This report comes to us from Deacon Vyacheslav Shadrin of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria (ELCIR). The ELCIR is a partner church body of The Lutheran—Church Missouri Synod (LCMS), and the LCMS supports projects with this partner church. The report was translated by Alexey Zubtsov.
At the beginning of 2014, Deacon Vyacheslav Shadrin met Igor who was in need of a place to live and a job. Although unable to provide him with that, Vyacheslav read the Bible and prayed together with Igor. A week later, Igor called by phone to invite Deacon Shadrin to the rehabilitation center where he was staying. Since then, once a week the Lutheran deacon has been visiting the Rubicon rehab center for people in a difficult life situation. Also, Vyacheslav has received an invitation to visit a state rehab center for ex-prisoners.
In April, Deacon Shadrin met with the chief of the Federal Service for the Control of Narcotics in the Minusinsk District to get permission to reach out to school students with presentations about a healthy way of life. There is a law in Russia that encourages religious organizations to promote ethical values in society. Please pray that he is able to reach out in that way at the beginning of the next school year.
During the last several months, Deacon Shadrin has been traveling to the village of Karatuzskoye to assist Rev. Vitaly Luchagov in his ministry. They have been meeting with children and teenagers in another village, Sagayskoye, to hold Bible studies and other activities. Vyacheslav has been doing the same for school students in Karatuzskoye during the past month. He continues to work together with Rev. Pavel Zayakin from the Siberian Evangelical Lutheran Church (SELC) in Abakan (also a partner church of the LCMS) who has been helping in organizing youth evenings. Deacon Shadrin and Rev. Zayakin traveled to the village called Taskino to confirm new Lutherans. To prepare young people for the confirmation, Pavel proposes the methodology of the scout movement, but unfortunately they have been unable to start that work in schools yet. Please pray for that. As part of his collaboration with the SELC, Deacon Shadrin has taken children and teenagers to the hiking center operated by Pastor Pavel.
The Transfiguration Lutheran Church in Minusinsk has continued with its youth evenings on Thursdays. During three years, the congregation has reached out to 300 or more people many of whom heard the Gospel of Jesus for the first time in their lives. The latest meeting gathered 9 youths and 2 girls. Together, they read the Bible, cook food, sing songs, and pray.
On the first Sunday after Easter, Deacon Shadrin confirmed three new church members.
Vyacheslav sees it as another important prayer need to be able to involve more missionaries. As Deacon Joose Pitkänen is completing his ministry and prepares to return to Finland, Deacon Shadrin has obtained permission from the authorities to engage foreign labor force from Germany, USA, and Finland for 1 year any time in 2014. Currently he is applying for 2015 adding Norway, Sweden, and Canada to the list.
Please keep Vyacheslav’s children Yana, Fyodor, and Yakov in your prayers. Yana has had headaches and was in the hospital. Now that it’s spring, her strong headaches are back. Fedya’s health problems have not been fully solved either and it’s not entirely clear what to do about it. Starting from New Year, he has been homeschooled, but thankfully he’s been doing even better in his learning getting only A’s and B’s.
Lastly, but perhaps most importantly among the prayer needs, Deacon Shadrin and his wife Olga have made a decision to complete their ministry in Minusinsk and move back to Novosibirsk which they left 11 years ago. Certainly, this is pending the Bishop’s decision on a suitable replacement for Vyacheslav as head minister of the congregation in Minusinsk, which is not likely to happen any time soon. The first reason for the Shadrins’ decision is the health of their parents and grandparents who need attention and care. The 2nd reason is Vyacheslav’s need to receive formal theological education. In 2002, the Novosibirsk church council decided that before he received theological education he needed to complete secular education. In 2005, Vyacheslav graduated from the Khakassian State University as a teacher of psychology. Theological education has been his dream ever since then. He thinks that it is time to couple his 11 years of experience in practical ministry with good theological education which he can receive at the theological seminary in Novosibirsk. Please pray that God shows a clergyman who can continue the work that was started in Minusinsk. Vyacheslav’s special concern is ministering to children and youth. Please pray for an ordained leader to whom Deacon Shadrin could relay his knowledge, experience, and vision for ministry in Minusinsk.
- Please pray for Deacon Shadrin and his family during their time of transition!
- Pray for the congregation in Minusinsk to receive a new pastor very soon!
- Pray for the youth and others whom Deacon Shadrin serves, that they may be brought to faith. Pray that a new person can continue this work begun by Deacon Shadrin.
- Learn more about Deacon Shadrin’s work.
- Learn more about the ELCIR (you can choose to translate the page to English).
- Learn more about the SELC.