This report comes to us from our partner church body, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia. Rev. Yaroslav Boychenko shares with us his unique work in proclaiming the Gospel.
As he maintains a friendship with the city’s various ethnic communities, in April 2014 Rev. Yaroslav Boychenko attended a meeting about the history and modern day of the Armenian community and Armenian Church in Nizhny Novgorod. The meeting called “The Sitting-Room for Local History,” was hosted by the city’s central library gathering librarians, local historians, archive workers, local government officials as well as the clergymen of the local Lutheran and Roman Catholic congregations. Pastor Yaroslav gave the Armenian community a copy of his book, “Lutherans in Russia, Nizhny Novgorod, and Elsewhere.”
In May 2014, the church member Olga Lebedeva, a Christian psychologist, led two seminars on Christian parenting for church members and anyone interested. The two topics were “Preparing Your Child for the Kindergarten” and “Pocket Money.” In late May/early June 2014, Olga and her husband Vyacheslav attended a seminar on family ministry at the Theological Institute of The Church of Ingria.
Rev. Boychenko continued gathering church members and non-churched people for screenings and discussions of international feature films. In April and May 2014, the group including 13 non-Lutherans and non-confirmed church-goers, who watched the 2005 German-Danish drama & comedy Adams Æbler (“Adam’s Apples”) and the 2013 Georgian-Estonian war drama Mandariinid (“Tangerines”) directed by Zaza Urushadze.
On June 29, 2014, the Lutheran church in Nizhny Novgorod hosted a recital of German and French sacred music performed by organist Anastasia Kovbyk. The program included pieces by J. S. Bach, P. du Mage, L. Vierne, and Ch.-M. Widor. Rev. Boychenko emceed for the recital.
Church members Denis Tikhomirov and Andrei Kuzin graduated from the theological course at the Theological Institute of The Church of Ingria! After four years of study, they defended their dissertations and received their graduate diplomas. Denis, who wants to become a clergyman at the Nizhny Novgorod Lutheran congregation, currently helps Rev. Boychenko in the ministry. He also leads a Bible study in the church every Wednesday.
- Pray for Rev. Boychenko, his congregation, and his efforts to create relationships and inroads for sharing the Gospel in the community.
- Pray for all those who have heard the Gospel through these events, that they may be brought to faith by the Holy Spirit.
- Learn more about Rev. Boychenko.