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UMC EURASIA SEMINAR ON THE PREVENTION OF DEPENDENCE “LIVE FREELY!”

Scripture says, ‘Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’ (John 8:32, NIV). Sometimes we need a slightest understanding of who we are or the world around us – and it suddenly makes all the difference. We start to understand ourselves better, as well as other people and God. Discovering small truths. That’s exactly what happened at the leaders’ training for Eurasia UMC ministers in the field of substance abuse prevention and treatment (November 23-26th,…

SEPTEMBER 14-16 THE EUROPEAN METHODIST COUNCIL MET IN RUSE, BULGARIA

Participants of the meeting were representatives from different European countries where there are Methodist Churches – Church ministers, leaders and bishops. Every year meetings take place in different countries. In 2015 beautiful Bulgaria was chosen as a meeting place for the Council. As usual each delegate shared about the life of his/her country and how the Methodist Church is carrying out its ministry and spreading the Gospel, what challenges, joys, plans and hopes they have for the future. The participants…

CHRISTIAN CAMP “WHAT’S UP?” FOR UKRAINIAN UMC YOUTH

Thanks to God, by His mercy, already for 4th year we were able to have youth camp for the youth and young adults from Ukraine and Moldova. Every year we do all possible to find resources for the camp, to make participation in the camp affordable for everyone. Everybody, including organization team and leaders, pay their contribution, all leaders serve at the camp as volunteers. During camp planning team do their best to pay major attention to the spiritual sphere…

RENOVATING RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

This summer in the Pilgrimage Center “Crystal” (Voronezh) a new program “Academy for Spiritual Formation” has started. 40 participants, two leading speakers and the organizing team (11 people) have witnessed a wonderful God’s work, the one that is renewing, encouraging, strengthening and granting each person an opportunity to perceive the power of His never-ending love. Academy for Spiritual Formation program exists for more than 40 years and is held in different countries, effectively assisting pastors, lay people and other church…

FAMILY FESTIVAL OF UMC IN EURASIA “SAMARA-2015”

Family Festival of UMC in Eurasia took place in Samara from 27 to 31 of July 2015. Sixty participants from the churches of Samara, Ulyanovsk, Satka, Novokujbyshevsk and Kurgan attended lectures of a family psychologist, took part in worship services, competed in games and sport activities. We would like to thank the organization team from Samara UMC and especially Volga District superintendent Natalia Prokhorova! The Vononovs family: “But if someone does not provide for his own, especially his own family,…

ONE KOREA

A delegation of the National Council of Churches of the Republic of Korea visitedMoscow on June 25, 2019 Our brothers and sisters from Korea representedvarious Christian churches. They invited us to join them in prayer for theunification of Korea, to work together for organizing humanitarian aid to thepeople of North Korea and lifting the sanctions.The meeting was hosted by the Associated Russian Union of Christians ofEvangelical Faith. (Photo by the media-service of the Union). Representatives of our Protestant community expressed…

MIRACLE OF CHRISTMAS

Miracle of Christmas The birth of baby Jesus was surrounded with many miracles. Virgin Mary conceived from the Holy Spirit – it is a miracle. Angel appeared to Joseph – it is a miracle. The prophecy from the Old Testament was fulfilled – it was also a miracle. ‘Look! A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, And they will call him, Emmanuel which means “God with us.”’ (Matthew 1:23) The name of the baby boy was…

AND SUDDENLY, THE DOOR WAS OPEN…

by: Urs Schweizer MAY 17, 2019 Student Ministry in Pleven, Bulgaria Pleven is the seventh most populous city of Bulgaria with approximately 100.000 inhabitants. It is not only the biggest economic center in Northwestern Bulgaria, but also home of a major Medical University with more than 1.000 students and academic employees. How can United Methodists reach out to these students if Bulgarian law does not make this easy at all? In 1916, despite very difficult circumstances, a United Methodist church…

NO FEAR TO SAY YES TO GOD!

20 MAR 2019 It’s crucial to realize how important it is to find time for the talk with God within your daily hussy routine. It’s vital to know that we need this time, our relationship with Jesus, on a regular basis, not only in relate to some spiritual events…. In the end of January, 2019, a youth event “God’s calling” took place in the suburbs of Saint Petersburg. The event initiated by the United Methodist Church in Eurasia was held…

RESPECT AND TRUST AMONG EUROPEAN DELEGATES IN SPITE OF DIFFERENCES.

by: Christian Alsted 18 JAN 2019 Story from pre-General Conference gathering of European and Eurasian delegates in Braunfels, Germany 11-13 January 2019 It is no secret that there are different understandings of human sexuality, and of what the best way forward is, among the 40 delegates from Europe and Eurasia. This was quite clear when the delegates met in January in Braunfels, Germany for three days of worship, prayer, conversation, reflection and fellowship. The purpose of the gathering was to…

VLADIVOSTOK, RUSSIA HOSTS SOCIAL PRINCIPLES TRAINING

by: Clayton Childers 11 DEC 2018 Seventeen Russian pastors and church leaders, (3 men and 14 women), gathered on October 15-20 near the city of Vladivostok for a five-day training on the United Methodist Social Principles. Rev. Andrei Kim, DIstrict Superintendent for the (Eurasian) Far East District, said: “This is our first opportunity to host a Social Principles training in the Far East of Russia. Travel is always a challenge in our district; the district covers three zones. A number…

ONE PARTICIPANT’S EXPERIENCE

by: Elvira Solnechnaya 21 Sep 2018 The Christian Conference on Discipleship and Covenant Groups that took place in June of this year in the hamlet of Oktyabrskiy near Moscow was the second such conference. The previous conference took place last summer. This Conference was designed for Christians who were already “on fire,” for seekers, for those who were not satisfied with their current spiritual lives, for those who wanted to grow as people, for those who wanted to know the…