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On 1 September 2015, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, a congregation of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ukraine (DELKU), in Odessa opened a kindergarten class. The school is name Theophil Richter. This is the first “Lutheran” school since the communist revolution in Ukraine. The Ukrainian government granted permission to begin a church based school on 12 July 2015. This is one of the few places in the former Soviet Union that has the freedom to begin a church based school. All of the school teachers are members of the Lutheran church.

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Bishop Serge Maschewski of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ukraine (DELKU) dedicated and opened the school with a Scripture reading and prayer.

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The children sang a song based off the old school songs from Prussia, which were appropriated for use by the Soviet Union. The song translated goes something like this:

Study is a hard word, discipline, no fun or excitement at all
Hard work
One must be a model citizen of the state
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It was a great privilege to attend the opening of the Lutheran school in Odessa.
— Rev. Albert B. Collver, Ph.D., Director of Church Relations