International Ministry of The Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Vaasa
Welcome to the International Ministry of The Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Vaasa. We normally gather for our Sunday Worship Services and Coffee Fellowship every Sunday in Palosaari Church at 1 pm.
You can find information about of our faith, our worship services, as well as our activities, on this page.
You can also check out our Facebook page for updated info on our services and events. You are welcome to join our Facebook group at Lutheran International Church in Vaasa.
If there is anything you are wondering about, do not hesitate to be in contact with Immigrant Worker Jessica Emaus +358 44 480 8280.
For ministry in Arabic: Stephanos Khalifa +358 40 577 7995.
Glimpse of church life
Below a glimpse of church life here from the point of view of one of our German exchange students, Autumn, 2023:
"I arrived in Vaasa for my exchange semester on August 28th, and my studies began a day later. As I started getting to know people in this new place, I found everyone to be friendly and kind. However, I quickly realized that there weren't many Christians around, and I didn't quite feel at home. My room was unfurnished, and at the beginning I struggled to find a friend group. Additionally, finding a church was a challenge because most services were in Finnish or Swedish.
But then, a turning point came when I met a Christian girl who had attended a Taize worship event.
She was invited to a church service at the Palosaari Church, which was held every Sunday at 1 PM in English. I decided to join her, and after the service, we stayed for coffee. That's when I met so many warm and welcoming people. It was an answer to my prayers for community, and since then, I've felt much more comfortable and at home here.
What I truly appreciate about this church is the sense of fellowship and the dedication of the two people who are currently leading the congregation. It's a place that feels like family, and the focus is on people. Moreover, they organize various activities such as walks, sauna evenings, and weekly potlucks, which have brought us all closer together.
It's a place that feels like family, and the focus is on people.
I want to express my sincere gratitude to the church for being a shining light of Jesus in this community. Your warmth, love, and inclusiveness have made a significant difference in my time here in Vaasa. Thank you for being a home away from home and for showing me the true spirit of Christian fellowship."
Reimar Bahlcke, November 2023