| Church Work
|| Child sponsor program
Despite religion being outlawed in Russia for much of the 20th century, there is a strong interest in Christianity. The Lutheran church in Ingria is constantly growing. Between one and three new congregations are created each year. The Ingrian Church is active across the breadth of the Russian Federation, from St Petersburg to Lake Baikal. This causes major administration and information-sharing challenges and means that it is difficult to keep the church unified.
There is a constant shortages of trained workers and funds. FELM supports the training of workers for the Ingrian Lutheran Church along with efforts to support the Church’s self-sufficiency.
In central Russia FELM supports the Ingrian church’s church school, which offers correspondence courses in the Christian faith and church work for volunteer workers.
FELM also provides financial support to poor congregations in St Petersburg, and the Komi, Mari and Karelian republics.
FELM supports the Lutheran Church of Ingria in its active social and diaconal work. The church runs for example three old people’s homes.