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Pasha and Lena Baranov
Vladimir, Russia

March 2017

Dear friends and fellow prayer partners,

Grace and mercy of our Lord be upon you! May His Kingdom come and His will be done!

It's been a while since our last update. 2016 was not an easy year, but towards the end of it there was some relief and some answers from the Lord that made the breathing a bit more stable.

Praise be to His name!

Thank you dear friends for your faithful love and prayers!

I want to report to all of you that life in our neck of the woods is somewhat normal. That means troubles and comforts of all sorts of course, but generally quite steady. The Lord is good at all times and we are able to go on learning and doing HIS will from one episode of life to the next.

At the end of January I left the goodly nest and went to Guatemala and Cuba as the brethren have invited me to participate in the work with them. I had a great flight teaching students at Guatemala Bible college. There were young people from Costa Rica, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Guatemala itself of course. Fine stock! Hope for this generation in my estimation :). That is what I told them upon my departure. I had concerns going there because there were some unexpected complications, but the Lord has blessed it so tremendously. so my faith had to sync and grow a little bit in the process. Wonderful trip - no matter how one looks at it. I have made many new friends during those two weeks. So now I pray for Central American churches and have wonderful faces in my mind that I see smiling. I know who I am praying for. If the Lord so wills I will make my way back there and extend a mission little bit further as I got a couple more invitations to serve and teach. If you would pray that with me I would appreciate it greatly. I can genuinely say that it is God Who opens the doors, gives a call and provides for the good work - via His faithful people.

In Cuba I joined the group that came a day after I landed there. We started a construction project together and then I had to fly home. Little troubles with communist customs are not even worth mentioning. The trip was so smooth. I knew many people prayed for us. Everything was wonderful. Very good work is continuing in Cuba. We are so honoured to be a little part of God's kingdom building in that island world. Please pray for churches there and for a possible visit of small group of Cubans to Russia. In a little humble way we hope to strengthen the hands of the ministers. The Lord is good! *So the CCV team has tackled two projects instead of one - because locals are so tuned in for the job that we do with them, which makes everything so efficient. The guys could have done another one if things were woking like this, but nothing was ready for the next one. So what could they do, but enjoy the fellowship, Caribbean winter and have a few days of well deserved rest. The team came back all blessed and fired up for the Lord's work. It is such a good therapy for the soul and spirit of a Christian to go on a mission trip! Not everyone is willing to go as far as Cuba, but the fire spreads and people generally become more alive and active in the home church. Thank dear friends for your prayers and for some of yours' support towards this end!
*On a side note here - I was able to visit with my good friends in Normal, Illinois for a couple of days, prior to this whole trip. Found some extra prayer support and sweetest fellowships its old friends. I thank God for this provision! ]

So now half way through March we are looking at Resurrection celebration coming up in April. We have planned a couple of outreaches this and the next month. Please pray for those. And generally for the Russian people and our leaders on every level of society. Our God is still willing and able to save. That is what He does in fact every single day among the big 7 billion crowd. We have to be His workmanship and partners in this good business. Praise the Lord for His good will! Even though I find my self so limited and so incapable in many things I do desire all God's work and all God's heart that can fit in this fragile little frame. And I am certainly learning more and more that prayer is the foundational thing for anything and all good stuff in life. So, I greatly appreciate your partnership with myself, my family, our church and the Russian church in general, my dear friends!!

In the middle of May we are hoping to hold some festivities to celebrate the 25th year of our church's existence in Vladimir city. We will celebrate our Lord's faithfulness and all His goodness and blessing that were poured out in our direction.

***You are all invited!!! If you are able to make it in the middle of May you can just get your self a tourist visa and come join us for the celebration. We will have 13,14,15 of May to rejoice, celebrate, to praise the Lord in some loud ways. :) If you want to come and need our help with logistics, please let us know. Write myself or the office.

Please pray for our home front as always. We as partners in the marriage, parenting and ministry need a lot more wisdom and energy than we currently do. As well as patience, boldness, grace and mercy to flow through us. The Summer is going to be here soon. So please pray with us for open doors for ministry and all necessary means towards that end. The Lord is good and is worthy to be praised. We are so thankful to be His servants and to be the friends with all who call upon the name of the Lord. may the Lord bless you richly!

