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My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by mushroomFarm: 1:46pm On Jun 04, 2023
This is not my first time attending the church here in Yakutsk, Russia (world's coldest city where I study) but I have decided to share my experience about church service in Russia (Yakutsk) with you guys today.
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This city is 8 hours ahead of Nigeria which means we had concluded the service long before you guys woke up. But my university invited international students to a special program today so I couldn't post this until now.
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The service begins with songs.
Yakutians and Russians dance and wave flags.
For instance they wave the red flag to symbolize salvation, white to symbolize peace and the flag of Israel to show love for the birth place of Christ.
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After series of songs the bible is read and the junior pastor say a few things about the verse that is read.
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Then the senior pastor would preach the sermon.
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After which we hug each other grin shocked now I love this part๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜ and I try to avoid the men and hug the ladies...๐Ÿ˜
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After this we go to the dinning room and eat.
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This is what I love most about the church here. There is nothing like offering and tithe. But we eat heavily every Sunday!
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The first time I arrived here in Yakutsk and went to church, there was this lady that came to me after service and asked me if I am not cold (I didn't have winter clothes yet) she told me even if I were not cold then, I would feel terribly cold when the winter gets tough. She took me to the stores in her car and bought me winter clothes, winter boots, mufflers, winter gloves, etc.
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This is the coldest city in the world and those clothes are needed for survival. Infact even with those clothes, at minus 63 degrees you must not stay outside for more than 30mins to an hour. You would be finished!! (So imagine not having those clothes)
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Her name is sister Natalia and she is so nice (and other people from church too) to the point that I was beginning to wonder if something else was not involved. grin grin
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One day I asked her why she does those things and how the church is able to finance feeding everyone every Sunday without taking offerings.
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She said some people in the church makes secret donations...to do those things. She said they are not rich, they are just reciprocation the love of Christ. She said a brother from church also give enough money to buy winter clothes for every new African student in the city! Those clothes cost about 250k in Nigerian money.
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I can say that 30% of our feeding here is financed by the church. They send us chickens and meat from time to time. Lots of cucumbers, vegetables, rice and potatoes...
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The church believes when people come to the presence of Christ, they should be physically blessed just like Christ fed his multitudes. They have up to 20 varieties of food and they often force us to pack food home. They say if we do not go with the food, they would get spoilt anyway. They make them in excess every Sunday so that no one would go without being filled.
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Sisters in church are very free with boys (including internationals like us) they hug us like we are truly brothers and the women often hug and give us kisses on the cheek (reciprocating the love of Christ)
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The preacher is a woman. She is Ukrainian. The church here does not preach hell at all. Quiet weird. They only talk about the love of Christ. Little wonder it really shows in everyone of them.
You could easily mistake the friendliness of everyone in church for 'love interests' they show that love tooooooo much.
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Women and men should leave their head uncovered in church. No one would send you out if you do otherwise. But that is the norm here.
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Korean girls in church wear very skimpy dresses. No one seems bothered about it.
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Below is a video of a choreography performed by some of the teenagers in church.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArvoUvgSbGc
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First picture is the preacher.
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Second picture is with me with my American classmate and a Korean girl(after church)
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Third picture is me with sister Natalia
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Re: My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by mushroomFarm: 1:49pm On Jun 04, 2023
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First picture: Personal bible verse for the week
Second picture: Some of the food from church
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Third picture: church dinning room
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I have read the comments. My American coursemate is Originally from Chile (South America) Then she lived in America for a while. Either ways, she is still an American...Naturalization and continent. Fun fact. She has a selfie with Lionel Messi.

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For people who are wondering why she thinks Russia is safe for her. Let me quickly tell you that realities on the ground are different from what you see in the Media. Russia does not witch hunt. If you are arrested in Russia, it would be for crimes you committed and not for crimes of your government. Americans live here peacefully just like many Russians live in America peacefully.
Fun fact 2: Her studies are fully paid for by the Russian government.

