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Property was given by the government
to the Good News Church – Gospel House of Naberezhnye Chelny, Russia to
construct a mega church building. The
congregation cannot afford to do it! They need HELP!
The government’s architectural
commission designed the church with blueprints at no cost. The challenge is
that the permits expire at the end of 2018.
Assemblies of God World Missions and the Pentecostal Union of Russia
opened the doored for Builders International to be the “boots on the ground” for
this project. There are no resident AG
missionaries in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia.
Naberezhnye Chelny is a modern city
of more than 500,000 people which is one thousand miles east of Moscow. Forty years ago the small village was transformed
by the government into an industrial center. The government planned this with
space for religious purposes. One of those properties was given to the
The church property is located on the
riverfront among high rise apartment buildings at a major intersection leading
to the city center. The nearby business
district offers superb restaurants, a hotel, school and large park with
recreational and event center. Excellent
public transportation exists. A future trolley is to be built in the near
future. A modern airport serves the city.
The People and the
Muslims compose about 90% of the
population. About 40% of the people are
Russian who came to the city for work. The other 60% are from an Unreached
People Group, the Tatar. Evangelicals
are about one-half percent of the residents. Cultural events take place on park
property near the church.
truck manufacturing company in Russia is located in the city. Almost all families live in apartment
buildings. Alcohol, poverty, inflation,
homeless adults, forgotten senior adults, and street children are issues the
church deals with on a daily basis. The
congregation is comprised of about 500 people, and they are using temporary
buildings on the property for worship and ministry. The church will provide
about 2/3 of the construction cost. Your
help is needed to fund the other portion.
Please consider giving online by clicking the donate button.
Scope of the Project
Phase 1: Foundation and Basement – Completed October, 2016
Phase 2: Walls and Partitions for
First and Second Floor – Construction goal for 2017
International has set a goal of $150,000 to provide assistance to the Good News
Church. The challenge is to have the funds on hand for the construction season
which begins mid-May, 2017.
teams from the USA are not permitted to go at the present time. This is due to the enactment of new laws by
the Russian government relating to missions work. Our recommendation is to contact our office
for the latest details if you would like to serve with this project.
Phase 3: Roof -- 50,000 square-foot building –
Faith goal for 2017
Phase 4: Interior – Completion by December, 2018
In order to build, we need team members to come alongside these efforts. No one should be expected to work alone, and that includes our missionaries in the field. Builders International is in place to come alongside them and be a network of teams and resources to help complete these projects and move them toward greater effectiveness in their area. For this to happen we need more people to pick up a hammer, to make the leap to the other side of the world, and to enjoy the life changing experience of being a part of the team. Sign up now to get away and start your international adventure.
ul. Belyaeva, 84 Naberezhnye Chelny, Tatarstan Russian
Available locally as needed.
Standard tools recommended (tape, tool belt, hammer, etc), tools available locally.
Communicated as needed per team.
As you extend your financial resources to this project, you not only meet the need in this area, but provide great encouragement to the missionaries and people working toward this effort. The effect is widespread. Not only does it make a huge impact on those directly involved, but it ripples out and penetrates deep into the surrounding community. When our hearts are moved together to do something, giving is a natural response. We give of our time, ourselves, our skill, our physical abilities and of our financial resources. In unique cases like this, the dividends are huge and make lasting changes. Thank you for sharing what you've been given!
UPDATE Concerning Religious Persecution:
Hello Brother Carley,
You remember the brother from the Nizhnekamsk church was sued for distributing
Christian tracts in the Tatar language. The church hired a lawyer who defended
Damir in the court. The judge eventually took the side of Damir, and we won! We
thank the Lord for His blessing and protection, and you for your prayers.
You can read more from my other messages below. Vasily Evchik
The Nizhnekamsk City Prosecutor has issued his Judgment in the case of an administrative offense concerning a Christian who worked as a taxi driver and witnessed about his faith to his clients. He distributed tracts in both Russian and Tatar languages based on his own convictions. However the General Prosecutor Office made a mistake in its decision that he was guilty of the administrative offence according to the Article 5.26 of the Part 4 of the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offenses "Breach of the legislation on freedom of conscience, freedom of religion and religious associations". The General Prosecutor Office has handed the case to the Court. The Lawyer paid the Court's attention to the fact that according to the Article 28 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation: Everyone shall be guaranteed the freedom of conscience, the freedom of religion, including the right to profess individually or together with other any religion or to profess no religion at all, to freely choose, possess and disseminate religious and other views and act according to them.
