The Russian Mission Team was established in February 2012, after an exploratory trip to Russia in October 2011. The trip was funded in part by a grant from the Jeane Seeley Mission Fund. Our group of five, accompanied by Ellen Smith, Presbyterian Mission Co-Worker, spent some time in Moscow, but we also visited Davydovo, a small village in the Yarolslavl region, about a three-hour train ride northeast of Moscow.
This past fall, thanks to another Jeane Seeley grant, Fr. Vladimir and Ellen traveled to Ann Arbor in order to see models for the kind of center Fr. Vladimir envisions for his church community as they serve children with disabilities, their parents, and at-risk teenage boys. Our congregation's Christmas Eve 2012 offering was designated for the ministry at Davydovo.