegfried Springer passed away shortly before his 89th birthday. Am memorial service was held in his hometown, Bad Sooden-Allendorf/Hesse, on 9 March. Born in the Caucasus city of Mineralnie Vody/USSR in 1930, he needed to come to terms with the execution of his father and a grandfather seven years later. His ethnic German family lived in...
Articles 2019 · 09. April 2019
Seminary Suspensions in Russia ------------------------------------------------- Moscow‘s Baptist seminary is back in operation M o s c o w – As of 1 April, the Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists´ (RUECB) flagship „Moscow Theological Seminary“, is again up-and-running. For roughly the last 18 months, Protestant institutions of learning have been under considerable state pressure in Russia. Beginning last November, seminaries have been closed, usually for 60-day periods....

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