International Students (IFES)

International Students (IFES)

Interested in Christianity and the Bible? You are warmly welcome to our meetings!

OPKO - Evangelical Lutheran Student Mission of Turku is a Christian student fellowship in Turku. Our meetings are open to all Christians and non-Christians. OPKO is a member of IFES - International Fellowship of Evangelical Students.

Student Evenings

Student Evenings are held during the semesters on Tuesdays at 18 o'clock (6pm) mostly in homes. In Student Evenings we will hear a speech, discuss faith and life, pray, meet other students and have an evening snack. Once a month the evening is held in English and on other occasions we will have someone translating the speech for the English speaking students.

Autumn 2021

14.9. Meeting new people at Parrantie 3 G 58 from 5PM ->
28.9. To-be-announced - Ismo Haapala
5.10. Balanced faith - Jussi Miettinen

Spring 2021

19.1. All things new
26.1. Prayer meeting at Vänrikinkatu 2 D 51
2.2. Aftermath of Disciple
9.2. Prayer meeting at Piinokankatu 7 A 31
16.2. How does belief look like?
23.2. Prayer walk at YO-kylä 4 PM
2.3. Meaning of prayer (From this point on the meetings are also remotely, get in touch with Johannes to get the link 045 609 2909)
9.3. Prayer walk at YO-kylä 4:30 PM
16.3. God's family
24.3. Prayer walk at YO-kylä 4:30 PM
30.3. About marriage
6.4. Prayer walk at YO-kylä 4:30 PM
13.4. Jesus' callings to His disciples
20.4. Prayer walk at YO-kylä 4:30 PM
26.4. First of May picnic at Vätti park
11.5. Spring festival

Autumn 2020

At homes:
15.9 Dare to love (Isaiah 58)
22.9 The identity of a child of God
29.9 No meeting this week
From this point onwards at Hämis (Hämeenkatu 5 B 13):
6.10 Hannu has a case
13.10. Board game night
20.10. Who we should love?
27.10. Fighting against lies according to Ephesians
3.11. OPKO goes Sirkkalankatu!
10.11. Evangelism training - Aki Heikkonen
17.11. Worship night
24.11. Planning things
1.12. Little christmas
3.12. Learning community 6 PM at Sirkkalankatu 16b A15 
8.12. How does God's Kingdom look like?
15.12. Christmas party

Spring 2020

21.1. Tortilla-ilta
28.1. Robert Ojala - Book of Job (part 1)
4.2. Arno Alajoki (OM) - Meaningful Life
11.2. Uncover Bible Study
18.2. Board Game Evening
25.2. Robert Ojala - Book of Job (part 2)
3.3. Markus Syrjätie - Sermon to Mission
10.3. Spring Meeting
17.3. Robert Ojala - Gospel of Matthew
19.5. Summer Party

Autumn 2019

3.9. Tortilla Evening
10.9. Uncover Bible Study
17.9. Ethiopia
24.9. Jussi Miettinen - Know Your Calling
1.10. Antti Kallio - Apostle Paul and Prayer
8.10. Uncover Bible Study
15.10. Markus Syrjätie - Calling to Mission in Japan
22.10. World Student Day of Prayer (18.10.) + potlock party
29.10. Robert Ojala - Bible Evening: Corinthians
5.11. Uncover Bible Study
12.-14.11. "More to Come" - Stefan Gustavsson
19.11. Remo Ronkainen - Christian's Growth
26.11. Autumn Meeting
3.12. Board Game Evening
10.12. Uncover Bible Study
17.12. Christmas Party

Spring 2019

15 January - Tortilla Evening!
22 January - Uncover Bible Study
29 January - Cancelled
5 February - Uncover Bible Study
12 February - Temple of Jerusalem by Antti Kallio
19 February - Know God by Robert Ojala
26 February - Difficult Passages in the Old Testament by Markus Syrjätie
5 March - Spring Meeting and Uncover Bible Study
12 March - Jussi Miettinen visits Turku
19 March - Your Place and Gifts in God's Mission by Arno Alajoki
26 March - Veritas Forum
2 April - Know Yourself by Robert Ojala
9 April - Uncover Bible Study
16 April - Board Game Evening
23 April - Know Your Calling by Robert Ojala
7 May - Uncover Bible Study
14 May - Summer Party

