Praise in Russia for Antioch Initiative

Jim Harris is Senior Pastor at Heritage Bible Church.  He recently join the Board of Directors of Praise International.  For many years Jim Harris has been an integral part of Slavic Gospel Association’s Antioch Initiative.  He is responible for the Antioch Initiative’s Tambov Russia.  He is the principle Bible professor in Antioch Initiative’s Pastoral Training School.  It is because of Jim Harris’s ministry in Russia that Praise International is able to sponsor many Russian pastors.

Below is a recent letter from Russian pastor, Sergei Stepanov. Sergei is a pastor a Spring of Life Church in Tambov. He serves with Pastor Anatoly Yarmolyuk, our Praise Country Leader.  Pastor Sergei also has internet radio ministry.

Our partnership with the Antioch Initiative allows the churches and pastors in the Tambov state to be more effective in their calling, to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In most small towns and villages in the Tambov state there is not a single orthodox church, let alone an evangelical church. Young and experienced brothers learn together which allows us to receive the knowledge we need for the ministry, and also share the experience in ministry. Now we get to do not just summer camps, but also winter youth and family camps. For Christmas we get to share the Gospel with children [through Slavic Gospel Association’s Immanuel’s Child] not only at churches, but also in orphanages. I’m very thankful for your partnership and for financial support. May the Lord bless you.

~ Sergei Stepanov

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God at work in Russia

Here is a message directly from one of our Russian Regional Leader,  Anatoly Yarmolyuk.

We focus a lot on spreading the Gospel; we had five outreaches in 5 different locations (each was one week long). We went to the places that don’t have churches. 35 people came to God in the prayer of repentance. We are also involved in youth ministry. Your prayers and support help us serve for the glory of God and do not only the things I mentioned, but many others as well. May God bless you. 

~ Anatoly Yarmolyuk.

Possibly New Political Turmoil in Ivory Coast

This is a recent prayer request directly from Pastor Joseph OULAI, our Praise West Africa Director.

We thank the Lord for the relative peace we have in Cote D’Ivoire, The life is starting but the living condition is not easy now, even for our pastors. Pray for the political situation. The former president is now at the court, and the prime minister is also requested to be judged. We hear many rumors, news of fight amoung the rebel soldier called FRCI( Republican Force of Cote d’Ivoire). If the prime minister goes to court, he will denonce or expose the National President of Cote d’Ivoire, and probably some truth will come out, news that will trouble the stability of the country. Let pray that the will of God may be done and pray for the safety of God’s people.
Let ‘s also pray for Mali, so that God provide food for this year on. The lack of rain destroyed plantations and crops. They may be a need of food in few months.

God bless you as you pray for us.

~ Joseph