“You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness.” (Ephesians 4:4-6, MSG)
Led by NYI President Sasha Lyansburg-Ferns, and missionary, Joseph Sumi, a group of ten CIS youth leaders organized a Nazarene Youth Conference which took place in Tsakhkadzor, Armenia, in July. Over a hundred young people from six CIS countries – Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Armenia and two countries in Central Asia – got together for worship and fellowship.
Considering the political events of the last two years, the tension between Russia and Ukraine, and (peaceful) protests in Yerevan, Armenia, right before the conference, one major concern was whether the youth would be able as Christians to rise above these political issues and live out their identity in Christ, and spend time together in worship and fellowship. With so many people praying for it, God answered the prayers, and there were no barriers at all.
“In these five days of the youth conference, God has reminded me that Christ has defeated the powers of this world on His cross and our God is much stronger than the one who is trying to divide us,” said Davide Cantarella, speaker at the conference as well as a missionary on the CIS Field.