In recent years, the Christian population of Latvia has been reducing. Secularism has taken hold and there has been a rise in the number of Latvians professing no religious affiliation.
In the capital city of Riga – where one third of the Latvian population live – around 44,800 people attend church every week but only a handful prioritise faithful bible teaching. Church-goers are not being fed regularly from God’s word and so lack maturity in their faith and an understanding of their role in sharing the good news of Christ with unbelievers.
Pārdaugava Reformed Church was established in Riga in September 2016, headed up by Mārtiņš Martinson, Andis Miezitis and Miroslavs Tumanovskis. The church is located in Pārdaugava - a prime location for reaching out to the many young families and university students who live there. The key aims of the church are:
Miroslavs writes, 'Our key conviction is that God works in power as his word is taught. Therefore we focus the ministry of the church on the teaching of God’s word. Whatever we do - be it evangelism, building-up believers or training new workers - the word of God must be central.'
Dear brothers and sisters,
I hope this letter finds you well. My hope and prayer is that you all may know the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ in these troubled times. He is our shelter, refuge and fortress (Psalm 91). With this short update we want you to know how things are with Pārdaugava Reformed Church here in Riga.
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As in the rest of Europe and the world, we also have been impacted by the spread of the Covid-19 virus. As of today, 398 people have been diagnosed with the virus. Thank God no one has lost their life because of it. The experts say that since 25 March Latvia has moved into the second phase of the spread of the virus. What does that mean? Until now all of the cases were linked to people coming back to Latvia from abroad. On 25 March five people were diagnosed who cannot point to their recent travels. That means they got the virus from a local contact. This is the beginning of the spread of the virus into the rest of the society. We don’t know what this will bring in terms of the measures taken by the government. So far Latvia has not been in lockdown. Instead, there have been two sorts of procedures. Those who came back from abroad had to stay in quarantine for 14 days. The rest of society was encouraged to ‘stay at home’ as well as observe ‘social distancing’ while out. Obviously there have been breaches in both groups. So we don’t know what the next two to three weeks hold for us.
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