Dr. Ahlman speaking during his recital at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg, Russia. On the left, translator Aleksei Zubtsov prepares to translate Dr. Ahlman’s lecture into Russian. (Photo Courtesy of the ELCIR).
Rev. Dr. Christopher S. Ahlman, Strategic Mission Developer for LCMS Eurasia, traveled to Russia April 27-May 4, 2016, where he gave a series of lectures on April 29-30 entitled “The Church Musician and the World” at the May Lectures of the Siberian Evangelical Lutheran Church (SELC), held at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Novosibirsk, Russia. The lectures were well-received, with requests both for a Russian translation to be made available and for a return visit in the future to provide additional lectures.
In Siberia, fellow LCMS Missionary, Rev. Alan Ludwig, also lectured for the conference. (Photo by Dr. Ahlman)
Dr. Ahlman then traveled on May 1 to St. Petersburg, where he performed two evangelistic recitals in Vyborg and St. Petersburg. Additionally, he gave two consultations concerning structural modifications envisioned to increase capability for musical outreach through Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, Vyborg, and explored conversations concerning future work designed to strengthen pastoral education in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia (ELCIR).
On the ELCIR homepage, they ran the first picture above with these comments from Rev. Dmitry Petrov, the pastor at St. Michael’s in St. Petersburg (translated for us by Mr. Zubtsov):
Tonight we hosted an organ recital by Dr. Christopher Ahlman. A very good musician and very serious pastor. I am pleased to see how this still very young man is so dedicated and responsible about his ministry.
The entire program was J. S. Bach. Each piece was preceded by the reading of a Gospel passage which the piece was written on. The sacred music recital went for one and a half hours, it was a full house, and no one left during all this time, which is rather rare.
A typical Russian meal enjoyed by Dr. Ahlman during his travels. (Photo by Dr. Ahlman)
“As with every trip to Russia,” commented Dr. Ahlman, “this particular trip was both rewarding and fruitful, in terms of evangelization and the witness of the Gospel in the world, in terms of advanced learning of the truths of Sacred Scripture among the people of the Siberian Evangelical Lutheran Church, and in terms of aiming to strengthen the Church of Ingria’s innate capacity in proclaiming the Gospel of Christ Jesus to the people of western Russia. May God continue to bless our efforts in service to Word and Sacrament in this part of the world.”
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