We pray for your wellbeing and continued fruitful life!

Thank you for all!
Pasha, Lena, family.



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April 7, 2016

Hello dear friends.

Attached is the Spring newsletter with prayer requests and cool looking design.
(kidding about the latter part)

Thank you for your love and prayers.
Pasha and family.



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February 11, 2016

Good day dear friends. Grace and peace be multiplied unto you! Oh how we need them!

Attached is a PDF file with newsand prayer requests from Calvary Chapel Vladimir, Russia.
Thank you for your love and prayers!

Your brother,
Pasha



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August 12, 2015

Hello dear friends.

This is your brother from another mother. ‐ Mother Russia :)

Attached is a PDF file with some news. I owed it for quite some time now. So finally I caught some time to write the update.
We so APPRECIATE your prayers and look forward to more glorious works of the Lord in this generation that we are part of. May our our Savior and King be glorified through us!

For the glory of His grace!
Pasha



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March 26, 2015

Hello dear friends,

Attached is a PDF formatted newsletter about CCV trip to Cuba. Lord's richest blessings to you!

Thank you for your prayers and support!
Pasha and family



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January 29, 2015

Hello dear comrades in the faith,

Grace and peace to you in our Lord's Wonderful Name! Attached is the news from Russian life as your brother Pasha sees it. No politics. Just a little corner of Russia - Calvary Chapel Vladimir.

Blessings to you and much love.
Pasha





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November 20, 2014

Greeting to the beloved saints in the name of our Loving and faithful Father!

I have not written a prayer letter in a while, I apologize for that. I feel like I am running out of steam - perhaps for the reason that less people pray for me. Not that it is someone's fault :), just an observation that prayer is important. I do want to say to all of you my prayer friends that I appreciate your prayers greatly and testify once again that there is a difference in life when we pray and when are prayed for. God hears and answers the prayers of the saints.

I think my last letter was in the middle of the summer. Lots of things were coming up and lots of things are a matter of history. I will share briefly so that you see some of the answered prayers here. The Lord is good! Lots of things were done and we of course are praying for things and for each other, so that is why life goes on.

In July we had our youth camp. Several kids were baptized and youth group rocks these days. Many are on fire. it is so simple to see that people get "on fire" where they approach to the Word of God as children - believe it and live it. The Spirit gives life to us because He ignites these very Words inside us and make us able to live it.

Our sister Yulya Tarasova that ministers long term in Mexico has come back for a couple of weeks in July and shared of the great things the Lord is doing with her and among many children of the Lord out in Merida, Yucatan and beyond. Great news! Great God!

At the end of July myself and our youth pastor were invited to minister at a retreat in the eastern lands of Russia (Izhevsk region). We went with God's speed and ministered out there on the verge of Europe with few other Calvaries from that region and came back happy. There is few smaller churches that love the Lord and seek to do His will. We were blessed to partake in the retreat and other church things. Pastors from Kirov and Perm as well as Izhevsk were there to do that work together.
*Just recently I went there again with a group of brothers from the US and Germany to continue the work. Guys in Izhevsk have a rehab center and halfway house - where they minister to folks they pick from the streets. Off drugs, alcohol, homeless lifestyle folks and other problematic folks. Please pray for those churches and for these folks. Perhaps you will want to come visit them and minister to them. The Lord does His good work all around the world. There is no boundaries for Him.
**I want to say here that I am very thankful to the pastor that came along, to their families and churches that have let them go on this mission. It was a great blessing, great help to those young pastors and small groups of Christians out there. We hear all kinds of words of appreciation from these guys. So, thank you very much for your assistance!! let's pray for more good work! A group of Christians has translated the Bible into the language of Udmurt people just recently. This is for the first time in history! As we visited Izhevsk which is a capital of Udmurt lands and people we met with those brothers who are visiting villages and carrying those freshly printed Bible to those pagan tribal folks. Isn't this exciting?! Yes, and we do need to pray. We may send a couple of our young guys for a month or so to help out in this area. Let us know if you want to partake somehow.

