Victory Day Celebrated in Grand Style

Wednesday kicked off three days of pomp and ceremony in Moscow as Dmitry Medvedev was sworn in as Russia’s new president.

At his inauguration, President Medvedev declared that, “human rights and freedoms . . . are deemed of the highest value for our society.” He also promised to work for a “better” Russia.

Thursday, as expected, Vladimir Putin was named prime minister, and today the week ends with a Victory Day parade.

An annual celebration, Victory Day marks Russia’s defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II. This year’s parade through Red Square shows off Russia’s heavy military—a display that hasn’t been seen since the Soviet years.

While this show of might made some uneasy, Vladimir Putin stated that this wasn’t “saber-rattling,” but a show of “Russia’s growing defense capability.”

As the celebrations wind down today, a new generation of young Christian leaders continues to confront the spiritual and moral bankruptcy of its generation.

These young Christian leaders are being equipped and mobilized to proclaim Christ’s victory over sin and despair to children living in orphanages who need the Heavenly Father’s love, to teenagers roaming the streets in search of purpose and meaning and to men and women who struggle to survive and long for the peace and security only Jesus can give.

Next month, thousands of children and young people will participate in Russian Ministries’ evangelistic summer camps, where they will discover God’s love, learn from His Word and grow in their faith.

The evangelistic summer camp ministry has a broad reach to the youngest and neediest of the Next Generation to young women struggling with HIV/AIDS and to children and teenagers who live in Norther Caucasus, a region scarred by war and ethnic conflicts.

For news about Russia’s new President Dmitry Medvedev, follow this BBC World News link.