Religion: Baptists Besieged

Chlo za Druga my imeyem? Nas On k zhizni probudil.

The Russian words were unfamiliar, but the tune the congregation sang was well known to the famous American guest: What a Friend We Have in Jesus. After his Moscow summit talks, President Nixon made a bit more history by attending services in the capital city's only major Baptist church. More than 1,000 worshipers, mostly blue-collar workers, crammed into the hall, and not only because Nixon was on hand. The church is packed every Sunday at each of three lengthy, enthusiastic services. On this occasion the brief sermon by Ilia Ivanov, chairman of...

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