In the middle of August we had a team from Calvary Chapel Downey come our way and do great ministry in our church and on our streets. The Lord blessed everything. I do not have a whole lot of details on hand because my family was gone to Europe that whole time. We had our daughter's next laser treatment (Praise GOD for providing this opportunity once again!!) and attend missions conference with all European brethren. All went smooth and we actually were able to enjoy our family time for these couple of weeks.

A team from Vladimir and Murom churches has united for another outreach mission. This one was sent to Yamal region - to come along David Markey and his small group of believers in ministry and evangelism. This is another one of those uttermost parts of the earth where the land ends and becomes little swamps and island connected by ice. Locals go by reindeer and helicopters to some areas. Please pray for that American family to get long term visas and for a possible Russian team to go continue the outreach efforts in March. I invite you willing hearts to participate with this endeavor in some way as well. We can help arrange for that. May the Lord lead you and go before His saint. Blessed are the feet that bring Good News!

Upon our return from Europe kids had to go to school of course. Tim is in 10th grade now and Alisa is homeschooled in her 5th year. Please do pray for us. It gets little tense at times. We actually have to pay for Tim's last two years of school. It looks like we got enough for this year. We are considering sending him to do "Summer of service" in Europe if God allows. Young folks serve at the conference center in Austria all summer long. It is a great environment of Christian mentors and fellowship, also good way to learn practical skills. Tim really wants to come to Cuba with me in February. He is quite serious about the mission it seems like and we want to ask you to pray with us. It is a miracle each time even for me how the Lord provides... But if it is the Lord's will - may it be done! If our kids learn to be servants and have missions in mind early on it is great. They both have a little taste of it already, but something this far would be challenging and good. I GREATLY appreciate your prayers for our family. Things fall though my hands too many times. Just depend on God's grace and His Spirit to carry us on. Life is good - Jesus is life!

Second part of September and first part of October I had a mission in the US lined up for me. With my fam's permission and church's blessing I went on to visit few churches in the US. I had the invitation to come early on this year, but I hesitated, foreseeing how many things there were to do at home and actually having plenty of travels already planned. But the Lord has confirmed and I went. He truly blessed the trip. I had many more meetings with friends, pastors, ministers, churches where I had to touch base on the continuing the ministry together shared my vision, got our self up to date on all things. As it stands today - we are one church, one body. We have One Lord, One baptism, One Spirit!

Politicians, spirits nor any people should not mess up our vision for building the spiritual building together, reaching the lost and continuing strong in doing God's will. Not anyone else's. The Lord directed my steps and blessed every step. I attest to that and thank all of you my faithful comrades who have helped me come, found time to meet with me and provided in every way. Thank you all who prayed for me and my family during this time.

Mission to Cuba is pending. We will be meeting with the folks who are excited to go very soon. There is another country church that has a little property, but no hut to meet in. With our little team and little money we hope to help in this need. Seems like we have enough information to see it and now we have to pray, figure the vision little clearer, get some funds and go. Time wise it will probably follow the big conference that CC Downey puts together in Santa Clara region each year - which is in February. Please pray for all those things. It is for the glory of our Lord and for expanding His Kingdom out there on the Island.
**There will be time where isles will be no more (Rev.16:20), but meanwhile all the isles need to praise the Lord and for that people have to be taught and reached with the Good news first so they can praise the Lord. Can we pray and partner with the Lord over there? Can we do at least a little bit? Can we do some stuff together? As the Lord keeps this door open - we should and we will. Worthy is the Lamb!

The rest of October was intense preparation for our annual conference. Not without obstacles as usual, but all was prepared and it the conference went extremely well. If I was a magazine writer I would include these testimonials from many - many folks that have attended, but my letter is getting big, so my word should suffice for now. I am sure if you are connected with Russian folks you have already heard or saw plenty of words of joy and gratitude for a wonderful conference. Thank you to all of you pastors, pastors families and churches that have sent your faithful ministers and have donated towards this good cause. Your part of the reward awaits you in the heavenly home. May the Lord bless you all guys for coming along with your Russian friends to help in such a real way!

Thanksgiving is coming up. It looks like many thankful hearts are brewing with songs. [not sure if it sounds right - like this, but I said it anyway  :) ] New songs are coming up. Then Christmas is coming. Perhaps the Lord will come and take us home before that? We wait for Him, but meanwhile do what He told us, learn His ways. In the times of political instability and rumors of all sorts and the ebolas of all kinds we have to continue on strong!

