Messiah Finnish Lutheran Church Portland 2009
8th Finglish trip June 2009 #35
The cosy Messiah Finnish Lutheran Church was built in a former chiropractor's office, when the original church remained under bridge ramps. Pastor Patrick Dickson holds services in Finnish and English. The former pastor was from Oulu, North Finland and he asked his friend Patrick, who was a clergyman in Oulu if he would like to come to Portland.
Dickson thought ”why not?”. Originally an ANC activist from South Africa, he graduated as a clergyman in Wales and spent 33 years in Oulu. He preaches in fluent Finnish, complete with an Oulu accent. Dickson speaks warmly of his friends Nelson Mandela and Martti Ahtisaari.
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