Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Dear My Russian Readers, дорогие мои читатели, русские из вашего японского сестры во Христе

Я посвящаю этот пост для моей сестры Ирины и дорогих русских христиан .

Dear my Russian readers.

Hello. Thank you so much for visit. By His providence and also to my great joy, many Russian believers started to come to my blog! Oh, how happy I am! Today, I'd like to introduce to you several inspiring books which deal with Russian believers' testimonies. I was impressed by their steadfast faith and love to Jesus Christ. May our Lord bless you abundantly.

Это моя самая большая радость видеть вас на моем блоге. Я узнал от чтения книг , что там было так много замечательных верующих в России . В тяжелых гонений , они были верны до конца . Мы чтим их во имя Иисуса Christ.May Бога благословить вас и вашу семью в изобилии . от вашего японского сестры , Kinuko

So, here are some moving testimonies;

After accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior, Judith was compelled to leave her father's house, the young man to whom she was engaged and whom she loved dearly, her friends and her people. Her life, that henceforth was fully yielded and consecrated to the service of her Lord, found an end under the deadly blows of the swords of a group of soldiers following the Russian Bolshevik Revolution.
* Kegan and I highly recomment this book!


"True to the spirit of Russia's believers, this work gives a colorful and detailed description of faith 'underground.' But what makes it unique is the author's penetration of the soul of Russian belief — in so many ways dissimilar to western belief in God." —Leonid Maslennikov, Russian professor, James Madison University

Set in the early 1920s in the Ukraine, this book tells the true story of a Russian orphanage taken over by communists. Walter, formerly the children's leader in mischief-making, now led them in their secret worship services. They stood together in spite of persecution. Another inspiring account by the author of Judith.


Konshaubi is the story of a Circassian Muslim who grew up in the Caucasus Mountains in the middle of the 20th century when Soviet authorities were cracking down on religious freedom all over the USSR. As a boy, Konshaubi herded his family’s sheep in the lush green valleys of his ancestral homeland. One day while he was out with his sheep, he met a little old Russian man who told him about the shepherd David, the shepherd who had loved God and had written a song called “The Shepherd’s Psalm”. Intrigued, Konshaubi began attending Christian meetings and, in spite of fierce opposition from family members, gave his heart to Jesus Christ and was baptized.

Sadly, the registered Baptist church Konshaubi attended with his wife and children capitulated to the demands of Soviet authorities who forbade parents to teach their children about God. The spiritual life of the church slowly ebbed away until Konshaubi, along with other Christian brothers, became convicted of their sin in obeying the authorities instead of God. Konshaubi and a small group of other believers left the registered church and began to worship secretly together, including children and young people. Within six months, Konshaubi and six other Christian men were arrested. Konshaubi was sentenced to three years in prison.

It was in 1967, while Konshaubi was in prison, that he met Georgi Vins in a labor camp. Together, they started a tiny, but powerful secret church in that labor camp in the far north of Russia. Through their witness, several other prisoners came to faith in Christ. In fact, their influence was so powerful that the prison authorities eventually separated them, little knowing that the light of Christ cannot be quenched.

After Konshaubi was released from his first imprisonment in 1969, he was arrested and imprisoned two more times for preaching the Gospel, the final arrest being in 1985. Even though he suffered greatly for his unwavering devotion to Christ, he remained victoriously faithful, leaving a legacy for us to follow.

Miracle in Moscow, by David V Benson

from the Amazon book review

This is an amazing account by Benson of his work with and in communist Russia. He tells many stories about his first hand witnessing of the underground Christian movement during there, as well as his own dealing with the secret police. A very exciting and readable book. But he is also a highly literate man, and he has a very deep perception and insight into the human heart, thought and struggles, especially when under severe persecution. So combined, his writing reams a very eloquent and powerful impact. If you're a Christian, or want to read about a REAL Christian (and he speaks very genuinely and honestly about his own struggles and his witness of God's work), you must read this book!

*another excellent bookreview here

Russian Nonconformity: The Story of Unofficial Religion in Russia by Serge Bolshakoff

Meek and the Mighty: The Emergence of the Evangelical Movement in Russia by Hans Brandenburg

Soviet Evangelicals since World War II by Walter Sawatsy

This enduring work of Russian spirituality has charmed countless people with its tale of a nineteenth-century peasant's quest for the secret of prayer. Readers follow this anonymous pilgrim as he treks over the Steppes in search of the answer to the one compelling question: How does one pray constantly? Through his journeys, and under the tutelage of a spiritual father, he becomes gradually more open to the promptings of God, and sees joy and plenty wherever he goes. Ultimately, he discovers the different meanings and methods of prayer as he travels to his ultimate destination, Jerusalem.