Many people should turn theirs heads in the right direction and bow their necks to the truth. Because the Truth is loving, the Truth is saving. Jesus is the TRUTH and the WAY and the LIFE!

Last piece for this note: as the Lord keeps giving us opportunities for local and not so local outreach we keep running to this need of having a van. I set my eyes on Hyundai Starex just recently and think that this is the way to go. It 11 seats and decent price. It is not as expensive as German vehicles, not as bulky as Fords, but is a very good quality. A 2010 make we can buy for about $25K. We have quarter of the money.
*Pastor Jeff was willing to send us a bus from Downey, but as I looked at taxes here - it would be $20 thousand... Ouch! So much for a free bus.

So, please pray with us. And If the Lord confirms this idea with your heart, if this is something you can help us with, if you will see it a worth while investment in the Kingdom, please write us and let us know your thoughts.

Richest blessing of our Mighty Wonderful God to all of you and your homes!

Sincerely in Christ's love,
Pasha Baranov and family of mine



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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- June 21, 2014

Hello, dear praying friends.Attached is a PDF letter with some extra news from our life. Thank you for your time to read and pray.

Your friends and comrade in holy arms,
Pasha



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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- June 7, 2014

Hello, dear people of the Lord.

Grace and peace to your lives in Jesus' Mighty name!
Attached is the newsletter with some prayers requests of ours.
Thank you very much for your prayers!

Pasha and family

Mission Photo

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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- March 11, 2014

Hello dear friends and comrades in the Lord.

I have finished working on the Cuba report about a week ago, but had some experiments with formats and sizes, so I did not quite send it out to everyone yet. I did send it out to some of you. I apologize if you got it again. Well, you don't have to read it twice. Just never mind it if it is the case. Soon I will write down our current plans and prayers requests in another letter. Thank you for your patience, love, prayers for us.

For Cuba report you have to click on the link below and the letter will be downloaded to your computer. It is a PDF file of 28 or so Megabytes. Letter has lots of pictures, so it is large because of that. If you are interested in details please see the letter. If you know everything already, please just continue to pray for us in Russia and for Cuban church.

Thank you very much!

Your brother in Christ,
Pasha Baranov,
Calvary Chapel Vladimir



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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- January 23, 2014

Dear friends,

I hope this note finds you well.

The Lord is good and worthy to be praised!

If you still got time to learn of the what is up in Vladimir, behold a chunk of news and prayer requests from our neck of the woods. It is attached to the letter as PDF file.

Thank you for your love, care and prayers.
Sincerely in Christ's love,
Pasha Baranov, CCV.



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November 18, 2013

Hello dear friends,

Attached is the recent newsletter from Russia. Thank you very much for standing with us in prayer!

Yours in Christ,
Pasha and family



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October 11, 2013

Hello dear friends.

Attached are some news from your Russian friend, his family and beloved neighbors. Please read and pray. I trust that you do want to do just that. Thank you very much for your understanding and love anyway.

God's richest blessings to you!
Pasha Baranov,
Calvary Chapel Vladimir



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July 23, 2013

Hello dear friends,
Attached is the news and prayer requests from us.

Thank you all!
Pasha and family

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May 2, 2013

Hello,

This is Pasha

Attached is the news and prayer requests.

Thank you for your time to read and pray.

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March 15, 2013

Hello dear amigos.

Attached are two files -

News and photos from Cuba and Russia

and

March newsletter and prayers requests for each.

Shalom in Jesus' name!

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December 6, 2012

To dear praying comrades -

Thank you very much for your prayers!
Please continue on your prayer support!

Attached is the newsletter from Pasha Baranov

God does many things as we pray. Sincerely,

Pasha B

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Tuesday October 30, 2012

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Grace and peace to you in our Lord's awesome name! Thank you all so much for your prayers. This will be a short letter of prayer requests with brief explanations of what's up.

The Calvary Chapel for Russian Calvaries is about to start in just a few days. It seems that there is more obstacles than usual to organize it and bring everyone over.

