Pasha and Lena Baranov

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Vladimir, Russia

August 2, 2023

Hello dear praying people.
Here is Pasha and his story. (A pdf attachment.....)

Please pray for him and his friends.
Thank you very much!
Blessings in Christ!

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February 7, 2023

Good day to all dear friends and servants of the Lord.
May the grace and peace of our Lord abound in your lives!

The Day of the Lord is approaching and all the wrongs will be gone in split second. Oh, how the saints long for that day. How glorious a Day we await, dear friends! His Kingdom come on Earth as it is in Heaven now!

Meanwhile back here on the sin torn surface we find our selves doing things from day to day with aim to please our Lord. I pray that you, my dear friends in the wonderful Gospel and life not so popular in this world are doing well and pleasing our dear Savior with joyful heart.

I am so thankful that I have such friends who love the Lord and pray for my self and others in this vast land of Russia who are striving to serve unto the Lord and please Him like you do yourself. I am a debtor to all of you who faithfully pray for us because I haven't written updates in a long while. Sorry about that. I did intend to do so on many occasions. So much has happened since my last update that I wanted to even record a video and send photos, but failed to do any of this because everything got so intense on and on. I did have breaks in-between the trips to the devastate cities near war zone, but life is so impacted but this stuff, that it takes a while to catch up to the usual pace of life and fulfill the daily responsibilities which have not diminished with time. I thank the Lord also for the wonderful ones - His saints at home. What a beautiful group of people that loves the Lord and contends for the faith in this dark season.

Well, as I try to recall things my mind comes to a halt. Too many thoughts. Emotions away. I will try to write things in a dry orderly manner.

First of all my plea for all of you is to pray for people in the war town territories as they are indeed humans like ourselves. Surprisingly to me there are many voices in Christian circles who say that we had no business in ministering in "someone else's territory". That is a pathetic comment on one hand and sick on the other. Sorry, I couldn't avoid this statement. This actually has become a biggest puzzle and stumbling block to my heart in this last year. How different can Christianity be on both sides of war? Evil people hate and pour wrath and fire on each other, so may people suffer and yet many among the church raise their voices to argue about "territories of ministry" in such negative way... Like there not enough spilts within Christianity and Christendom.

Amazingly in all of my 30 years of Christian life I have not so much of solidarity among the saints who went to serve to the needs of suffering folks in that burned and scarred land. Truly, not cheaply AMAZING solidarity in Christ's love, unity that seeks to mend the wounds and help poor souls; just like that Samaritan dude that Jesus talked about. Somehow Jesus' own huge sacrifice and saving act become a funky tool in the hands of religious people, like baptism, communion, washing of feet and everything else. How pathetic we humans are! Surely I have my own flaws... But we just had to go and help.

Since 2014 the door for Christians of Russia has opened for the first time. The exchange of fire, failed truces, deceitful negotiations, breaking of promises of worldly leaders, and people of all kinds that do not know the Lord is what preceded and resolved nothing, actually lead to a much greater scale of conflict. Few Christians have stayed behind and did not leave the land at this terrible time, but stayed to serve the people and who are the heroes of the faith. So, we joined them. And fields there huge, fields there are white. And time is short. Several of the saints have paved the way back in May and couple of us from Vladimir have joined the pioneers in September. Since then we went once a month with a caravan of 5-8 cars, minibuses to bring as much much relief cargo as we could possibly fit in those vehicles. I will not describe here what kind of stuff had to be brought and has been brought because most of you can guess concerning that and be right. I want to emphasize God's part in this - because it is not less than miraculous in both the amount of supplies, the favor at border and block posts and local administration. It is miracle upon miracle! God's protection, wisdom and help on this mission where at any turn a dozen of things could go wrong and abort the mission. I can't even start to describe. I think one just has to go and experience the good favor of the Lord in a circumstances like that. Perhaps when I retire I will write a book - if I live long enough and if my memory doesn't fail me. But like David said - the good works are too many to number. It is not about curiosity and excitement, but about doing God's work, about being right in His sight. PLEASE pray for the situation. Every one in the world wants to be right, wants to feel right. But only when God says so it is so. The peace should come some way, some day and what the next phase of development is it going to be for humans, when things are so global tied and when most people don't want Jesus to rule?! Don't we foresee some greater unwinding? Perhaps not this soon, but soon enough for us to be earnestly waiting for Jesus and doing His will. Most people feel like they are doing something important, but what is important in this time? It does take earnest faith, prayer to determine what Jesus reply wants from each one of us, though some things seem very obvious, and the television claims to have done all the thinking for us, as well as WORLD LEADERS the gods with gold and weapons...

