Last week, we highlighted a “Go Back to School with Team Eurasia” feature on Globally Engaged in Outreach (GEO) missionaries who are serving in Lutheran and public schools in Central Europe. This highlighted the opportunities for sharing the Gospel with children through English language learning. This week, we take a quick look at some of the churches in our region who have recently celebrated the children going back to school and back to Sunday School with special portions of recent Sunday services dedicated to students and teachers, demonstrating Christ’s love for these children, as well as those who teach them. Here are just a few examples!
At St. John’s Lutheran Church in Saratov, Russia, Rev. Olav Panchu, Rev. Alexander Furs, and Catechist Andrey Gette blessed school children and teachers during the Divine Service on September 1, 2013. St. John’s Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia (ELCIR), a partner church of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. This demonstrates to the children and teachers that the Church cares about all aspects of their lives, including their educations or the work they do teaching children. It encourages them in their vocations as students and teachers to that Christ is at work in and through them.
Trinity Lutheran Church, Frankfurt, Germany: At Trinity Lutheran Church in Frankfurt, Germany, Rev. Robert Flohrs blessed the new Sunday School teachers for their time of service to the congregation’s children. The teachers include Kendra McNatt, Trinity’s new Director of Christian Education Intern, who will be serving the congregation this year (check back on this blog for an introduction to Kendra soon). Trinity is an English-speaking congregation in Frankfurt serving Americans, other English speaking expatriates, and the surrounding community.
Sankt Trinitatisgemeinde, Leipzig, Germany: On Sunday, September 1, 2013, Sankt Trinitatisgemeinde in Leipzig, Germany, also included a special time of prayer and activities after the service for the children of the congregation. During the service, prayers were said for those beginning their first school year, those who were returning to school, and children who were remaining in their parents’ care or a kindertagestätte (day care/preschool) for this year. Each child’s name was mentioned individually, down to the youngest baby. Pastor Markus Fischer, the pastor of the congregation, created a special sermon for the children in which he spoke about Jesus being with them even in school or wherever they go. He involved the children in recalling examples from the life of Jesus. After the service, the children were each given a zuckertüte, a specially decorated cardboard cone with candy inside, which is a German tradition for back to school. Sankt Trinitatisgemeinde is a member of the LCMS partner church Selbstandige Evangelische Lutherische Kirche (SELK). Missionary Rev. Dr. Christopher S. Ahlman and his family currently serve in Leipzig with St. Trinitatisgemeinde.
- Pray for all students from young to old in the Eurasia Region, as well as in your own congregations.
- Pray for all teachers of both schools and Sunday Schools that they would faithfully guide their students in knowledge and in the faith.
- Pray for our partners and missionaries highlighted here: Rev. Olav Panchu, Rev. Alexander Furs, Rev. Robert Flohrs, Rev. Markus Fischer, DCE Kendra McNatt, and Rev. Dr. Christopher S. Ahlman.
- Visit the links in this article to learn more about the people and places mentioned here or to support the work being done throughout Eurasia.
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