Even for the longtime Christian, Scripture can be confusing. The catechism’s question, “What does this mean?” often comes to mind. Just in time for Christmas, LHF’s many supporters are providing a gift to the people of Russia to help them better understand God’s Word to them: a Bible with study notes.
“This is something the people have been asking for for a very long time,” said Rev. Leif Camp, missionary to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia. “That this project has come to fruition is a great thing!”
Previously, the study notes were available in a separate volume, which wasn’t always convenient, but inserting the study notes into the Bible layout was a monumental task. A Lutheran pastor in St. Petersburg, Rev. Mikhail Ivanov, took on the project with the help of his adult instruction class. After working all summer long (and even on Rev. Ivanov’s honeymoon!), the Bible was finished in late October.
“This edition of the Russian Bible opens Scripture for thousands of Russians,” said Rev. Matthew Heise, LHF’s executive director who was on hand for the Bible distribution. “What a wonderful gift to our brothers and sisters who want to deepen their understanding of who Jesus is and what He’s done for them!”