Nagorino at 90
In September an SGA teaching team had the joy of joining with the believers of the Nagorino Church to celebrate its 90th ‘birthday’. The church was constituted in the oppressive era of Communism and despite the suspicion and opposition which then prevailed, was a beacon of Gospel light in the darkness. In the early 1990s a few believers from the neighboring village of Riscani (right next door!) began to attend the services. Nikolai Malai who was then the pastor, with the church leaders, grasped the opportunity to plant a daughter church in that village, and so today ‘mother and daughter’ churches continue to proclaim the Gospel in their respective communities.
The 90th Anniversary Service was one of thanksgiving to God for His faithfulness through the years. The church building was filled almost to capacity, and included some from the village who are still unconverted. SGA team members participated in preaching and bringing greetings to the congregation. It was a particular joy to see a number of Riscani church members joining with the Nagorino believers for this special occasion.
Fellowship continued after the service at an open-air lunch provided by the ladies of the church. All in all it was a memorable day of the power and relevance of the Saviour we love and proclaim.