In a recent news release, Concordia Lutheran Mission Society reported:
This summer one of our board members, Pastor Roland Syens, had the opportunity to visit our brothers and sisters in Ukraine. What a blessing to be able to have his first hand insights and share them with you!
While Pastor Roland was visiting our various mission sites, the Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine had its yearly congregational camp June 19-24. The convention-like camp was held at a Christian camp on the Black Sea near the town of Koblova in the Nikolaev Region. Those of you who follow the various CLMS projects in Ukraine will recognize the name Nikolaev, as this is the area that Missionary Navrotskyy was called to after completing his training at Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Edmonton, Alberta. (See Project 1719)
60 – 80 Christians were expected to attend the camp but God had different plans, as the final registration was 142 participants! The theme was Relationships: Vertical and Horizontal and how those relationships are possible only through the Cross of Christ and His sacrifice for our sin giving us forgiveness, salvation and life eternal. Pastor Roland Syens not only visited the camp but was also invited to be the main speaker.
Pastor Syens was Lutheran Church-Canada’s missionary to Ukraine from 1993 to 2005 and now serves as Assistant Pastor at Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kitchener, Ontario.