Westerners are naturally curious about Russia, the massive country rich in culture and history that was closed to Americans for seventy years. With the falling of the Iron Curtain, it became much easier for Americans and Russians to meet and learn about each other’s customs, lifestyles, and religions. Modern Russia boasts a developed economy with increasing materialism as well as strong national pride with a growing suspicion of all things Western. By God’s grace, the Evangelical Lutheran Church Concord, WELS’ sister church in Russia, is maturing, growing, and becoming more skilled at carrying out its Christ-given mission. Learn more about WELS mission history in Russia.

One WELS pastor teaches seminary classes and partners with three Russian pastors. Visiting instructors from the U.S. help train seminary students and provide continuing education. The Evangelical Lutheran Church Concord is improving online outreach by streaming worship, sermons, mid-week devotions, daily Bible readings and medications, and Bible information classes. Please continue to pray for our Russian brothers and sisters in faith!

Fast Facts

  • Congregations: 5
  • Baptized members: 270
  • National pastors: 3
  • Deaconesses: 2

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Praying for Russia

Please pray that God would unite our Russian brothers and sisters in faith, love, and purpose; that God would bless his Word as church members share their faith with people in their lives; that God would equip Russian pastors to share the Good News of Jesus from the pulpit, in the classroom, and when counseling individuals; and that God would lead the Evangelical Lutheran Church Concord to mature independence. Amen.


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