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St. Luke's UMC

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Ulyanovsk, Russia, has taken to heart Jesus’ imperative in Mark 16:15: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” For Rev. Dina Belyand, pastor of St. Luke’s, that meant starting a church in a state-run nursing home. In 1993, members of Ulyanovsk UMC started visiting the elderly and disabled residents of a local nursing home. Birthday tea parties and Bible studies soon turned to Sunday worship service complete with a choir. These gatherings bring comfort, peace and cheer to the residents, who are grateful for the opportunity to fellowship together. Pastor Dina also visits those who can’t come to services because of poor health. In a place often associated with loneliness and despair, the United Methodist Church shines a healing, joyous light.