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Mission Crystal – 2021

Participants come here as volunteers but become missionaries. Every year, young people gather in Crystal center to make this place better and more convenient, mainly for people with special needs who regularly come to Crystal for summer camps. During a week, the guys work together to help put things in order and renovate the dilapidated premises and the territory of the center. Sometimes these are physically difficult or new tasks for them. But the main work takes place invisibly in…

Mission Crystal – 2021

Participants come here as volunteers but become missionaries. Every year, young people gather in Crystal center to make this place better and more convenient, mainly for people with special needs who regularly come to Crystal for summer camps. During a week, the guys work together to help put things in order and renovate the dilapidated premises and the territory of the center. Sometimes these are physically difficult or new tasks for them. But the main work takes place invisibly in…

Love as life

The camp “Bethel” 2021, which has been held for 10 days in the center “Crystal”, has just finished. The camp for people with special needs. Sometimes very special. For example, Pasha Kustov, a wheelchair-bound invalid: although he has learned to easily handle a stroller, he cannot eat himself. He has great difficulties with speech. Without his mother, his stay here would have been very difficult. Zhenya Borodin, our poet, is also in a wheelchair. After the death of his mother,…

Fraternal Methodist Forum – 2021

July 6-10, 2021. 20 brothers, 4 catamarans, 4 days in the open air and 30 kilometers along the Ai River in the Chelyabinsk region. Having overcome the joint path, the participants of the Fraternal Methodist Forum share their impressions: “The idea of the forum this year is to find a balance between physical and spiritual vigor.On the one hand, there is constant intensive physical work: early wake up, packing catamarans, setting up a camp, rafting on the river, cooking, building…

Creation of the World

Last week, the inclusive studio “Source of Inspiration” for the first time performed a solo large-scale light show, which has no analogues in Vladikavkaz. It was attended by children who study in the studio, as well as famous Ossetian vocalists, invited guests and volunteers. The show had the symbolic title “Creation of the World”. In the modern world where time is becoming a key factor in the human society, the constant shortage of which is felt very acutely: people are…

European Central Conferences Plan for a New Future

The three European Central Conferences of The United Methodist Church covering 32 countries and 10 time-zones are making plans for the future.It may include separation, re-organization and the re-drawing of the United Methodist map of Europe.  As the church at its upcoming General Conference in late summer of 2022 will consider plans that open the door for central conferences, annual conferences and local churches to leave the denomination to form or to unite with a new Methodist denomination, the four bishops Eduard…

When love reaches hearts

Camp Crystal 2020 If you have not been there in the summer – the summer was wasted. Many who came to Crystal on a mission, to serve people with special needs, or just to relax think this way: “My little dream to see fireflies has come true here . Do you know that if you walk along the path from the main building to the gate in the evening, you can see bright green lights in the grass? – We…

Adaptation, Future and Hope

Part 1 Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. The topic for today is “Adaptation, Future and Hope”. I would like to meditate on the well-known Bible story and to apply it to the pandemic situation we are facing. Just in the beginning of March I was on a business trip in a foreign country and could not even think that it would have been my last business trip before the long period of staying home, the period…

Students Invest in the Seminary

This fall, the members of the Board of Trustees were pleasantly surprised that last year the amount of offerings for the seminary collected by students exceeded for the first time the amount of offerings from local churches of the UMC in Eurasia. This shows that, despite what is happening in the country, in the world, and in the global United Methodist Church, seminary students want to invest their own money in the seminary’s future. This testimony is also an invitation…

Academy 2019

On August 22-28, 2019, the fifth Academy of Spiritual Formation of the United Methodist Church in Eurasia was held at the Solnechnye Karpaty boarding house. The topic was “The Time of Grace”. The place for the Academy was unique. The very nature of Transcarpathia is an expression of the Grace of God’s creation, and a cozy boarding house with single occupancy, harmonious landscape design filled with this gift of God. The schedule was so balanced that the participants of the…

What is the use of open doors if there are no eyes and hearts to perceive them?

Among the 23 local churches of the UMC in Czechia, there is also a Russian-speaking church. What does it mean for its pastor to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world? His great-grandfather was persecuted for his faith in God, accused of being an enemy of the people, sentenced to death on Stalin’s orders and executed by firing squad in 1937. His grandfather, also a Christian and evangelist, was killed in the Second World War. His…