This report comes from Deacon Vyacheslav Shadrin of The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia (ELCIR), a partner church body of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS). The LCMS supports work with this partner church body.
On April 24-25, 2015, young people of the Transfiguration Lutheran Church in Minusisnsk (ELCIR) led by Deacon Vyacheslav Shadrin organized charity concerts to raise funds for the treatment of a boy named Ivan Bukin for infantile cerebral palsy/spastic tetraparesis. They worked together with community volunteers, rock music associations, published and gave away 60 big and 900 small posters, published announcements in the newspapers and on the local internet blogs. As a result, they drew public attention to the boy’s illness.
At the concerts, they raised 4,000 rubles. During their overall activities they raised 15,000 rubles. The fundraising goes on as they need to raise 50,000 rubles of the 120,000 needed by the end of this summer for his rehabilitation at an exercise therapy center. Please keep the boy’s health and the church’s efforts in your prayers.
Deacon Shadrin and his outreach assistants stay in touch with the town’s German Culture Center. Together with a team of elderly people from the Center, they practised and sang spiritual songs on holidays. The people of Transfiguration Lutheran wish to thank the workers of the Martin-Luther-Bund who gave their 70-year-old female church members calendars with short sermons in German. Calendars were also provided by the Concordia Foundation based in St. Petersburg.
Deacon Shadrin continued to proclaim the Resurrection and the Life in Jesus Christ to people outside the Church at funerals. Besides funerals in Minusinsk, from time to time he is invited to lead a funeral service for a deceased old person from the German or other ethnic Lutheran diasporas elsewhere in the vast space of Southern Siberia very far from any Lutheran congregation. In such situations, family, often irreligious themselves, want to bury their loved one according to the Lutheran rite recalling that the deceased person was baptized and confirmed as a Lutheran. Otherwise, if Vyacheslav is not invited to the funeral itself, family invite him later to hold a remembrance ritual. Thus Slava continues to console the bereaved with the word of Christ. Please pray for the families and Slava’s continued outreach.
On May 7-9, 2015, Vyachelav together with young people participated in a cycling ride around Khakassia where they rode close to 100 km. Also, they traveled to clean up the church building in Verkhny Suetuk whose exterior had been renovated shortly before.
Together with Pastor Vitaly Luchagov, Deacon Vyacheslav visited church members in three villages in the area of Minusinsk. Also, they traveled to Irkutsk to attend a seminar on legal matters held by the ELCIR Siberian District. On the way there, he visited church members in the congregation in Krasnoyarsk.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the church continues holding a confirmation class and Bible studies for young people. A new course for young people on building a family is under way now.
On Trinity Day, May 31, 2015, the church in Minusinsk celebrated the confirmation of two teenagers, Alexander and Deacon Shadrin’s son, Fyodor, taking Ephesians 6:10-13 as the confirmation verses. On the same day, Deacon Shadrin met with the larger family of young people from Lugavskoye in the Minusinsk area who have been coming to Transfiguration Lutheran for four years. He got acquainted with their younger brothers and sister.
On June 14, a group of young people from Finland came on a visit to the congregation. During three days, they had more than 7 interesting meetings with children and young people and other categories of people, keeping up old relationships and making some good new ones. Please pray that those meetings will bear good fruit.
- Pray for Deacon Shadrin’s continued work.
- Pray for Ivan’s health, and that the funds can be raised to help his family pay for medical treatment.
- Pray for the strengthening of Christian friendships among the youth so that they may be encouraged in the faith.
- Learn more about Deacon’ Shadrin’s work.