Autumn 2018

4 September - Tortilla Evening!
11 September - God's Gifts by Robert Ojala
18 September - Board Game Evening
25 September - Two Intercessors (Luke 18:9-14) by Jarmo Mäki-Mikola
2 October - Christ's Gifts by Robert Ojala
9 October - What Can We Know About Jesus by Antti Kallio
16 October -  World Student Day of Prayer (19.10.) -event
23 October -  Christian Worship by Timo Nisula
30 October -  Antisemitism and holocaust by Susanna Kokkonen
6 November 4 PM - Veritas Forum
6 November 6 PM - Veritas Forum  Follow Up
13 November - The Christian and the Popular Culture by Markus Syrjätie
20 November - Uncover Bible Study
27 November - Holy Spirit's Gifts by Robert Ojala
4 December - How to Rest During Stress by Heli Ojala
11 December - Christmas Party!

Spring 2018

23 January - Tortilla Evening!
30 January - Conversion Stories by Ari Malmi
6 February - Bible Study with Robert Ojala
13 February - Jesus and Easter in the book of Exodus by Markus Syrjätie
20 February - Bible Study with Robert Ojala
27 February - The Life and Work of Joseph in Egypt by Antti Kallio
6 March - Tua and Torsten Sandell - Church Work in Istanbul
13 March - Bible Study with Robert Ojala
20 March 4 PM - Veritas Forum
20 March 6 PM - Veritas Forum Follow Up - Aku Visala, Danielle Miettinen
27 March - Spring Meeting
3 April - English Board Game Evening
10 April  - Bible Study with Robert Ojala
17 April - Sampsa Nelimarkka has something to say
24 April - "In the Beginning" (Genesis 1-11) with Ari Norro
1 May - May Day Picnics
8 May - Does God Hear by Outi Nietosvaara
15 May - Summer Party

Cell Groups

Join our cell groups where we study the Bible, pray together and get to know each other. We examine the life and purpose of Jesus Christ. Welcome to join our cell groups! Contact our student worker Robert Ojala for more information about our cell group gatherings.

Bilingual Bible Study

Bilingual Bible study starting this fall! You are welcome to join us to study the Word of God in both Finnish and English and meet new people. We use the Glad Tidings Bible Study material. Contact our student worker for more information.

Coffee Break

Come to have a cup of coffee and chat with us between lectures. Check the coffee times from our website!

Game evenings and other activities

Join our English email list to be informed about our game evenings and other free time activities.

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To stay informed and get the latest updates, you can join our email list by contacting our studentworker.


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Student worker

Johannes Ahtola
045 609 2909

Want to support us?

Our work is supported mainly by individual Christians. If you want to support our work financially, you can do it with the following bank account information:
- IBAN: FI26 8318 6710 0053 04
- Reference number for OPKO Turku work: 2215

Legal authorization for fundraising: Poliisihallitus on myöntänyt Suomen Ev.lut. Opiskelija- ja Koululaislähetys ry:lle 17.3.2015 rahankeräysluvan POL-2014-13477 ajalle 17.3.2015-31.12.2019. Varainkeruu voidaan toteuttaa Suomessa pl. Ahvenanmaa niin, että kerätyt varat käytetään kaikille avoimien opiskelija- ja nuorteniltojen, yleisöluentojen, pienrymien ja leirien järjestämiseen, viestintään, nuorten henkilökohtaiseen tukeen sekä yleishyödyllisen toiminnan välineisiin ml. OPKOn tilojen varustamiseen.

OPKO is a part of IFES


OPKO - Evangelical Lutheran Student Mission of Turku
is a member of
IFES - International Fellowship of Evangelical Students


IFES in your own country?
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