Inside Story: The Power of Many
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The Temryuk, Russia church and members Courtesy of GC Office of Adventist Mission

The Temryuk, Russia church and members
Courtesy of GC Office of Adventist Mission

Believers in western Russia work together to win their neighbors—and sometimes thieves—to Jesus. They write the names of people for whom they are praying in a book at church. Then they deliver tracts or newsletters to those people during the week.

One woman who owns a goat farm asked God who to pray for, and God showed her in an unusual way. The woman noticed that her goats were disappearing. Then she found a man lifting one of her goats from its pen. She stopped him. My family is hungry, the man said. If I sell the goat, they can eat.

The woman asked the man to put the goat back into its pen while she prepared food for his family. She gave him the food and some missionary tracts as well. The man’s family read the tracts. The man now works as a goat herder for the Adventist woman, and his family worships with the Adventist congregation in town.

Three sisters were praying for an apartment to rent. An old woman offered to rent them an apartment, and the sisters moved in.

Then they discovered that their landlady spoke to the spirits. The sisters prayed for the woman, but they were afraid to speak to her about her alliance with the devil. Instead, they left some Bible tracts on the table where she would find them. The woman picked up the tracts and read them. One of the tracts dealt with the devil’s skillful lies. While reading it, the landlady realized that her alliance was with the devil. The landlady has asked the sisters for more tracts and a book about God.

Through their faithfulness in sharing their faith, a congregation has grown. But the members had no church in which to meet. The nearest church was several miles away in another town. They struggled to raise money for a church until the Thirteenth Sabbath Offering helped make their dream a reality. Today a simple church stands in this town in western Russia, a lighthouse and a testimony to the power of many working together as one to finish God’s work.

Members celebrate their new church in Temryuk, Russia.

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Inside Story: The Power of Many — 9 Comments

    • Yes indeed Fundie the God we're praying is wonderful, if we truly believe in him anything is possible

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  1. Its sweet to see how God works with believers in different intresting ways to draw many unto His kingdom.

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  2. I had an accident 6 weeks ago my car was sideswiped by a 22 wheeler truck and luckily I come out unhurt, I was hit in the front and my car looks like somebody just push me on the side and got out shaking and can't believe what happened my angel was with me. Then I needed another car to work my smash repair lend me his car without a charge while looking for another car. Went to two car yards and apply for a finance I am having problems because I have low income I wasn't approved on the other one but the other business manager wont give up on me for 4weeks working on my paper I ask other friends and my boys to pray for the approval the next day I received a call that I can pick up my car but I got another problem my insurance money didn't come yet for down payment and need to pick up because its end of financial year my friend heard me and after I put down the phone my friend asks me how much do you need? I said $5000. How much is the $check $5000. I will lend you the money when the xheck come just it to me. Then we pray. Our chaplain ask me to help him prepare food for the next week program for the kids for one week called Stormco and I said pastor I got no car yet am not sure yet but he was so positive and said will pray for it and prayers really work wonders and I got my new car the next day serving the lord. How great is that. Praise God and I am really thankful and I really feel the holy Spirit with me. God is good all the time.

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    • Wow! A true revelation on the perseverance huh? Because You really could have argued for not being able to go and help. and it would have been find, because that was not possible. :-) Praise Our LORD GOD! Good for You!

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  3. I was interested to see that the new SDA church in Temryuk, Russia has been cropped of its cross. If so, I once did a study in the writings of EGW without finding support for the idea that a crossless church was best. Mrs. White attended the Battle Creek SDA Church where a photo
    reveals about six on display. (It could be pointed out, of course, that the church was later destroyed by fire.)

    Many non-SDA's confuse us with non-Christian groups like LDS and JW's. A simple cross on an SDA church might help dispel the notion.

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