Little summary of activity in teenage group

As you know, we had winter camp in Communar, I have already written about it, so I am just going to give a little summary. We realize that nowadays Christianity has to move away from projects and come back to the basics of the New Testament Church, when relationships and people were important.

But at the same time, I can see that we all have very little time. That is why now we are reevaluating preacher format and concept of taking care of each other inside the Church.

Time inexorably passes by and the summer is coming closer. In the summer we are having baptism for out wonderful teenagers. In January we had 2 meeting with them about baptism and we continue helping them get ready for the most serious decision in their lives.

There is a great application for mobile phones and tablets. That application has got Bible texts in different versions. We have inspired children from our club to read Bible every day and to finish the whole Bible during 2017.

We can follow each other’s activity through that application as well as recommend verses to each other. All in all, we are on the right way! The next step will be inspiring teenagers to start preaching themselves.

As always, we have anti-cafe meetings, where we invite new children and our acquaintances. Everything is very cheerful in Petrozavodsk, too. We have had a big game tournament called “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).

Children have to play, have to laugh. That is their direct responsibility written in human rights. Since children in our clubs are from unprivileged families, they especially need laughter and happiness.

And, of course, we have daily meetings, help children with their homework, pray, sing, tell Bible stories. And every Sunday there is service.

Сlub for teens

Igor Savich and regional director of euro-asian region Peter Kerby met the leader of ministry for children and teenagers in Petrozavodsk Evgeniy Zinin. Pastor Evgeniy Zinin told about their work with children and. In fact, there are 2 clubs in Petrozavodsk: “Firefly” for children and “Glimps” for teenagers. The latter has meetings every Sunday at 3 p.m.

Savich and P. Kerby visited “Glimpse” club. More than 25 teenagers are its members. The meeting started with friendly conversations with tea and biscuits followed by singing several hymns accompanied by the guitar.

In order to brighten up the atmosphere, children were offered to play a game called “princess rescue”. There was lots of laughter and joy.

At the end, pastor Evgeniy offered to listen to a serious lecture on how our World appeared. The lecturer was I. Savich, who compared two points of view: creations and evolutionary. Within the following 40 minutes he showed that creations point of view explains appearance of our harmonious and fine-tuned World better than evolutionary. All processes which we can observe are results of the Intelligent Design. He also said that Bible authentically describes events of the World Creation.

Teenagers asked many questions, which is evidence of their interest in the topic. At the end of the club’s meetings children got brochures by “Concordia” on the World Creation and age of the Earth.

Lessons on creation

Igor Savich gave lessons on creation science in school with advanced study of German -“Peterschule”. Igor Savich was invited to the school by its headmaster. peter-002More than 60 children found out that our World is not a result of natural development, but is a result of the Intelligent Design.

During those lectures, Igor Savich showed that since entropy increase law is active, self-induced complications of nonliving matter is impossible.

He also showed that if information can not appear on its own, all evolutionary principles are wrong. Four conditions are necessary to record information: a) peter-18recording tool, which does the recording, b) material medium, which the recording is done on, c) method, mechanism (how the recording is done), d) reason for recording (the purpose of that recording).

And he added that the most important difference between living systems and those four conditions is that all necessary information has already been recorded in living organisms. Existence of living systems is connected with reproducing information which exists in them.peter-15

So, information exists only for supporting life. Information diversity determines life, its forms and specifics, not visa versa. And there was a logical conclusion: life is the unique thing, which is Creator’s Work.

Every student got brochures by “Concordia”, in which the problem of how life appeared on the Earth are discussed more thoroughly.

Prison ministry for teenagers

Together with Andrey Evert’s, group “Concordia” visited juvenile correctional facility for teenagers aged 14 to 17 in the suburb of St. Petersburg. The facility holds teenagers from the whole North-West region of Russia, who committed serious teen2crimes.

The colony has school and a career education workshop. 55 teenagers attended the event. We made photos and videos of the whole event.

The concert started with performance by an illusionist Aleksey Shirovick. After that a missionary from Israel told children about the Holy Land – Jesus Christ’s Homeland, about opportunity to be saved through faith and gave them informational brochures.

teen1Andrey Evert sang two songs, one of which was a Christian ballade about a mother. Then a video of a prison minister was shown to teenagers. On that video the minister tells how God saved him when he was in prison, how he was miraculously released from prison by president’s decree, and how he was given the chance to be a minister among prisoners.

At the end, we presented brochures of the first part of the course “Conversations about Christian faith”, each copy had an notebook and envelopes to send letters to “Concordia”. 55 brochures were taken by those teenagers who were present at the concert, 45 more brochures were given to the facility administration to be passed to those who hadn’t attended the concert. In total, 100 brochures of the first part of “Conversations” were given that day.

Creation Science Ministry

lecture-in-st-anna-church-%d1%83-3A public lecture “How Did Our World Appear?” by Igor Savich took place in St. Anna’s Church. About 25 people attended it. Igor Savich told that there are two points of view on how our World appeared.

The first one is evolutionary theory, which tells that everything appeared on its own. All those processes happened within several billion years. And that process lead us to the world which surrounds us now.

The lecturer emphasized that the theory is completely anti-scientific and completely contradicts data which is available nowadays. The second point of view is connected with Biblical doctrine of Creation and it is proved by the second law of thermodynamics and those informational processes which are easily discovered in the world around us, starting from micro-level and finishing with processes in human society.

The lecturer showed convincing proof of Creation theory. Attendees were offered brochures by “Concordia” and opportunity to enrol to the free of charge course of Christian faith basics (see pictures).

 

ETS seminar

olonez-town1ETS seminar was held in the ELCI in town Olonets (pastor Igor Pokormyakho). There were 22 people. 15 people left their contact information in the registration sheet. 6 of them wrote they wanted to become “Concordia” volunteers.

Olonets is a small town on the South of the Republic of Karelia with population of 8000 people.

Problem of alcoholism is the most acute one in Olonets. It is caused by unemployment and despair. That is why the audience paid special attention to the brochure “Self-Control in the olonez-town3Addictive World”. Besides, they asked about better ways of preaching to their non-believing relatives and friends.

Right before the seminar during service pastor Igor Pokoromyakho preached that Jesus is always with us in all our problems, sins and weaknesses.

That is the problem of how we can be near people who have problems, like Jesus did, was discussed during the seminar. olonez-town2How can we, as Christians, love people, empathize them, help them without taking part in their sins? How can we defeat our own sins and become victors in complicated situations? Helping those who are in need with words or actions is the best way of personal evangelism.

Winter Сamp

The camp was successful, though there were some spiritual battles. Nevertheless  Children were happy to have this good camp during vacation. The camp on the Christmas Day (January 7th) was finished with celebration and prayer!

We bought 55 presents for children and gave all of them to children, we showed several peformances in Leningrad Region. Though there were less children in Elizavetino than we had expected, there were more in Kirishi, so the number was balanced out. The performance was a puppet play for little kids.

There was much sport, trainings, Bible studies, games and theater plays. We studied several topics: “A Walk with God”, “Struggle and Blessing”, “Fractal”, “The Nature of God’s Life”.

About Petrozavodsk: we celebrated Christmas, gave presents, went camping. Everyday work in our center is done as usual.

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