A short time ago, on International Translation Day, we shared how The Church of Ingria is multilingual and works in at least 12 languages. It’s important that each ethnic group can hear God’s Word in their own language!
Rt. Rev. Tiit Salumäe, Bishop of the Western and Northern Regions of The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Estonia, a longtime friend of The Church of Ingria, has proposed to enhance the outreach to Finno-Ugric people living in St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast.
After worship with Bishop Laptev on October 11, St. John’s Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Congregation of the ELCIR in St. Petersburg gathered for a meeting. As the borders are temporarily closed because of the pandemic and Estonian pastors cannot come, the church needed to resolve many practical matters related to clerical leadership in the congregation. In the near time Rev. Fyodor Tulynin will be the church’s interim senior pastor assisted by Andrei Bratchenko from St. Anne’s Church and Mikhail Repin from St. Mary’s Church, St. Petersburg.
Currently, ELCIR churches of St. Petersburg and its surrounding region worship in Russian, Finnish, Estonian, and English. Annenkirche (St. Anne’s Church) in St. Petersburg plans to start worship also in German.
We pray the Lord blesses the new projects!