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Re: My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by ariesbull: 1:52pm On Jun 04, 2023
mushroomFarm:
This is not my first time attending the church here in Yakutsk, Russia (world's coldest city where I study) but I have decided to share my experience about church service in Russia (Yakutsk) with you guys today.
.
This city is 8 hours ahead of Nigeria which means we had concluded the service long before you guys woke up. But my university invited international students to a special program today so I couldn't post this until now.
.
The service begins with songs.
Yakutians and Russians dance and wave flags.
For instance they wave the red flag to symbolize salvation, white to symbolize peace and the flag of Israel to show love for the birth place of Christ.
.
After series of songs the bible is read and the junior pastor say a few things about the verse that is read.
.
.
Then the senior pastor would preach the sermon.
.
After which we hug each other grin shocked now I love this part๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜ and I try to avoid the men and hug the ladies...๐Ÿ˜
.
.
After this we go to the dinning room and eat.
.
This is what I love most about the church here. There is nothing like offering and tithe. But we eat heavily every Sunday!
.
.
The first time I arrived here in Yakutsk and went to church, there was this lady that came to me after service and asked me if I am not cold (I didn't have winter clothes yet) she told me even if I were not cold then, I would feel terribly cold when the winter gets tough. She took me to the stores in her car and bought me winter clothes, winter boots, mufflers, winter gloves, etc.
.
.
This is the coldest city in the world and those clothes are needed for survival. Infact even with those clothes, at minus 63 degrees you must not stay outside for more than 30mins to an hour. You would be finished!! (So imagine not having those clothes)
.

.
Her name is sister Natalia and she is so nice (and other people from church too) to the point that I was beginning to wonder if something else was not involved. grin grin
.
.
One day I asked her why she does those things and how the church is able to finance feeding everyone every Sunday without taking offerings.
.
.
She said some people in the church makes secret donations...to do those things. She said they are not rich, they are just reciprocation the love of Christ. She said a brother from church also give enough money to buy winter clothes for every new African student in the city! Those clothes cost about 250k in Nigerian money.
.
.
I can say that 30% of our feeding here is financed by the church. They send us chickens and meat from time to time. Lots of cucumbers, vegetables, rice and potatoes...
.
.
The church believes when people come to the presence of Christ, they should be physically blessed just like Christ fed his multitudes. They have up to 20 varieties of food and they often force us to pack food home. They say if we do not go with the food, they would get spoilt anyway. They make them in excess every Sunday so that no one would go without being filled.
.
.
Sisters in church are very free with boys (including internationals like us) they hug us like we are truly brothers and the women often hug and give us kisses on the cheek (reciprocating the love of Christ)
.
.
The preacher is a woman. She is Ukrainian. The church here does not preach hell at all. Quiet weird. They only talk about the love of Christ. Little wonder it really shows in everyone of them.
You could easily mistake the friendliness of everyone in church for 'love interests' they show that love tooooooo much.
.
Women and men should leave their head uncovered in church. No one would send you out if you do otherwise. But that is the norm here.
.
Korean girls in church wear very skimpy dresses. No one seems bothered about it.
.
.
Below is a video of a choreography performed by some of the teenagers in church.
.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArvoUvgSbGc
.
First picture is the preacher.
.

Second picture is with me with my American classmate and a Korean girl(after church)
.
Third picture is me with sister Natalia
.
.


You can't try that in Africa! They will milk you dry with tithes

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Re: My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by mushroomFarm: 1:53pm On Jun 04, 2023
First picture: Another picture with my American classmate.
Second picture: salads from church
Third picture: flag of Nigeria and some other countries flying high at Ammosov North Eastern federal university stadium, Yakutsk, Russia.

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Re: My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by mushroomFarm: 1:56pm On Jun 04, 2023
First picture: A very sweet snack they served us in church. The sweetness is out of this world!!!
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Second picture: me posing as a doctor in church.
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Third picture: me coming back from church.

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Re: My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by IgbosNIGHTMARE: 1:58pm On Jun 04, 2023
Chai grin
See fine girls cheesy

I must knack Russian girls one day and I'll do all it takes.
I'm tired of these lazy, broke, greedy and lying cheating oloshos so-called girlfriends.

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Re: My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by mushroomFarm: 2:01pm On Jun 04, 2023
First picture: second servings of food at church
Second picture: me in church (dining room) don't mind my hair. I can't cut it because it makes me over #200k in naira each month grin grin grin (as an advertisement actor or actor in short movie shoots. Oyinbos love afro hair. My cap messed it up though.)

