Hello Dear American Friend,
I wanted to let you know about my friendship with a very memorable pastor, about his untimely death, and how I am trying to help his family and the remarkable group of people who make up his congregation. I do not know all the details of how his church started, but after we moved here to the Moscow area two years ago pastor Valery of the Reformed Church of Kazan stayed at my house and I got to know him with his family. My wife and his wife Natalia became friends.
It was a great shock to us when a few weeks ago we got the sad news that Valery had passed away of a heart attack. I immediately felt the need to have the churches of Reformed Presbyterian Church of Eurasia offer their condolences and some financial support for his widow and children, which we did. I also felt that God would have me visit them in their time of need.
I just returned from this trip a few days ago, and though of course everyone is still in shock at Valery dying when he was only 54 years old, this little church which is surrounded by two great religions that are mostly hostile to them is actually quite stalwart in their faith and plans to continue on as a church, Lord willing.