10th Year at Kondopoga, Russia! – 2016 EEMN Russia Team
The vast majority of the ministries and leaders with whom EEMN partners in Russia (including our Vision Petrozavodsk partners) are, in some way, connected with the Ingrian Lutheran Church in Russia (ELCIR). However, the ministries themselves are as unique as the communities they serve. Additionally, EEMN partners with the ecumenical ministries of the Christian Center at Petrozavodsk and Campground & Retreat Center in Karelia, Russia.
Team Leader Debra Parks; Tatiana I.; Principal Elena; and Pr. David Breidenbach
The key partners in this close-knit community include Tatiana I., who serves as our main liaison and coordinator for the Language Schools hosted there and Pr. Vadim Lysenko, who serves the Ingrian Lutheran Church at Kondopoga. Along with our long-time volunteer team leader, Debra Parks, they work together as a well-oiled machine that blesses not only the students who participate in the language schools, but also the local orphanage and surrounding community. The English Language Schools are a highlight for this town and the community responds with open doors and open hearts to the group of Americans that visits every year. In fact, 2016 was the 10th year celebration of EEMN teams blessing Kondopoga!
Pr. Aleksei and Nadia Krongolm
Pr. Aleksie and Nadia Krongolm are the dynamic ministry duo that serves the city of Petrozavodsk through the ministries they lead at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church. They have been partners of EEMN since before accepting their call to full-time parish ministry.
The Krongolms are also writing the next chapter in the 20+ year history of support by Vision Petrozavodsk. This accompaniment in ministry includes prayer, exchange visits, short-term educational courses, mentoring, and the financial support needed as Holy Spirit Lutheran Church works toward becoming more self-sustaining. For more information about Vision Petrozavodsk, under the coordination of Paul Anderson, please visit their Task Force website: NE Minnesota Synod: Vision-Petrozavodsk.
Because of the overwhelming need for supporting Ingrian Lutheran pastors and congregations, throughout the Karelian region of Russia, EEMN is seeking to expand support to include these other ministries, too!
Pr. David with church partners at Pitkyranka Lutheran Church, Karelia
EEMN is blessed to work together in ministry with the Ingrian Lutheran Church & Seminary in reaching the Karelia region of Russia with the Gospel!