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Homosexual rights activists gain influence in public schools (10/17/04)

Church’s prayer births children’s ministry (10/17/04)

Partner program revitalizes dying church (10/10/04)

Church music festival attracts variety of visitors (10/10/04)

Churches urge compassion for alienated smokers (9/19/04)

Youth ride wooden waves in church parking lots (9/12/04)

A/G, COGIC join forces through inner-city campus (9/12/04)

Christians respond to victimized women and children (8/29/04)

Growing slavic church shares new facility (8/29/04)

Couple embarks on capitol prayer tour (8/29/04)

ADHD requires multifaceted treatment approach (8/22/04)

Small congregation grows — by planting churches (8/22/04)

‘Under God’ stays in Pledge of Allegiance, at least for now (8/8/04)

Church reaches out to those feeling loss (8/8/04)

Churches act pre-emptively to reduce risk of abuse (7/25/04)

Credit cards ensnare record number of Americans (7/25/04)

Church helps out with donated CD, recycled buses (7/25/04)

New wave of pastors minister to emerging adults (7/18/04)

‘Walking Witnesses’ raise thousands for missions (7/18/04)

Healing center offers alternative medicine (7/18/04)

Growing number of Hispanics impact economy (7/11/04)

'Busy' couple finds time for compassion ministry (7/11/04)

Hand-copied Bible leaves 40-year legacy (7/11/04)

Pastor ends hunger strike when strip club promises to sell (6/27/04)

‘Military survival kit’ requests inundate A/G (6/27/04)

Fourth of July outreach draws thousands (6/27/04)

Drivers warned to steer clear of distractions (6/27/04)

Pastors face more counseling demands (6/20/04)

Church uses touch of ‘flavor’ to reach community (6/20/04)

Outrageous self-expression often starts, stops at home (6/13/04)

Runner raises $5,200 for Convoy of Hope (6/13/04)

Euphemisms tempt Christians to conveniently shed sin, guilt (5/30/04)

Funds for Easter play buy groceries instead (5/30/04)

Identity theft threatens millions of Americans (5/23/04)

Spanish speakers face challenges, opportunities in United States culture (5/16/04)

Health experts implore Americans to get fit (5/9/04)

Leaders say Christian faith stems recidivism (4/25/04)

Riders feel at home in Orlando sanctuary (4/18/04)

Churches try to keep human touch with new media (4/11/04)

Christians see Passion as ministry opportunity (3/28/04)

Tutoring improves lives, opens doors for evangelism (3/21/04)

Cybertheft costly — especially for Christians (3/14/04)

A/G women seize new ministry opportunities (2/29/04)

Investment in early spiritual maturity reaps rewards (2/22/04)

Christian families respond to foster care opportunities (2/15/04)

Childless couples grapple with emotional roller coaster, faith challenges (2/8/04)

Few men seek help from abortion grief, guilt (1/18/04)

Women who answer God's call provide valuable local ministries (1/11/04)


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Growing slavic church shares new facility

By Isaac Olivarez (8/29/04)

Five years ago, Pastor Viktor Prokhor began Life Christian Church in Tacoma, Wash., with 13 people. Today the Assemblies of God Slavic congregation has swelled to more than 500 people.

The church recently formed a unique ministry partnership, purchasing a new worship center from North Shore Assembly of God for $1.7 million, thanks to a loan from A/G Financial. Nearly 1,000 people attended Life Christian Church’s building dedication in May.

Life Christian Church is allowing North Shore A/G to use the 15,000-square-foot facility for weekly services while that congregation searches for another meeting site.

“We don’t have a language barrier because we’re worshipping the same God,” says North Shore Senior Pastor Patrick Hogan, noting his congregation meets in a classroom while the Slavic congregation is in the sanctuary.

Prokhor, who estimates there are nearly 10,000 Slavic people in Tacoma, says the facility is an answer to prayer. Churchgoers are in the building nearly every day, whether it’s for youth services, choir practice or volunteers completing projects around the church.

Life Christian Church has grown, Prokhor says, because congregants appreciate the liberty they have to worship God freely in the United States.

“In past years they went through persecution because they didn’t have the possibility to be in church in the Soviet Union,” Prokhor says. “In America they have freedom and are hungry to accept the Word of God.”

Which is why Prokhor emphasizes the congregation’s appreciation of freedom when it comes to use of the building.

“This facility does not belong to us,” says Prokhor, who served as director of the Kiev Bible Institute in Ukraine for three years before coming to the United States in 1998. “This is God’s house and we dedicated it for Him and want to use it for His kingdom.”

Hogan says sharing a facility is a great way to promote the importance of ethnic diversity. “God is going to have a kingdom of all different nations, tribes and tongues,” Hogan says. “If we can’t follow His example here on earth, how will we do it anywhere else?”

The United States is home to 4 million Russian-speaking people, most of whom have made the move in the past decade. The U.S. Slavic population is more than the populations of Estonia, Latvia, Armenia and Lithuania, four of the 15 nations that once constituted the former Soviet Union.

The Tacoma church has an active youth group of 100 students — 15 of whom recently returned from a missions trip to Ukraine — and it supports six missionaries in Ukraine and two in Russia.

The growing Slavic congregation is part of the A/G’s Slavic Fellowship that has grown from two churches at its inception in 2002 to more than 20 today, plus a Bible school that meets at Capital Christian Center in Sacramento, Calif.

James K. Bridges, general treasurer of the Assemblies of God, says the growing number of Slavic people in the United States is a blessing — and a tremendous opportunity.

“Each church must be aware of the growth of ethnic groups in their community and develop strategies to reach out to all people regardless of culture,” says Bridges, who preached at the dedication service.

 

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