Как возлюбил Меня Отец, и Я возлюбил вас; пребудьте в любви Моей.
 John 15:9




Irina Glazkova said...

Kinuko, I am reading the book-- Judith: Martyred Missionary of Russia. A True Story. I love this book. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.
It was my pleasure to share the link on twitter.
In Christ,

Anonymous said...

I was impressed by some stories based on christianity written by Lev Tolstoy before.I want to read Judith's story if I could have opportunity.May God bless all Russian believers staying in Jesus Christ!
Greeting from Japan Sanae

Kinuko H said...

Dear Sanae, thank you for your comment! Yes, most of the works of Leo Tolstoy are translated into Japanese. The below are some of his books which made me impressed. I think you have read all of them.

-"Where Love Is, God Is" ("Где любовь, там и бог" ["Gde lyubov', tam i bog], 1885)
-"Ivan the Fool" ("Сказка об Иване—дураке" ["Skazka ob Ivane—durake"], 1885)
-"What Men Live By" ("Чем люди живы" ["Chem lyudi zhivy"], 1881)
-"How Much Land Does a Man Need?" ("Много ли человеку земли нужно" ["Mnogo li cheloveku zemli nuzhno"], 1886)
-"The Kingdom of God Is Within You" (1893)

Sanae, have you ever heard of the name Nikolai Berdyaev (Никола́й Алекса́ндрович Бердя́ев; 1874 – 1948)?

He is an unique Russian Christian thinker and a philosopher. In my early 20s, I read the book called "The Meaning of History" (1923) written by this author. It was a very deep book.

Through this book, I was drawn to Russian Christian world. This book is translated into Japanese as well (<rekishi no imi).

Together with Sanae, I pray that our Lord Jesus Christ bless our dear Russian brothers and sisters abundantly. Kinuko

Kinuko H said...

Dear Irina, good morning. Oh, you are reading "Judith"! I could not read this truthful testimony book without tears.I was deeply touched by her genuine love and her dedication to Jesus Christ.

My heart was broken when I read how she was driven out of her house (she was a Jewish Russian and her grandfather was a Rabbi) that cold winter night. May God bless this pious soul forever and ever.

After reading this book, please share with us how you felt and thought of it. God bless you! Kinuko

Anonymous said...

Kinuko,for the first time,I heard of Berdyaev.
I think that most of Japanese know about Russian christianity through literature.One famous Japanese novelist(鹿島田真希Maki Kashimada) became an orthodox christian when she was 17years old.By reading Russian literature,she had interested in orthidox and was baptized.She also married Japanese orthodox priest later.

'Where love is,God is' is famous story among Japanese christians.There is a picture book for kids of this story.’くつやのマルチン’(means Martin the shoemaker ) So moving story.Thank you for sharing many information! Sanae

Kinuko H said...

Dear Sanae, I haven't heard of Maki Kashimada. (You know so many things about Christian history). You know, there was a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania during the World War II who gave Visa to desperate Jews in order that they might run away from Hilter's hands.As far as I remember,this diplomat (I forgot his name) and his wife were both Russian Orthodox. He was discharged because of his action (=issuing Visa to Jews) but through these Visa, precious lives of more than 3000 Jews were saved.

Isn't it so wonderful that we can interact with our Russian friends? I am so excited! (and I am sure you are, too!) Kinuko

Anonymous said...

His name was Chiune Sugihara.杉原千畝. I had read his biography which his wife wrote before. Sugihara had interest in christianity when he was a university student,baptized in Russia.You can read his story on wikipedia. My son read his story on comics.
Yes, I'm also happy to know Russian believers now!

Kinuko H said...

Oh, thank you so much, Sanae! So, his name is Chiune Sugihara and he's got baptised in Russia! What an amazing story. He has an unique plan for each soul. God bless you. Kinuko

Anonymous said...

Sorry, Kinuko. I researched his life again.He seemed to be baptised at Russian orthodox church in Manchukuo.His first wife was Russian.In Japan, TV proglam about Chiune Sugihara is currently being broadcast! ( I am watching the proglam with my son now.世界ふしぎ発見) Is'nt it so wonderful?? Anyway thank you a lot for your reply. Sanae

Kinuko H said...

Oh, that's really great, Sanae! And thank you so much for your research. Kinuko