I apologize to slipping into the sermon mode. I have tried writing this letter more than once and have been carried away by thoughts and emotions in spite the fact that I announced otherwise in the beginning. The tragedy I see is the biggest in my life and being so close to it jams my brains many a time. So, I don't solicit nothing, but prayer in this writing. There have been several wonderful things on home front such as Christmas outreaches to kids, few conferences (even an out of the country retreat), mission to the south with our youth, regular services with faithful servants doing great job, new home groups, maturing of the saints, growing up of the kids and some of you have actively prayed and helped in major way with some of these things. Thank you so much! God knows your sacrifice and weighs the hearts and sees commitments. I too want to be found faithful in all of this.

Please pray for this fragile man, for his family and friends - the saints in Russia and Ukraine.

Lord's rich blessings to you all.

Love and prayers,


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October 29, 2022

Good day, dear friends of Jesus. Shalom to your homes.

Attached is a PDF with some current news and prayer requests from your Russian comrade Pasha.
May the Lord direct you, bless you, protect you, save you and keep you for His glory!



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July 19, 2022

Good day, dear friends. Grace and peace to you all in Jesus' wonderful name!

The Lord's return is near, so we lift our heads up and maybe check the pulse once in a while.
Tomorrow a small team of two pastors, one mom and a few kids are headed down to Abkhazia and will start preparing the grounds for the camp. Two shifts of Russian and Abkhaz kids and teenagers will be camping by the stormy Black Sea starting next week. It is a major Summer event where Russian Calvaries can aim a focused outreach and inreach to the church youth effort that we have learned to appreciate very much. It is a time away from hectic secular city life and in with the saints and the Lord.

Many pastors and leaders are coming to teach and bless the kids with care and wisdom. For most civilized places it is just a trivial, normal thing. For our folks and our kids it is a huge blessing and long lasting imprint. Almost everything is ready. We just have to get there and get to it. Please pray for the event and safety. It is 36 hours or so of driving. We have to cross the border and install the tents. We are bringing supplies with us and most will be arriving by air and train.

We do have somewhat of a shortage in finances as in these hard economic times we ask the people to provide only a quarter of the cost. Otherwise it's just unaffordable for families. Some friends have donated towards this Christian camp and we pitched in a major part from our church budget. If this is something that you guys want to participate in and bless this upcoming generation, please let me know. Though we are going to hit the road tomorrow and most things are rolling, you could help us patch some holes.

So, please write when you have a minute. Please pray. And we pray that the Lord bless you abundantly, and we pray that He comes soon.

Between now and then though - may He save many souls and bless His servants in the good works of His Kingdom!


Pasha and Russian saints.

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May 24, 2022

Hello dear friends who know how to pray and pray. Please find an attached PDF letter that has serveral prayer requests from Pasha, Russia and a little beyond.

Rich blessings to the faithful!




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March 31, 2022

Hello dear friends.

Attached is a one page PDF file with news and prayer requests.
Thank you very much for your friendship and prayers. The Lord is good.
Hope to see you some day soon to come in the glorious light in the presence of our Lord.



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February 2, 2022

Pasha has sent a newsletter that has many things from his heart. It tells about their own Christmas box outreach, and he shared some about the CC pastor's conference there in Russia last November. And of course, things to be in prayer about. Great stuff!

Attached is his multi-page PDF newsletter file to read.

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November 24, 2021

Hello dear brothers and sister in the Lord.

Rich blessings to your families from our Father who is in heaven!
We pray that you are well, abiding in the Lord's goodness and expecting His return. Attached is a one page PDF with some of our news and prayer requests. Thank you very much for standing with us. We stand with you for our Lord's name.


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August 10, 2021

Hello dear friends in the Lord Jesus Christ,

Grace and peace to you be multiplied. This is your comrade Pasha writing from Vladimir, Russia.
Needing your prayers as always, or maybe even more than ever. The Lord is good, but the world is pretty sick and deadly. So, by God's grace and mercy we move forward. May the glory of our Lord shine and be proclaimed by these earthen vessels!!
Link to his attachment.
Thank you for your prayers and involvement with the work of the Lord on this side.


Pasha B.

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April 9, 2021

Hello dear friends.

Attached is a PDF file with our news and prayer requests as of April 2021. Hopefully you have a few minute chunk of time to go to our Lord with these. Many blessings to you!
Link to his attachment.

Pasha and friends in Russia.

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February 4, 2021

Hello dear praying people.

Here comes your friend and brother Pasha with some news and prayer requests. Link to his attachment

Please pray for us. The Lord is coming and His reward is with Him!

Pasha B.

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November 12, 2020

Hello dear saints of God.
Grace and peace be yours in Jesus' name!

If you still have time and heart to pray for your Russian brother and his friends attached is the newsletter and some current prayer requests. God hears the prayers and actually teaches us to pray - if we so desire. I personally am very much in need and so appreciate your prayers. And will pray for you whenever you decide to share what to pray for.
I do remember you in my heart and in prayer times when your face or name comes up in the memory of mine. Good thing is that He's actually got it all already.