The Franken-storm is one of them. Lots of flights got cancelled. We trusted in the Lord -- Praise Him all of the ones that the speakers were on are rescheduled and everybody will be here in time. Unexpected stuff for our Cuban pastor. He has to get French visas to fly through Paris. Ridiculous, but at the level we can't reach. Please pray that he gets those visas tomorrow. Day after that he is supposed to fly. Please do pray for the conference it self - for Russian ministers to be strengthened and prepared the coming year. Lots of clouds on horizon. I don't think they are mine, but glad that whether imagined to real they are under God's control.

One and a half days left of October and we have no funds to finish the semester. The original supporter that was supposed to cover 3 out of 5 students has quit the support under some circumstances of which we are not aware of. It isn't just students, but several pastors in Russia. They have been such a blessing for many years. To finish the semester we need $2 thousand. Please pray with us for the Lord to open the door (or window). With time limit this tight I can foretaste the goodness of solution. Only God knows how. I am excited to share the joy in few day... Please join us in prayer even now.

The outreach with brethren in Finland. It was not our initiative. We were just praying and seeking for opportunities to share the Gospel. Many doors closed here, but the Lord has provided the way for us to come north-ward. Would you pray with us that all members will get passports, visas these short few weeks before we take off (as I write one brother called and said that his international passport is ready... in half the time!). Some are still short on finances. But it is not major shortage. We believe that God will provide. If you feel that this is how you want to partake, please write us soon.

Oh, by the way, your loco Hermano Pablo will be singing at an outreach. Please pray for the bands that are traveling to be all set up and ready to rock and roll for Jesus.

With all we've got - For Jesus Christ,
Pasha & Company

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Friday October 5, 2012

Hello dear brethren.

Shalom to you in our Lord's dear name!

Attached is the newsletter from CC Vladimir

Pasha

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Good day, dear praying saints!

Here is your friend from far away land.
Attached are some news and prayer requests.

I appreciate if you stop by to read and pray for us -- VERY MUCH!!! God hears and answers. Please consider :)

In God's hands and service,

Pasha B

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Monday April 30, 2012

To my dear comrades and faithful warriors in the battle of the Good and evil. The war in the invisible realm rages as real and fierce as ever. Even thought we fight from victory there is yet to many fights to engage before it's over. Peace to all of you and grace from our Savior and Commander. In the middle of the battle we do have His peace. Thank you for all your prayers and patience - in case you do get tired of not hearing from the field you are praying for. May God reward you even in this life for your perseverance and love for us. I think that my last writing was in the beginning of March or the end of February - when I returned from Cuba. There were quite a few things to catch up with.

Since last writing we had two German brothers come and teach at the Bible college. German way often corresponds with very orderly style. Indeed it was the case with our friends. They did a good job teaching at the college, as well as everything else they did while being here with us. We thank God for them, their families that let them go and the church in Munich that prayed for us. Well, while we are on the college topic I want to continue with a couple more thoughts and s couple of prayer requests. It is about a month before the semester ends. One student will graduate, others will continue. Please pray for the next semester. The way Bible college works here is a bit different from how it works in most of the western countries. That is the financial part. Because of economy and the size of churches (to be short) most students can not afford even to come and live on campus, much less pay anything for the studies. The teachers don't for ask anything either. Most of everything is volunteer. So, the way it has worked for years was the help of the churches in the West. Both with providing teachers and sponsoring serious students. Please pray for the next semester's sponsors and for genuine serious new students to come and continue to learn the Bible. Our goal with Bible college to help prospective ministers to grow in the knowledge and love and to return to their home churches, so they can effectively serve the Lord.

*If this is something you have the heart for, please consider adopting a student for next semester. Feel free to ask any questions, write us.

In March we had a couple of fundraisers for Kenya team. This thing is still quite new to us, but it went very well. People have donated quite a bit of money and any proceeds from the kraft and sweets sales went towards the mission there. Murom church has joined us once again - by sending one member for the team and collecting some funds as well. The team is leaving tonight. Please pray for effectiveness, boldness, love, wisdom, unity with local church in vision and efforts, protection and safe travels. We expect great things from our Great God. It is the right thing to do and it is so good for the church. On top of normal good things God also does miracles. He is God! May God's kingdom expend!!

