I am in the Russian city of Yekaterinberg and in my first full day of ministry for this apostolic trip. I am dragging a bit due to two days of travl and a 15 hour jet lag / time zone issue. However, it will be fine, it always is because God’s grace is more than sufficient. We have begun a three day school on the prophetic here is a rather large church with many from other churches also in attendance.
Let me share a little of Yekaterinburg’s history …
In the spring of 1723, by the emperor Peter I’s decree, construction started on one of the largest iron producing plants in Russia located on the banks of the river Iset. Ekaterinburg was built as the capital of the new mining region which eventually grew to occupy a large land mass on both sides of the Urals, in both Europe and Asia.
Ekaterinburg’s new plant, in the beginning, was very advanced technologically and soon outpaced all the metallurgical plants not only in the country but in the world. They had the brightest minds working to build the most effective and cost efficient plant in the world.
Catherine II presented Ekaterinburg the status of a district town of Perm gubernia and this was soon reflected in the coat of arms of the city. During Catherine II’s government the main road of the Russian Empire was constructed through this young city – Bolshoi (Big) Siberian Road. So Ekaterinburg together with other Permian towns became a key city and the entrance to the expansive and rich Siberian portion of Russia – “a window overlooking Asia” like Saint-Petersburg was a Russian “window overlooking Europe”.
From the end of 19th and early 20th century Ekaterinburg was one of the centers of revolutionary movement in the Urals. Former Russian emperor Nicholas II and his family were shot in the city in July 1918, in Ipatyev House. A Russian Orthodox Church-on-Blood was built on this site recently.
From 1919 the city was the center of Ekaterinburgskaya gubernia district and from 1923 till 1934 it was also the center of Uralskaya oblast (province). On October, 14th, 1924 it was decided to rename the city after Yakov Sverdlov, a prominent Communist Party member and the Soviet state.
In Soviet time Sverdlovsk city being a small provincial town turned into a magnificent industrial center of the state. Among Russian towns it was among the first five of the most developed towns in Russia. In the 1930’s further economic and technological development took place and an intensive construction of machine-building and metallurgic plants began in the city.
After the World War II new industrial and agricultural plants were put in operation, construction of new houses began, heating and gas maintenance were changed and upgraded and in 1980 the construction of an underground subway (Metro) began.
On September 4th, 1991, the city was renamed Ekaterinburg or Yekaterinburg. Since 2000 trade, business, and tourism has been developing rapidly in the city. In fact, it has become a commercial center for much of the provincial region … From June 15th till 17th, 2009, SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) and BRIC (Brasilia, Russia, India, China) summits took place in Ekaterinburg which greatly influenced the economic, cultural and tourist situation in the city.
Today the city attracts many tourists from around the world and is well known as a cultural and tourist center in central Russia attracting people from around the world.