“Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else” Corinthians 9:13
Dear Rev. Burghardt,
On behalf of German Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Ukraine allow me to express appreciation for your ministry and achievements in the service to our Lord and congratulate you on accepting the office of General Secretary of the global communion of Lutheran Churches. I pray that with the help and blessing of the Holy Spirit you shall continue working for the growth and development of the worldwide Lutheran communion and ecumenical relations with spiritual gifts you were generously blessed with.
With great joy I anticipate our cooperation, strengthened by our mutual faith, as well as your experience and in-depth understanding of particularities in the Churches of Central Eastern European countries.
With best wishes and sincere prayers,
+ Pavlo Shvarts
The Bishop of GELCU