There were a few good events around the Resurrection Day. Russians celebrate Easter by some other calendar. So we had our service on the 15th of April. The day is not important, but the essence of the fact very much so. Church handed out invitations, shared the Gospel, had good church service, did some goodly labor together. Few new people showed up, some dinosaurs too. The news of resurrection bugs the mind and reaches to the hearts. Please pray for all the people that did hear the Gospel once again and for all the many folks that heard it in last few years to finally really submit to the Lord and live for him. Pray for God to send His Spirit and save many in Russia.

Calvary Chapel Vladimir will celebrate it's 20th Anniversary on May 15th. Wow!! Praise God for Real love and for His great Faithfulness!!! He reached out to us in time and space and saved us. It is not only Galilee and the generation of Apostles, but wild barbarians like us from all over the place. Endless thanks and gratefulness from deep within our hearts. I can't even start remembering the numberless things that God has done for this reality to be ours today in the city of Vladimir, Russia. Thank you to all of you faithful brethren who prayed, worked, continue to pray and work in His fields. The fields indeed are white even still, even more so than they were. God, send the workers! God - Maranatha!! Both cries are ours.

May He guide you, strengthen you and glorified in you!!

Pasha B. - CCV

P.S. We did move into our new apartment. I am still working on finishing it. It is some security measures on the outside (because it is a ground floor) and last touch-ups on the inside. Please pray that we have funds to finish those things and be done with it. When you are in Vladimir, please come and visit us.

P.S.2 I will be coming to California. Unfortunately, all by myself. But I will be there for the pastor's conference and one more week on top of that. I deeply feel the importance of this visit and just the time of all things and events in life at the moment. I hope to see many pastors and talk to many faithful comrades in the faith while there. Please pray that I could have a lot done.

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Thursday March 15th:

Hello. This is Pasha from Russia.

I wish I was a poet, or at least a writer.

About the trip to Cuba I write a little note ~~~

Please see the attached PDF report.

AGAPE

Sincerely,

Pasha B

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Tuesday January 17th:

Hello dear brothers and sisters.

Attached is the letter of mine for January. It is not quite a newsletter, but a missions fund raiser rather. Because of the time shortage I send it separately. The newsletter will be coming shortly as well.

Please read this short note and pray for us.

Thank you very much.

Sincerely,

Pasha B.

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Saturday December 17th:

Hello dear and beloved brethren.

Merry Christmas to you all!!

I wish I was sending you a gift. But like in the case with Jesus, you are the ones that bless your Russian comrade by praying and other blessings.

And I am like a boy with my drum. Ra-ppa-pam-pa.... Behold my drumming on the keys - some news. Hope you enjoy to read the news, rejoice in what the Lord does here and can continue to pray. My deepest thanks and appreciation.

Sincerely,

Pasha B.

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Wednesday August 12th:

Dear brothers and sisters in arms,

Grace and peace to you in Lord Jesus' dear name!

Mission Photo

Without smoke and fire, without being in the war, for some reason I feel like being part of all that. I hate to exaggerate things because I know that there are may many places where the actual wars and battles for life are taking place. Millions of people have it much harder and intense than we do over here. But it's hard to actually sit down and make an inventory of what has been taking place in the last couple of months. A lot took place, a lot of battle, even though I mostly did not play a central role. Many others did and me, my family and the church took part. It is always good to realize that our God control all and nothing escapes His sight. And that He plays the main part. All of you, faithful prayer partners help us to keep up the good fight and to withstand the enemy's attacks. Thank you so much. Please keep praying with us and in heaven you will see how much you have actually took part in the ministry here in Vladimir and helped us to stay strong. We pray that you keep it strong on your end. May God be glorified in all the earth!!

Since May we had several outreach teams from US churches come and serve the Lord along side us. Different churches, different ages, different many things, but all who love the Lord and desire to do His will, all that share love for Russian people. There was much done - not just in Vladimir, but the sister churches in the region here. Concerts, street evangelism, body ministry of all forms. Our minds had to engage in all sorts of things. We felt the resistance from many directions, but also had so many joys. This is why I actually have a hard time concentrating on something one or few things right now. Also because there are many things that need the attention right now.

