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We arrived in Angarsk on Saturday around 1pm. We were informed by Bro. Latavrin that we would have a service at 4pm and then on Sunday morning at 11am and another service at 6pm. I am thankful for theses opportunities to preach and fellowship with the saints here. Of course, Bro. Renat my translator, is now wondering how he is going to hold out with this schedule. We arrived at the flat of the Brother where we will be staying to find another delicious Russian meal waiting for us. We had not eaten anything since breakfast, so we were all ready to eat. We had a few minutes to refresh ourselves and then to the meeting house.
Angarsk is a large city with a population of over 250,000 and a lot of old buildings. Of all the buildings we have met in, the meeting house at Angarsk is in the worse condition. Of course the house where Bro. Vil's church meets is in bad condition also, but they are in the process of building a new building, thanks to the efforts of Bro. Jeff Harris and the church at Temple, TX. The house here at Angarsk is old and is sinking into the ground! Bro. Latavrin is a building contractor and knows construction work very well but the problem is the lack of funds to make any repairs. He has informed us that the house sits over an old septic tank that is collapsing. They have considered buying property elsewhere but the cost is very high and the congregation is small. He says that before any repairs can be made on this building, he must present plans to the city that includes removing the old septic tank. This makes the cost of repairs even more expensive. This church is in great need of a better meeting place.
In the past, this congregation was a registered Baptist Union Church with a membership of about sixty people. The pastor is a Russian Baptist Union Seminary graduate and could pastor a large Baptist Union church. However, he choose to leave the Union and so the church is the un-registered independent Primitive Baptist Church of Angarsk. They have lost several members, yet there is no complaint from the pastor or the congregation. They have chosen to be faithful to Jesus Christ.
We arrived at the meeting house and were greeted by some church members that we have come to know well. This is my eighth trip to Siberia and these saints are all old friends by now. While we can not speak their language, there is an international language of smiles and hugs that removes the barriers. Following prayer and the singing of a couple of hymns, Pastor Latavrin invited me to the pulpit. I spoke from Psalms 12, “Help Lord, for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.” I spoke about how this psalm comes from a man who had been strong in the face of many enemies, but now he cries for help. The reason for his cry was the ungodly behavior of others.
Then we have the promise of the Lord and the assurance of His words. After the service we returned to our flat to get ready for the services on the Lord's Day.
Sunday, August 5
The attendance for our morning service was larger that yesterday. I spoke from Hebrews chapter twelve and verses 1-2 on “The Joy of the Cross.” The Lord was pleased to give me liberty and the saints seemed to enjoy the message. There seems to be a good spirit in this church. At 6pm we returned for the evening service and I continued speaking from the twelfth chapter of Hebrews on warnings and encouragements from God. After the service we loaded up and headed for our flat back in Markovo.
July 15, 2003 Today we take our departure from Chernigov, Ukraine and begin our travels on to Kursk, Russia where we will be with Bro. Sergi, Makismov until July 21. Plans are for me to lead in some Bible studies with some friends of Bro. Sergi...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Dear Fellow saints, On June 24th, Ruth and I will leave for a seven week trip to Ukraine and Russia, the Lord willing. Our plans are to spend some time in Ukraine working with Pastor Alex and the church in Chernigov. They are having some very...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Jan. 28, 2013 Dear fellow saints, Today, I received an email from Pastor Alex in Chernigov, Ukraine, with pictures of the saints in Chernigov receiving the items we sent to them in the container. Bro. Alex had notified me last week that the...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
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Beginning with the message on January 1, I began a study in the Book of Revelation. I will be doing this in a two-fold method. First, I will be putting our expository sermon from the text on sermonaudio.com . Second, I will put my study notes on...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
The news from State College, PA and Penn State University is all tragic. It is the manifestation of human depravity in all its ugly forms. It is the product of depravity and paganism that permeates our society. Depravity, because all sinful...[ abbreviated | read entire ]