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True Faith

Faith untried may be true faith, but it is sure to be little faith, and it is likely to remain dwarfish so long as it is without trials. (Spurgeon)

I have been walking with Christ more than 20 years now. Sometimes people want to believe that the more experienced you get, the easier it is to overcome trials and difficulties of life. Some even want to believe that you have less trials, the more you walk with Christ.

Paul's life is the example of the opposite. But what matters is how we react to trials and testings. Are we going to be shaken? Are we going to fall, crawl away and hide? Are we going to become ineffective?

Paul reacted: "But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God." (Acts 20:24)

As the past year was tough for us, we are striving to not allow anything move us, but draw us closer to Jesus and make us stronger. There's a fight to engage in. There's a race to finish.

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We haven't sent out newsletters in a while. But we know that you still remember us in prayers. We appreciate it so very much.
Let me share about two main things that you could pray about.

Camps and Follow-Ups

As you know we do a lot of camps and follow-ups with the kids throughout the year.

Two weeks ago we invited our campers to a party. It went great. The best part was that some parents showed up as well (mostly non-believers). They sat through the whole program that included worship songs and a small sermon. Please pray that the seed that was planted bring forth good fruit.

There's another hitch we have to face. The government made laws about camps much stricter this year. The implications of the law may be tough: either no more camps, huge fines or learning how to do it under the new regulations. We choose the third option. But we need a lot of wisdom. These laws are primarily going to affect Christian camps, because usually we organize them not through some official institution (expensive), but ourselves.

Please pray we find ways to continue this wonderful ministry.
 
Youth Conference 2020

Now we're preparing to hold another big conference for young Christians (though we invited a few non-believers as well). It takes a lot of effort. The enemy isn't happy. So please hold us up in your prayers in this season.

The topic for the conference is "Fight a good fight of faith". We will discuss and study the imperatives given to Christians as far as our walk with Christ goes.

People are signing up. Just like two years ago we hope to have many kids from all over the country. We are thankful to God for providing necessary finances through our friends to rent the facility.

Please pray this big event brings a lot of good fruit. We need a strong generation of believers here. Also pray for protection and wisdom.
 
I was also blessed to be able to help writing some articles for a website of a pretty big Student ministry here. One of the articles that I helped translate was read by more than 3000 unique users from all over Russia. Be praying for the young generation of our country.

Thank you guys. We love you so very much. May God bless you all abundantly.
Our prayer needs:

*Preps for the conference. There are a lot things that need to be done
*Our parents: closer walk with Jesus and health
*Wisdom with new regulations
*Fruit
*Joy of the Lord to be with us
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