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Re: My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by Gbadebo19(m): 2:02pm On Jun 04, 2023
Shey no be church be dis? Unlike naija church where we keep sowing endless seeds with no hope of reaping. When are we ever going to reap the fruits of the seeds we have been sowing for ages? Things get even worse when mandates are stolen. Just Negodu!!!

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Re: My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by proff010: 2:12pm On Jun 04, 2023
Ok ooo. Africans are too wicked to ourselves.

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Re: My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by bewla(m): 2:13pm On Jun 04, 2023
Oluwa ti seyi

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Re: My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by Goodlady(f): 2:16pm On Jun 04, 2023
Life from a good side. I feel like crying if I should tell you what church in Nigeria is. Church that can't feed it's main members is saying they wanna evangelize or spread in a neighborhood or a state. They ll spread and later over spread that if one of them is in dire need of ordinary N50K, they ll be too poor to assist.
Why not spread a little so that your resources won't be overstretched. Afterall, the evangelism you are doing is meant for new areas and not a concentration in one place whereby it's now obvious parishes there exist for biz purpose.
Let's leave that side, I v heard a lot about good stuffs in Russia. What I dislike is the Putin invading Ukraine.
The body of Christ ll exercise patience to the bearest minimum with Ukraine.
They won't be the first to attack sef.
Islamists & Islamic countries are in love with how Russia is defying the west and attacking Ukraine. On this site, there are many lapdogs that do pro-Putin news to taunt the west.
Also, Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran said the fight is good news to them cos it's crusaders vs crusaders. Imagine that old Iranian mumu, agbaiya!
He even said Russia started crusades. Meaning, those eye service islamists no like Putin but are pushing him to fight the west knowing that one of them ll go down. One of them is that bald head fowl looking Turkish president, Teyrcip Erdogan. But Jehovah ll intervene.


In all, Russia is indeed beautiful.

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Re: My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by RoadMozart(m): 2:30pm On Jun 04, 2023
Russia just dey Hungry me angry undecided

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Re: My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by mushroomFarm: 2:30pm On Jun 04, 2023
Goodlady:
Life from a good side. I feel like crying if I should tell you what church in Nigeria is. Church that can't feed it's main members is saying they wanna evangelize or spread in a neighborhood or a state. They ll spread and later over spread that if one of them is in dire need of ordinary N50K, they ll be too poor to assist.
Why not spread a little so that your resources won't be overstretched. Afterall, the evangelism you are doing is meant for new areas and not a concentration in one place whereby it's now obvious parishes there exist for biz purpose.
Let's leave that side, I v heard a lot about good stuffs in Russia. What I dislike is the Putin invading Ukraine.
The body if Christ ll exercise patience to the nearest minimum with Ukraine.
They don't be the first to attack sef.
Islamists & Islamic countries are in love with how Russia is defying the west and attacking Ukraine.
Ayatollah Khomeini said the fight is good news to the cos it's crusaders vs crusaders. He even said Russia started crusades. Meaning, those eye service islamists no like Putin but are pushing him to fight the west knowing that one of them ll go down. One of them is that bald head fowl looking Turkish president, Teyrcip Erdogan. But Jehovah ll intervene.


In all, Russia is indeed beautiful.
Business men** who calls themselves pastors are the real problem of Christianity in Nigeria. It is truly sad.

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Re: My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by Nobody: 2:41pm On Jun 04, 2023
Nigeria church and hellfire preaching are like 5&6. I know RCCG use to feed people with Sandiness and Bread in one of their lekki branch , but it is time they win Guinness book of record by feeding 5000 people like Jesus did at once ... It is not about going to Jerusalem and be forming Pilgrims ...show his love.

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Re: My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by Nobody: 2:42pm On Jun 04, 2023
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Re: My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by Orrergon: 2:44pm On Jun 04, 2023
Hh
Re: My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by CuriousCart(f): 2:44pm On Jun 04, 2023
If you won't share your war/bunker experience in the future then don't bother.

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Re: My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by FalseProphet1(m): 2:44pm On Jun 04, 2023
I see myself going to Russia and meeting with Putin very soon, I see myself convincing him to end the war and make peace with the west, I see Putin taking my advice..

This I have seen.

