This time we’re going to tell you about a stadium in Sacramento (California), which was used as an air base of the USA, but later wasÂ occupied by religious immigrants from the USSR. It was built during World War I and for some time American pilots made their practice flights there.
This is the way a roadblock looked in 1955.
During WWII the airfield was very busy, because a lot of planes would take off and land carrying military equipment and soldiers to the battle sites in the Pacific Ocean.
During Cold War, it was the headquaters of the command post of the 320th bomber squadron.
Although in September 1988 the military unit went out of existence, the aerodrome still serves as a flight control post.
When Cold War ended, some of the buildings were sold to commercial enterprises. Although the base contains dangerous chemicals, it is a civil object which accepts loads from all over the country.
In 1998, a Slavic church ‘Bethany’ purchased the health-improving complex for American military men for 5 million dollars. The lot size of the complex was 100000 square meters.
So, now they prey in this building. The sign runs: Enter the Church with His Blessing!
Now over 5 thousand people attend this church, making it the biggest Slavic church in America and the biggest Russian-speaking immigrant church in the world.
‘Bethany’ propagates the Gospels around the world, preserving the Slavic culture and traditions.
‘You are the light of the world!’
Fire Prevention Control did not allow the church to gather too many people in the building, but after long quarrels and multiple tickets, it was redesigned into a church.