Waldemar Zorn (missionary)

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Waldemar Zorn (* 1950 in the Altai region , Siberia , Russian SFSR ) is a Russian-German missionary , head of the publishing house Licht im Osten and an author .

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Waldemar Zorn grew up in the former Soviet Union , where he trained as an electrical engineer . He was involved in the underground church as a pioneer of evangelical missionary work in Eastern Europe . In 1982 he emigrated to West Germany with his wife Elvira, where he took over the publishing management of the Missionswerk Licht im Osten as coordinator for the CIS countries and worked there as a mission inspector for many years until his retirement in 2016. He is editor of the magazine Licht im Osten: News from the mission in Russia , Eastern Europe and Central Asia .

Zorn initiated the publication of a linguistically revised translation of the Bible in Russian , the Russian- language two-month magazine “Glaube und Leben” (Faith and Life) and since 1990 has been the chief editor together with his wife of the children's magazine “Tropinka” (German: The Little Path), which appears in nine languages and reached more than 1.5 million readers. After the end of communism and the collapse of the Soviet Union, he accompanied the establishment of independent mission organizations, especially in Russia, Ukraine and the Baltic States .

Since 1996 Waldemar Zorn has been chairman of the “Israelitic Messianic Congregation” in Stuttgart , whose members are made up of messianic Jews and Protestant Christians . He is the author of several books in German as well as in Russian.


  • Life's spice: biographical stories , Missionsverlag Licht im Osten, Korntal-Münchingen 2006, ISBN 978-3-935435-50-5 .
  • Colors of history. Stories from the history of the Missionsbund Licht im Osten; for the 90th anniversary , Missionsverlag Licht im Osten, Korntal-Münchingen 2010, ISBN 978-3-939887-66-9 .
  • When God touches the heart. People tell of their encounter with God (Ed .; translated from Russian by Elisabeth Schmidtmann), Missionsverlag Licht im Osten, Korntal-Münchingen 2012, ISBN 978-3-939887-82-9 .
  • Listaja pamjati stranicy: rasskazy , Svet na Vostoke, Kiev u. Missionsverlag Licht im Osten, Korntal-Münchingen 2013, ISBN 978-3-939887-26-3 .
  • Pravila žizni (with Elena Mikula and G. Vezikova), Missionsverlag Licht im Osten, Korntal and Svet na Vostoke, Kiev 2014, ISBN 978-3-944772-00-4 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. 20 years of "Tropinka" ( Memento from April 28, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) , lio.org, interview from 2010.
  2. A missionary pioneer partially retires , ead.de, article from April 6, 2016.
  3. The Jews First , Der Spiegel , issue 29/1998.