This post was shared by Rev. Yaroslav Boychenko, pastor with LCMS partner church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia (ELCIR). The LCMS supports projects with this partner.
During the winter and spring of 2013, the ELCIR congregation in Nizhny Novgorod hosted five outreach concerts of sacred and secular music from the 17th through the 20th century. The music was performed by accomplished organ, harpsichord, cello, piano, bassoon and recorder players as well as vocalists from Nizhny Novgorod included, among others, compositions from Bach, Händel, Vivaldi, Shostakovich, and Schoenberg. Over the years, the pastor of the congregation, Rev. Yaroslav Boychenko, has been using his connections in the city’s musical community, in particular the Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory, to organize music concerts as a means of evangelism and to reach out with the Gospel expressed in music.
In February, Rev. Boychenko reached out to a group of 35 high school students telling them about noted Lutherans from Nizhny Novgorod’s history and sharing about the Christian faith. He also gave them copies of his book, “About Lutherans in Russia, Nizhny Novgorod, and Elsewhere.” Also, Rev. Boychenko continued to host nights for watching internationally acclaimed films and discussing them from the Christian perspective.
Another highlight of the period was the visit of the Rev. Dr. Brent Smith, LCMS Regional Director for Eurasia, and the Rev. Dr. Christopher Ahlman who serves Eurasia as a strategic mission developer and is an accomplished musician. They met with the congregation’s ordained and lay servants. Smith preached at the Sunday worship service. Praise the Lord for the confirmation of three new female church members during the worship service. As he performed the rite of confirmation, Rev. Boychenko was assisted by Rev. Smith and Rev. Ahlman. After the worship, Ahlman performed several works of Bach for the audience.
- Pray for the continued work of Rev. Boychenko in Nizhny Novgorod.
- Support the work of the LCMS and with partners in Russia.