So, with this said and read - if you have five minutes, please read on.
Pasha B.

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September 24, 2020

Good day my dear friends.

Attached is a two page letter with the most recent news and prayer requests of ours.
Thank you very much for your friendship and commitment to pray for your brethren in Russia.

Richest blessings of our Lord be unto you and your loved ones.

Love in Christ,

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May 20, 2020

Hello dear faithful saints.

Here comes a little letter from Pasha in Russia.
Thank you for your prayers!

Love in Christ,

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January 15, 2020

Hello dear friends. This is your Russian brother Pasha.

I am glad to resume the communication in the land of the living with all dear friends. A little cloud overshadowed me for a while there, but I am back in the light of day. Thank you for your prayers and being my friends.

Attached are some details of life in the 2019 and prayer requests for stuff coming up.

Richest blessing of Christ Jesus to all of you!

Pasha and friends.

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October 2019

Hello dear brothers and sisters.

Blessings to your God fearing homes and blessed fellowships of the saints in every places where God's name is called in truth. Our prayers for you and best regards as you continue to follow the Lord Jesus and striving to do His will.

This shorter note is to ask you all to pray with us with these timely things of the Kingdom.

Seems like to much is happening at the same time - and there is no way to ask the Driver to stop the spinning and for me to get off at the next stop. The world is going as it is destined - to spin all the way to the the last stop before the new Heavens and new Earth are in place.

So, the biggest thing is the conference that we will be hosting in just a couple of weeks. It is pretty much a national Calvary Chapel conference (though each year we have two in the land). With the great importance that it is for the faith of all of the guys and gals that usually gather to seek the Lord together there is usually quite a bit of resistance and complications prior to it and we are in the thick of it from many directions. I will spare you from many details, but will ask you help in prayer for the event.

A week before the conference I have a short trip to Siberia to speak at the regional conference. My self and the local pastors will be discussing a Summer outreach in Siberian villages when we are together. There are only two Calvaries in Siberia, but much desire to go on forward and reach out. Of course there are many other churches (and good ones) in Siberia, but we have the vision, the desire and your help praying for this.

I was not going to ask for financial assistance with this and the other mission trip, wanting to just pray and see how the Lord provides, but in light of some new circumstances I decided to spell it out and allow for my friends to decide things on these important things as well. The circumstance is the medical expenses of my own. I went to the see a Doctor with regard of a triple skin bump on the side of my skull, thinking that it is a minor deal and he can cut it out right in the office. He checked it and said sorry for bad news, but you have to go for a check up with an oncologist. So, I need to make an appointment - lose time and money on this while the important things are planned. So, if you can consider helping with the two upcoming mission trips. As far as medical stuff I will keep you all posted when I have more news. Of course you can pray for your Russian friend. However, like I said earlier - I do not mind if I get off at the next stop.

So the next important thing is an outreach in Finland in the middle of November. A group of nine folks from three of our churches is headed to the beautiful northern Europe where we have an opportunity to go to schools, rehabs and churches with the Gospel. 101 years ago Finland went independent from Russia. Mister Lenin kissed 'em goodbye and it went so good for them for nearly hundred years. Nowadays however with all the destructive tendencies of Europe the church is losing ground. New generation has not even heard the Gospel. So while we have this door open we believe that we can join hand with our beloved friends and missionaries in Finland and share the Gospel in it' s pure form to as many as we cam. Please pray with us for visas, open doors, finances.

All the other things that I usually write about are also current things that we ask you to pray for. So, if you sit down to read this note and pray for it, please remember us in your prayers for families, governments, workers in the fields, full time missionaries and new long term missions which we do not lose of. Just need the people prepared and sent out by the Lord's good hand.

If you have any questions or answers for us, please write when you have a minute.
Richest blessings to all the faithful fighters in this spiritual war.

Brother Pasha.

P.S. Please pray for the church van. It started acting up just as busy time came close. Hopefully I can see the van doctor soon and he helps quickly.

Shalom in Christ!

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June 2019

Hello dear friends,

Attached is the PDF file with some news from Vladimir, Russia. Please read and pray when you have few minutes.
May the Lord's will be done. We love you and appreciate you very much!

Thank you, thank you!

Pasha, family, CCV.

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April 2019

Hello dear friends,

Attached is a PDF file with recent life's developments on this side of the globe. Thank you so much for your prayers.
May the Lord keep you and bless you!


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April 2018

Hello dear friends.

Attached is the latest news from your Russian brother.

I would greatly appreciate if you found 5 minutes to read and pray for us.

May the Lord richly bless your families and churches!

Sincerely in Christ's love,

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December 2017

Hello dear friends. This is Pasha from Russia.

I am sending some news about the most recent things of life and plans for things to come.
Please pray for us.
Pasha and friends.

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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,

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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!

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