According to the Item 1 of the Article 3 of the Federal Law 125-FZ "About Freedom of Conscience and Religious Associations": Freedom of conscience and freedom of religion shall be guaranteed in the Russian Federation, including the right to confess any or no religion by an individual or by a group of individuals, to conduct religious services or any religious ceremonies and rites, to carry out the teaching of religion or religious education, to freely choose and change as well as to have and disseminate religious and other convictions, and to act according to them, as well as to create new religious associations.
Thus, the lawyer insisted that the aforementioned citizen was acting within the limits of the Constitutional norm when he expressed his own private convictions which can not and should not be conditioned by the legislating of his actions by any religious association, otherwise the Constitutional freedom of the citizen D. would depend on his membership of a religious organization or on the will of a third party, which is against Constitution. Since the citizen was carrying out his constitutional right of religion outside of any religious association, he could not be doing a missionary activities by definition.
The Court has heard the reasoning of the lawyer and cancelled the Judgment in the case of an administrative offense and ceased the proceedings on the case.
Six months ago, May 2016, I visited the construction site of the Good News Church. I did not see much had changed from the time of my first visit in 2003. Today, the foundation is complete. The basement is finished along with the floor of the first story. I am rejoicing! God has answered my prayer for progress.
The photo below, tells the story of the working conditions.
The financial goal is to raise $150,000 by May 15, 2017.
Update of the construction happening at the Tatarstan Church
We plan to finish the basement stage by October 10, 2016.
After October 20 2016, we plan to start construction of the first above ground level of the church building.
Thank you for your help! It is appreciated and valued!
In July, Herb Parker, Ed Schneider and Steve Levick went to
Naberezhnye Chelny, Russia, on a Builders International team.Their visit came just after the new Russian
laws restricting evangelism with other ramifications came into effect.Therefore they, because of visa restrictions were
limited in their capacity to serve.
You can view the advancements that are being made with the
project. The video is on this site.
In his own words to his church, Brother Vasiliy shared,
“Dear Brothers and Sisters! We have to make more efforts in order to continue
construction process! We can do many things ourselves! It was like this last
week, when our brothers did the work at the site with their own hands, not
construction workers, but we ourselves did some works…they worked at the
southern part of the building.”
The income was from 44 people who gave a total of $569.
All the church family is involved in giving to move the
project forward.They are asked to collect waste
paper and then it is sold for 4 1/2 cents per 2.2 pounds or 3 rubles.This touches my heart as I remember doing the
same for project in my church as you man. (I saw their collection
Therefore please pray for the congregation
that God will bless their finances to bless the church. Also, please consider a
regular donation until this project is completed. The dollar is very strong in
Russia right now.Builders’ goal is to
transfer an offering each month for the project.
Thanks to your generosity, the first financial goal of $25,000 has been met and work is now underway for the 2016 construction season!
The next goal to see work continue on track is to raise $30,000 by August 5, 2016. These funds will pay workers who continue to lay the brick for the exterior and interior walls. As well, the floor will be placed for the second level.
A team will b on site in mid-October to review the progress that has occurred during the 2016 construction season, as well as to cast the vision for the 2017 construction season. If you would like to join us, find out more at: https://buildersintl.org/events/legacy-team-russia-2/
The Good News Church is located in the city of Naberezhnye
Chelny (Chelny) in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. It is about 1,000 miles east of Moscow. The population of Tatarstan is
predominately composed of the Tatar people group with majority being Muslim. The Tatar people have been identified
as an unreached people group.
Chelny is a
city of 500,000 people, in an industrial city known for the very large factory
that produces trucks. As a planned city, the people live in large apartment
buildings. The foot print is small compared to western standards. Public transportation is very
accessible for travel around the city. It is the hub for the regions cultural
celebrations for the Tatar people.
The Good News Church was founded by its current pastor, Vasiliy
Evchik, about 20 years ago. He and
his wife Raisa have five sons. He is the bishop of a group of 24 churches in
the Republic of Tatarstan and is one of Bishops of the Pentecostal Union of
Russia. He has found favor with the local government leaders.
The local government has given to Good News Church (1) Choice property, (2) architectural
design and blueprints with all schematics for utilities, (3) permits for all
construction phases, and (4) permanent tax exception for the property. This is a miracle but the challenge is
that church has been under construction for the past 12 years.
Bricklaying phase of construction begins May 25, 2016 and continues for 20 weeks. The workers hired are from the local community and work fro a company who has carries the work permit. We'll keep you up to speed on project updates here!
The cost to hire one worker is about 9,000 Rubles ($125 USD). Currently the US Dollar is strong and is going further to complete this project!
The construction of the building is projected for fall of 2018.
The first legacy team will depart on Monday. Soon we will have an update with some photos and comments by those who are traveling.
We have learned much as this team has been put together. We will have another trip in October.