Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos24 Jul 2011, by Missions in
In 2010 we had the honor of meeting Archpriest Michael Kizyun, dean of Rubtsovsk district of the Barnaul Diocese in Russia. Since then we have established a very close friendship and were able to help each other over the years. One project our parish was involved with was building of the Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos in Rubtsovsk.
The construction of the church began in 1995. There were many challenges along the way, including alcoholism and drug abuse that were prevalent in the region. The parish had to build the church and at the same time regularly serve Liturgies, teach Sunday school, and spend time with inmates and orphans. That is why it took over 15 years!
In June of 2011, new golden kupola (dome) and crosse were blessed and put up over the church. Glory to God for all things!