So, I just want to praise the Lord for what He has done and ask you to pray for the continuing work of His in days and weeks ahead, before snow comes. It is a good and exceptable year of the Lord. Fields are white and there is much to do and not enough hands. We all need to pray like disciples were commanded - to send more workers in the fields. There are white fields... there are us... Maybe we can also pray - Here am I, send me... Between me and now, all of you, this is the prayer that I have prayed quite often - especially after the trip to Cuba. The Lord has answered and confirmed that I am still sent here for now. So... even being someone local, someone from here I am still sent here to do the work, to continue the work. I do not write this to brag, or make anything special of me. A would actually feel more heroic if I went somewhere far. But being home and continuing faithfully and boldly with the same people actually demands a lot more. That is how most of us learn the depths of genuine love. Most of good missions come form good foundations of home church. Well, I did not mean to be teaching in this letter, just some thoughts out-loud...

As summer heads toward it's end please pray for all the many people that have heard the Gospel in our lands. We pray for them to be saved. Pray that they come to church and become disciples of Jesus Christ. Pray for the church to receive and befriend them, help them grow. There must be unity and love between us, so that the babies don't just hear, but see the life of Christ in the church and taht they grow healthy. Everybody knows this stuff, but it is a real time real struggle for all of us - to be what we are supposed to be.

Next semester of Bible College is starting at the end of August. Please pray for those that will join the studies in Vladimir and for those who will take distant learning courses. These are the people that want to know more about the Lord and want to serve Him. We want to see just that. And what the Lord wants to do with them, of course. His will to be done in all the lives!

In September there will be a conference for the women - here in Vladimir. Please pray for the teachers to be divinely inspired and prepare that good strong teaching that is well fit to the situation and time. We have many ladies in the churches in Russia. They want to serve the Lord. So, we pray that he meets them and renews them to follow Him strongly, boldly and to bear much fruit this in next academic year. Lot of them have kids in schools and even those that don't have many areas to practice the true Christian faith. Again I say things that everyone knows

Our annual Calvary Chapel conference that takes place here in Vladimir is planned for November 3-6. Please pray for this blessed event. God blesses it always, but perhaps there is things that we miss and He wants to do more - we need to get HIs will and do it with Him. For that we can pray. Maybe for nice big hall this year and for many people to have the opportunity to come.

Please pray for our children - to grow in the knowledge of the Lord and to be strong in faith. So even our kids would be a bright testimony of God's truth and love in our families' lives. VBS is great, conference VBS is great, Sunday School has been good. But everything else in their families' attitudes and their own to change. Can we pray together fro them as the next school year comes around.

On May 15th of 2012 our church will celebrate 20 year anniversary. I seek the Lord to understand His will concerning this date. In my opinion it is a great date to celebrate the many good things that our Great God did here. How big of a deal we should make it, how much noise to allow, I am not quite sure. Please pray with us for God's clear vision, to know what He desires to do in that time. Perhaps and good big outreach with our many friends' help? God has many resources and He has all the wisdom and plans. We just need to hear from Him on this. Perhaps I make it to big of a deal at this point, but it is a big deal. Please pray with us.

Thank you very much for turning the listening ear, looking into my words and seeking the Lord on our behalf. I and we (my family and church) GREATLY APPRECIATE your prayers. With God the very prayers are collected in bowls (Rev.5:8) So whether we see things now or not, whether we understand what He decides to do with a particular request, we can gladly realize that it's in His hands now. Submitting all of our ways to His will is the best thing sew can do of our lives. So, even if my letter just adds more prayers to your list of things i don't feel bad. Be blessed, dear friends and partners in the Lord's work!

We love you and appreciate you dearly.

Your co-laborers in Christ,

Pasha and Lena, our family and church

P.S. You can continue to pray for our move. Actually for selling of our current apartment. It's been good to be able to live in the house and not start the hassle of moving during this busy summer. But as the construction company is coming closer to finishing the new place we need to sell this old place, pay them the rest of the money and start working on making the new home livable. We think that we have entered into this ordeal with God's blessing, so if it is all good then He will help us to continue on well. Thanks for your prayers and help.

P.S.#2 The Lord has blessed us indeed to attend the missions conference in Austria again. We can't express how happy we are to go as a family once again. Please pray for our safety next two weeks and for our dear church to stay strong, safe and healthy.

Shalom!

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