On August 15, 2022, the missionary ship-church of the Novosibirsk Metropolia in honor of St. Andrew the First-Called went on its 25th voyage to the residents of distant villages.
This time, its passengers, and these are not only clergymen, but also doctors of various specialties, and social workers, will visit the lower reaches of the Ob – Bolotninsky, Moshkovsky, Kolyvansky and Novosibirsk regions, reports the website of the Novosibirsk Metropolia.
“Today, the ship-church departs again, carrying out a responsible mission in the matter of missionary work and social service. We carry out these works together – both the clergy, doctors, and social services – we strive to help ordinary people,” said Metropolitan Nikodim of Novosibirsk and Berdsky, after a prayer service before sailing.
As the metropolitan noted, thanks to the ship-church, “both a temple and a hospital come to people living in distant villages – spiritual and bodily help comes.”
“It is very important that people, in whatever remote places they live, feel that they are cared for, that they are helped, they are remembered,” Vladyka Nikodim added.
The head of the metropolia especially thanked those who stood at the very origins of the ship-church project, noting that over the past years more than 100,000 people have received comprehensive assistance.
“The Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called” mission ship-church makes its voyages as part of a spiritual, educational and charitable mission organized by the Novosibirsk Metropolia with the support of regional authorities.
The vessel goes up and down the Ob River, mooring at hard-to-reach settlements. Missionaries – priests, doctors of various specialties, and social workers – provide local residents with spiritual, medical and social assistance. In 2022, the ship-church mission will celebrate its 25th anniversary.
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