|Baltic Methodist Seminary Graduates Largest Class|
Tallinn, Estonia, June 20, 2006--The United Methodist Theological Seminary located in Tallin this year graduated its largest call in its 12 year history.
Twenty three students received diplomas in theology in the school known as the Baltic Methodist Seminary because it prepares people for ministry mostly for all the Baltic region in Northern Europe.
The graduates included Estonians, Russians, three Lvtvians, and one person from Ukraine.
Many of the graduates will entire the pastoral ministry. Other will will teach religion in public schools, and some will become missionaries, notably in Siberia.
Ilze Paukshe, daughter of a distrcit superintendent in Latvia, will continue to tend a church she planted in Jelgava, Latvia, while a student in Tallin.
The large class resulted from a combination of strong financial support and strong prayers among Baltic Methodists. Janis Grunte, also from Latvia, expressed the students’ gratitude toward the sponsors during the graduation ceremony. "Even though some of us have never seen your faces we know that you have made this possible for us!"
The Baltic Methodist Seminary has emerted as an international institution with its multi-national, multi-language character. There were 157 students enrolled in the 2005-2006 academic years, including both residential and and distant study students. They were from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, and speak a number of different languages.
The study at the seminary runs with simultaneous translation between three languages: Estonian, Russian and English.
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Date posted: Jun 20, 2006