Nuteki has faced many challenges with local authorities, including threats of fining the local church or even of arresting or deporting the band members. Nevertheless, they were able to share the hope of Jesus to over 12,500 people, and saw 1100 pray to Jesus for the very first time! They’ve also started four new 6PM informal Bible studies, where unbelievers and new believers can learn more about Jesus.
In the city of Dyatkovo, a 16-year-old girl told the band that she had come to their concert to have a good time before taking her own life; she was ready to commit suicide. However, when she heard the Gospel during their show, and after praying for the first time, she changed her mind, having found a purpose for her life. She now wants to continue living as a believer, and learning more about Jesus. At the end of her conversation with the band, she told them, "You saved my life."
After a show in Pskov, a 17-year-old girl who gave her life to Jesus at the concert shared her story. She said she hadn’t known that Nuteki was a Christian band before coming to their show, but the fact that they are is evidence of God’s true providence.
Five months prior, Christ had revealed Himself to her in a dream. She’d dreamt that she was talking with a friend, who was trying to convince her that Jesus wasn’t real. Suddenly, she screamed: "Jesus, if you exist, let me see you," and He came to her, which both amazed and terrified her. When the girl woke up, she began thinking about God. She tried to go to the Orthodox Church, but felt like she couldn't find Jesus there. Later, she happened to come to Nuteki’s concert, and during the follow-up meeting, she experienced salvation in Christ. She shared her joy with the band, as they prayed for her!
Another girl shared that she had known Nuteki for a long time, and had been listening to their songs for about eight years. She then came to a follow-up meeting following one of their concerts, heard the Gospel, prayed, and surrendered her life to Jesus. She was extremely touched, and filled with joy and peace. She says that now, she no longer wants to do the bad things that were a normal part of her life before. She has finally found happiness, and she wants to share that love with others. "It's like everything has changed and become brighter," she explains. In their conversation, Misha, Nuteki’s lead singer, told her that it was the love of Jesus Christ which she had experienced that day. Local believers have taken her contact information, and she now wants to attend the 6pm Bible Study.
Please pray for Nuteki, as they continue to step out in boldness despite the very challenging and often dangerous political and social situation in which the Russian-speaking world finds itself! We’re so grateful for their faithfulness and obedience to all God is calling them to, and for the amazing fruit of the band’s ministry.