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Re: My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by pandoragirigory: 2:45pm On Jun 04, 2023
6hhb
Re: My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by DeoGratias266: 2:45pm On Jun 04, 2023
Nice
Re: My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by Goodlady(f): 2:45pm On Jun 04, 2023
Space kept for counter attack!

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Re: My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by Raskimonojendor: 2:45pm On Jun 04, 2023
mushroomFarm:
First picture: Another picture with my American classmate.
Second picture: salads from church
Third picture: flag of Nigeria and some other countries flying high at Ammosov North Eastern federal university stadium, Yakutsk, Russia.
Your American class mate is brave staying in Russia. I have a western country passport but will never travel to countries not friendly to the west before I get used for bargaining chip.

IgbosNIGHTMARE:
Chai grin
See fine girls cheesy

I must knack Russian girls one day and I'll do all it takes
The dark haired pretty girl is American according to OP. She looks Indian (Punjabi).

sacajawea:
How come there are many Korean Girls on that particular part of Russia
Also , what makes them go to Church for that matter
Maybe North Korea since the country has good relationship with Russia..They might also be Siberian girls considering the location (North Russia). Native siberians look Korean/chinese.

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Re: My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by MANNABBQGRILLS: 2:45pm On Jun 04, 2023
JESUS IS LORD FOREVER AND EVER.

How we wish all Christians in our present world follow the teachings of Apostle Paul and out darling Lord and Saviour JESUS CHRIST.
But in this present world, some people that call themselves Christians have turned christianity on his head.

We remember the words of the Indian Bhuddist, Mahatma Ghandi that says

"I love their Christ but hate their Christians, because their Christians do not behave like their Christ"

Some Christians make people sayย bsย about Christianity.

Be Christ-like Guys.
Have a blessed Sunday y'all!

Hardebayo:

God bless you. Ravi Zacharias reiterated the quote in the conference he had days ago. God is not transactional in His dealings with us, God will remove veils of ignorance from us all. Amen.

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Re: My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by Sadaqiiiii: 2:46pm On Jun 04, 2023
It's well
Re: My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by Meditation01(m): 2:47pm On Jun 04, 2023
Meditation is the freeing of ourselves from all mental states and concepts of self.But it really begins with a focus,with a restraining of the life force or the life energy.So you look at your object of concentration for,say,45 minutes.Put a watch there,take out a clock,time yourself.Then,after you have done it for,let's say,45 minutes,if your time period is half an hour,and you've really tried just to see that one thing,to look at it-you can blink,you can shift your position a little bit if you need to-but then after you've done it for half your meditation,close your eyes and now do the same thing focusing on one of the three chakras,either the navel center,around the navel;the median center,which is in the center of the chest around the heart,or the third eye,which is between the eyebrows and a little bit above.
I recommend that you focus on these three centers in rotation.So Monday morning,do your navel center;Tuesday,the center of the chest;Wednesday,the third eye,which is between the eyebrows and a little bit above.

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Re: My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by MANNABBQGRILLS: 2:47pm On Jun 04, 2023
mushroomFarm:

Business men** who calls themselves pastors are the real problem of Christianity in Nigeria. It is truly sad.
Hmmmmmm, this is deep!

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Re: My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by Etosha: 2:48pm On Jun 04, 2023
Hehehehe
Re: My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by 700quintilion: 2:48pm On Jun 04, 2023
Mankind and religious beliefs. We are all one and the same race divided by many factors especially religion.

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Re: My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by damble: 2:48pm On Jun 04, 2023
Bro, I can categorically tell you there are some RCCG parishes that feed members after the church service on sundays....

Na some church members dey pay for the food you hate paying Tithe and offering for....

Your church in Russia preaches love and not hell... They know what people like hearing. Believe it or not, hell is real

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Re: My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by sacajawea: 2:48pm On Jun 04, 2023
How come there are many Korean Girls on that particular part of Russia
Also , what makes them go to Church for that matter
Re: My Experience With Church Service In Russia (Photos, Videos) by Meditation01(m): 2:49pm On Jun 04, 2023
Meditation is mind perceiving itself as mind,without qualities.That's perfect meditation.It's simply perfect mind.Meditation is not an action.It isn't something that you go and do.Rather,what it is,is just mind in it's perfect state,without qualities,without confusion.You don't have to go and meditate.That is mind.Mind is meditation.

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