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.


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

DSC_0351smParents brought their children to the opening and dedication of the school

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
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