Chinese Priest to Create Orthodox Community in Amur Region

The priest Chzhan Dimitry Linsen is a native of China and was born in the vicinity of Beijing. One day, his grandmother scolded his father for not believing in God. The young man remembered the anger with which those words sounded since such emotions were unusual for his reserved grandmother, TASS reports. 

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Chzhan recalled this case quite often and by his 20s came to the conclusion that the generation that survived the Second World War possessed important knowledge that had been lost by his father’s peers who grew up during the years of the state atheism. When his grandmother died, he began to study religious teachings.

In his country, it was quite difficult to become an orthodox Christian, as he was not Russian. However, the Chinese were lucky, and when he met the Archpriest Dionisy Pozdnyaev, an Orthodox priest from Hong Kong, he got the necessary help: he was baptized and blessed to study at the seminary.

In the fourth year of study in Saratov, a Chinese man was ordained a deacon. Two years later, he became a priest. For about a year he served in the Church of Intercession of the Theotokos in Saratov. Later, he learned that in the Jewish Autonomous Region which is located on the border with China, live his compatriots. Thus, in the spring of 2019, he moved to the large village of Amurzet, located on the left bank of the Amur.

In May 2019, having visited an Orthodox exhibition in Blagoveshchensk for the first time, Chzhan decided to move there to work in the missionary department of the diocese and serve in two languages, Russian and Chinese, attracting his compatriots to Orthodoxy. Now Father Dimitry continues the work of the diocese to create an Orthodox Chinese community in the Amur Region.

Ru-Main, 05.01.2021 

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