Late in January I made a trip to Moscow to meet with a group of potential students for the Ingrian Lutheran Institute of Theology. It was a great class and a very interesting experience. They were excited to hear the lectures and also were very interested in hearing about the Lutheran church in the US.
In my letter I tell, too, about visiting "Red Square" and going inside the walls of the Kremlin. Кремль (Kremlin) is just the Russian word for "fortress." Moscow’s kremlin is politically and historically important, of course, but within the walls are numerous historic churches and shrines that we were able to visit. I hope you will read about the visit and about our recent move to Latvia.
Connie and I are now in Rīga, the capital city of Latvia and the largest city in the Baltic states (Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia). I have begun teaching at the Luther Academy, the seminary of the Ev. Lutheran Church of Latvia located in the Old City section of Rīga. The venue is quite a change from St. Petersburg, but my work remains the same as in Russia: helping to prepare faithful pastors and church workers for the future.
What also remains the same is our gratitude to all our friends, "pray-ers," and supporters who continue to make it possible for us to work here. THANK YOU! May God be with you and bless you as we prepare for Lent in the weeks ahead.
Yours in Christ,
Chuck & Connie Cortright