History of Protestant Church in Klin, Russia

These are words were of Samuel, God's prophet, the judge of Israel, a priest.

He said that setting a stone up, named Ebenezer as a sign of victory of Israelites over
Philistines. Looking now at a new building of a Klin's church, we should repeat these
words as a sign of the victory of the Holy Spirit over evil power, which tried to
prevent us from raising up a God' temple and this victory became possible only
because we. As Samuel did. " DID NOT STOP CRYING TO THE LORD; OUR GOD..."

We had so many obstacles and the main of them were a spiritual ones: unbelief or lack
of trust to God, impurity, dissensions, fits of rage, jealousy, lack of love. But we should
have the fruit of the Spirit which is: 'love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness." ( Gal.5:22) Let these fruits of Holy Spirit reveal himself in our new church
building, and most of all in the hearts of believers, any visitors of the church and
inhabitants of Klin for the Glory of God! The life of Christian, as well as life of the
church, is full of a spiritual struggle, because the enemy of the people's souls, satan is
a destroyer, he always resists to God's plan of salvation, which is given to all people by
the great love and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. The history of the church is an
evidence of this struggle but also is an evidence of a great God's blessings.

The very first group of Evangelical Christians in Klin began to assemble for prayer
meetings in 1944. Brothers and sisters had their gatherings at private homes. There
were about 20 people. It was a difficult time not only for believers but for the whole
country. The authorities treated believers as a people of a 2-nd class. Former Pastor of
Leningrad Church Brother Sergey Fadukhin used to tell in his memories that he was
denied a permission to go to defend the country during the 2-nd World War, to shed
the blood just only because he was a Christian. It meant that he was not a reliable
person by their opinion. That is just an illustration of persecutions and difficulties to
spread a Good News at those years. I suppose, that historians of the church in Russia
will evaluate and describe the situation during those years much better in future.

Unfortunately, we do not have any information or much witness about the life of the
church in Klin during that period of time. I was obliged to collect the facts little by
little. Spiritual life of our church in 50’s was under a big influence of the Pentecostal
movement: there were a Pentecostal and evangelical Christian groups in one
congregation. Although we had a prayer meetings all together but, each group had
its own leader: Pentecostals - Simon Makarov, and Kuzma Volkov, Evangelical Christians
- Alexander Samokhvalov.

Finally, the congregation was divided in 2 parts which had their separate meetings.
The church as a legal unit (I mean both groups) had no state registration.
Persecutions, punishments (fines) took place, but we have no much witness about it.
Generally speaking the situation in Klin was a very typical for the whole country: the
church was not registered, but authorities were aware of it and knew about their
illegal meetings, from time to time punishing them. It should be taken into
consideration that there were no Sunday school, youth groups and children in the
church. The same situation lasted up to  1967, when finally church was registered.
The pentecostal group, knowing that, decided to join our church again. By the way,
it has happened that the registration played a positive role in this case helping to unite
2 groups, although usually was just opposite. In Klin both groups began to look for
the place for worship services and started to gather at private house of sister Anna
Yevdokimova, who sold the house to the church later.

Before 1973 there were following brothers as Pastors:
    -Samokhvalov Alexander
    -Inochkin Vladimir
    -Matiukhin Peter

The Chairman of a church Council was Br. Baburkin Vladimir, who helped a lot in
collecting papers for registration of a Prayer House. The house itself had to be
remodeled, there were no heating system (used a coal to heat) and the water was
brought from outside, from the street.

In 1972 Br. Baburkin has left the church. Together with him a group of believers also
left the church. They started regular prayer meetings at homes. The reason was (or
one of the reasons) a disagreement of those 2 groups about the gifts of Holy Spirit.
Unfortunately there were divisions also in other churches, though Christ says: "That all
of them may be one" (John 17-21).

In 1973 Br. Polosukhin Jakob became a Pastor in Klin's church up to 1992.
Since 1975 Br. Sokolov Anatoliy served as a minister in Klin's church, then in 1989 he
was elected as a 2-nd Pastor and in 1992 he became a main Pastor and he is serving
as a Pastor at present time. For a long time there were no baptism of a new people in
the church.

In 1980 we had the 1-st baptism in our church. It was a year of 1980 Olympic Games
in the Moscow and we were not allowed to perform a baptism in the river "Sister",
which is near by the church. We were forced to go deep in the forest, to find some
sort of a pond to baptize 8 new Church members.

Because 1988 was a year of the Millennium of Christianity in Russia we were allowed to
hold a 1-st evangelistic public meeting in the city. Since that time we had many
evangelistic meetings, presented a film "Jesus", worked in hospitals, nursery houses,
orphanages, distributed a lot of Christian literature.

In 1976 the group of Pentecostal believers left our church, and in 1989 another
group of believers split from the church, and started a new church in Povarovo, which
has become our sister church and we helped them in organizing a prayer meetings
and shared a humanitarian aid with them. Also in 1990 we have started another
church in Vysokovsk after evangelistic campain there. Pastor of this church is Br.
Karpekin Peter.

That's in brief is history of the church in Klin.  When people were leaving the church,
some members were concern and worried that the total membership would decrease,
but what happened was just opposite: the congregation began to grow, and many
new Church members were baptized.
God really blessed us!

In 1990 we improved the old building, installed the heating system, water supply,
phone lines.

Our church began to receive a humanitarian aid not only for a members of the church
but also for local hospitals, nursery houses, orphanages in Klin city and vicinity. About 5
years we were able to feed elderly (needy) people in Klin. Membership increased in 3
times to 120 members.
Our Sunday school worked very actively with about 40 kids. In 1995 -1998 our
children were able to visit Christian camps in Sweden, Finland, visited other churches in
Moscow district. From 1992 up to 1997 we baptized - total of 77 people.

In 1996 we decided to build a new church. We got all permissions and started to dig
a foundation in 1997.

Church construction took 5 years, and now we can see a beautiful building, a true
miracle, which has been built in very difficult time, and is proven to be built by God
Himself. It was so difficult, almost impossible,  but God helped us! Indeed, nothing is
impossible to God!

I would like to express our deep gratitude to the Klin city administration, which was
very helpful. We did overcome all difficulties with God's help. However, not everybody
was supportive, or agreed with us when we started a project and even left the
church. But before we started, we really wanted to know God's will. We prayed 6
month and received an answer, understood the will of God. God Himself blessed us
and we can see this very clearly now. During these years we experienced many

Praise God!

Let this temple be filled with the saved souls who would glorify the Lord.