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Russia | Alexander Krivoy, Head of the Information Department of the SDA Church in Bender

The Pathfinder and Adventurer Clubs held a ministry meeting in the church in Bendery on November 20, 2021, and together led the Sabbath worship service. As never before, the church was able to witness the power of the gospel in the lives of the growing generation of God's workers. 

Some people traveled from Chisinau and Tiraspol to be a part of this special Sabbath dedicated to the youth and it warmed the hearts of many to see so many young believers actively participating and sharing their faith.

Each of the clubs performed musical works for the glory of God, read poems, and acted out biblical scenes. Young boys and girls talked about their projects, plans, and hopes for the future. 

Special guests at the service included: the head of the club ministry, Svetlana Bashmakova and the Director of the Youth department of the UMC, Robert Lyakhu.

During the morning's sermon, Pastor Robert Lahu shared some thoughts from the book of James and emphasized the importance of daily Bible study and being wise in the Lord. Svetlana Bashmakova held a dedication ministry for candidates of the Adventurers and Pathfinders Clubs. The new members shared the law and the promise of the club and Svetlana tied a tie for each one as a hallmark of their belonging to the huge Adventist youth movement.

Particularly pleasant news for the church was the formation of the first UMC club, "Ambassador", which consists of 11 young people aged 16 to 21 years old. The head of the youth ministry of the UMC, Robert Lyahu, noted the importance of such a ministry among young people and also distributed plans of their personal ministry and commemorative badges to all participants. The main activity of the club is an in-depth study of the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy, as well as dedicated service to the people around them.

In the atmosphere of a call to dedicate one's life to God for the ministry, a joint sermon was delivered by the Pastor of the Bendery community, Burak Konstantin Ivanovich and the Pathfinders of the Solomon club. At the end of the sermon, the call was "Who will go for God?", and many Pathfinders and Adventurers responded to the call with the words "I will go!"

The members of the church were sincerely glad that the work of God was developing and being passed on to the next generation. A dinner was organized for all guests, where they could communicate in an informal setting and share their experiences and plans for the future. After that, the guests and young people visited the public organization "World of Equal Opportunities" and its leader Dmitry Kuzuk. Here they sang several Psalms, recited poems, and presented delicious gifts to the members of the organization.

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At the end of the conversation, all the young people visited the Bendery Fortress, where they could see beautiful views of the sunset against the backdrop of the Dniester and Alexander Nevsky Park.

Leading youth of the Bendery community prepared an interesting quest for Pathfinders and Adventurers. At different points, the children had to complete different tasks and receive letters, from which they had to collect the code word "Jerusalem" and receive a prize from the pastor.

Seeing such activity of various clubs and youth in the church, I would like to repeat the words of Christ, “having called them, He said: let the children come to Me and do not forbid them, for [of] such is the Kingdom of God” (Luke 18:16).

This article was originally published on the Euro-Asia Division’s news site.