Follow our mission trips to the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of the Urals, Siberia, and the Far East:
Report from Bishop Scheiermann
The report that follows is from Bishop Alexander Scheiermann, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of the Urals, Siberia, and the Far East. Bishop Scheiermann was elected Bishop just over a year ago and is leading the Lutheran Church in Asian Russia as it is coming back to life and reorganizing for mission and ministry following the granting of greater religious freedom by the Russian government in the late 80s. The people of the Central States Synod are most familiar with the reemergence of the church in the Russian Far East under the leadership of Dean Manfred Brockmann. However, in recent years our partnership has broadened to include the entire synod: Bishop Scheiermann and the congregations you will read about in this report. These are our "CoSyns" – we celebrate with them, we pray for them, and we look forward to developing closer and deeper relationships with them.
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Arsenev is the map point in the upper center.
An Update from Arsenev -- Far East Russia
By Pr. Alexander Lapochenko
Hello, all friends of the Church of St. Luke! I want to share the news of our lives, the community became one more member! His name is Sergey. Baptism was a good day to all! Greetings for all of us!
-Pastor Alexander and the community
A Greeting from Bishop Otto Schaude
Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Urals, Siberia and the Far East (ELCUSFE)
Dear Brother Bishop!
Dear Brother Gary!
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ!
From afar, from a completely different country and continent but still very much connected in spirit transcending all continents and distance through our Lord Jesus Christ, we of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Urals, Siberia and the Far East (ELCUSFE) send you our most cordial greetings.
We are so very grateful for our partnership and for the good and new acts of support which this partnership has recently enjoyed. These were, above all, your visit to Russia in 2012, especially to Vladivostok; and also the visit of Dean Bradn Buerkle with our brothers from Arsenyev.
This personal bond with you through prayer and partnership is a great gift, and especially so for our congregations here in Siberia, which during the Soviet period were very isolated and even today can seldom have any intensive contact with each other on account of the tremendous distances.
Thank you for your faithfulness and love!
We are connected through Jesus' love and service, and I send greetings in the spirit of 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17.
Bishop of the ELCUSFE