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Pathfinders gathered at the final book marathon in Nizhny Novgorod

Adventist young people in Russia visit with church members to hear and write down their remarkable stories.

Pathfinders gathered at the final book marathon in Nizhny Novgorod

[Photo courtesy of the Euro-Asia division]

From January 19-21, Pathfinders from the Western Russian Union of the Seventh-day Adventist Church gathered in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia for the final of the Pathfinder Book marathon. The children read the books of the Russian publishing house "The Source of Life" about adventures, health, prayer and faith. .

Children not only read, but also wrote books themselves. All year they visited church members and interviewed them about how they managed to keep faith in difficult times and how God helped them through life. These stories, from the members, they made into books with pictures and photos.

Students of the club "Holy Vine" from the city of Frolovo in the Volgograd region visited the Zbrazhsky family.  Nikita Guriev, a Pathfinder from Frolovo, said, "We remember the experience of how the church was looking for medicine for the boy. After long prayers, the medicine was found. This experience helped to believe that common prayer has power!”

Mikhail Kurakin from Naberezhnye Chelny (club "Sol") recalls, "We talked with mission sisters from Kabardino-Balkaria. Because of her faith, one of her sisters wanted to deprive her of parental rights and she was sent to a psychiatric hospital, although she was healthy. But there she talked about the gospel to one of the doctors. Awesome experience!”

On the evening of January 20, in the shopping center "Rio," the Pathfinders held an event called "Get a book". Any child could visit the master classes that took place in the shopping center. At the master classes, the Pathfinders taught children to make beautiful bookmarks, clamshell books, postcards and much more. Those who wished could also record an excerpt for the amateur audiobook on the recorder. Those who attended two master classes could choose any book as a gift.

Anna Licholet, director of the Western Russian Union's follow-up service, shares her impressions, "God revealed to us how to hold this event. We thought for a long time, we were preparing. The children participated in the divine service, sang in chorus, told how they wrote their own books. I was very impressed with these experiments.”

Anton Boykov, a pastor from Volgograd, who came to the marathon with a group of Pathfinders said,  "This event really pleased me. I saw that there are teenagers in our time who are not limited to reading books on the school curriculum, but like to read and read good books.”