Program “Childhood

Igor Baravchikov presented his program “Childhood” in the following institutions for children:

October 9th-13th 2016 he gave 12 concerts in children’s institutions and a juvenile correctional facility in the Voronezh Region.

October 9th – Clinical sanatorium for orphans in village Grafskoye.%d0%b4%d0%b5%d1%82%d1%81%d0%ba%d0%b8%d0%b9-%d0%b4%d0%be%d0%bc-21-10-2016

October 10th – Residential care home in village Otradnoye,                     Residential care home for visually challenged children in oronezh.

October 11th – Infant orphanage in Voronezh, Baby orphanage in Voronezh, Orphanage in town Zemlyansk,  Orphanage for physically challenged children in town Semiluki.

October 12th – Orphanage in town Bobrov, Juvenile correctional facility in town Bobrov, Residential care facility for acoustically challenged children in town Bobrov, Children center for orphans in town Bobrov.

October 13th – Orphanage in village Kantemirovka, Orphanage in village Somovo.

All concerts were, as always, taken warmly!

Anti-drug campaign

A Chrictian rock-group “Druzhki” (Friends) from St. Petersburg gave concert in Transport and Road College. The concert was part of anti-drug and pro-healthy lifestyle campaign and was supported by “Concordia” Foundation.2-%d0%ba%d0%be%d1%86%d0%b5%d1%80%d1%82-%d0%b4%d1%80%d1%83%d0%b6%d0%ba%d0%b8-006

About 200 students and teachers gathered in college hall. A film containing interviews with drug addicts was shown in the beginning of the concert. Main ideas of the film are that addiction forms even after the first usage, ideas that you can try “soft” drugs, just not “hard” drugs are illusions, since a drug addict has desire for new “sensations” caused by drugs all the time. According to doctors, average expectancy life of drug-addicts is 3 to 5 years.

After the film the group leader Gera Alexeev played several of his songs. But the most amazing part of the concert were real life stories of his friends – members of the band.1_0%d0%b0%d0%b2%d1%82%d0%be%d0%b4%d0%be%d1%80%d0%be%d0%b6%d0%bd%d1%8b%d0%b9-%d0%ba%d0%be%d0%bb%d0%bb%d0%b5%d0%b4%d0%b6-%d0%ba%d0%be%d1%86%d0%b5%d1%80%d1%82-%d0%b4%d1%80%d1%83%d0%b6%d0%ba%d0%b8

One 33 year old man shared his story. He was 17 and was studying in the same college. He was a wrestler, so he got in touch with the criminal world, he wanted to be cool and have power over people. And using heroin was part of that lifesile. Later on he went to jail. That man was trying to persuade students that there is nothing romantic in drug usage and prison experience. His life changed 5 years ago, when he met God, walked free and stopped using drugs. But since that time he has been taking meds twice a day to support his organs, damaged by drugs.

Gera Alexeev shared a story of an ex-guitar player of the band, whose name was Oleg, he had performed at the concert in that Transport Road College one year before. He has recently died, one week prior his 40th birthday. And though he hadn’t been using drugs for 16 years, his experience with drugs in youth turned to be train wreck waiting to happen, which hit his body many years later.

The last story was told by a woman who also used to be an addict and serve time in prison. She told that drug addiction among women is much more dangerous that among men, because it can destroy your body much faster.

Those stories were the most touching part of the concert, and many students stayed after the concert to speak with band members in private.

After the concert everyone who wanted could get brochures “Self-control in the World of Addictions” for free. Those brochures were published by “Concordia” and they tell about fighting against different physical, mental and spiritual addictions. About 150 brochures were distributed after the concert

Visit to Rochester Lutheran Church, Minnesota

 

seminar-in-rochester-3Two weeks ago Igor Savich – the head of “Concordia” Foundation took part in celebrations of the 100 year Anniversary of The Lutheran Hour Ministry in St. Louis, USA.

Together with his colleagues from 35 countries he told and showed everything connected with the ministry in Russia to the guests who arrived at celebration.

igor-savich-with-pastor-heidorn-2At the end of his visit to US and after weekly workshop that was taken place in headquarters of LHM Igor Savich also visited the Lutheran Church in Rochester, Minnesota.

Having received special invitation from pastor Greg Heidorn from Grace-on-the-Lake Lutheran Church, Igor Savich told about LHM work in Russia on Saturday night and on Sunday after the service.

His presentations was connected with telling the Good News via radio, TV, Internet, brochures, flyers and personal testimonies.  Igor Savich told about work with prisoners, children, teenagers, everyone willing to study the Basics of Christian Faith, and about Foundation’s activity in media oriented to reach non-church population and especially in urban regions in Russia.

volunteer-group-1Igor Savich also met a group of volunteers who are going to visit Saint-Petersburg in June 2017 in order to take part in a Language Camp for Children in town Vyborg.

Within those two days Igor Savich had many informal conversations with members of the Lutheran Church and guests, who came to take part in the festival of Reformation .

ETC seminar in town Primorsk

ETC seminar was held in the Lutheran Church in town primorsk1Primorsk. As usual, “Concordia” employees brought different brochures, published by the Foundation” and Bible courses for children and adults.

Igor Savich in his opening speech told about Foundation’s main projects and new possibilities of studying Bible online. He also showed new publications by “Concordia”.

After that Yuri Bespechanskiy showed in his presentation that sharing the Good News is essential for fulfilling Christ’s commandment, written in Mathew 28:19-20. A lot of questions, especially about limitations introduced by the new anti-terrorist legislation, were asked.

primorsk2Igor Savich reminded about exemplum from the Old Testament, when Israelites were afraid to enter the promised land because their scouts had seen very strong people there. As a result, people were wandering in desert for forty years, until everyone who had been scared died.

If God is for us, who can be against us? That is rhetorical question. In order to spread God’s Word under new legislation, we need to be wise and use each opportunity, – finished Igor Savich. Pastor Sregey Gerasimov was very happy with the seminar and decided the almost each member of the church can be volunteer for “Concordia” Foundation.