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.'
No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. (1 John 4:12).
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
We started the new year of ministry with a short series from Luke’s Gospel. One of the striking things that we don’t often realise is that there was a 400-year long silence from God before the angel announced the birth of the Saviour of the world. The more you think about this silence the more you appreciate that God is speaking. And not only speaking – but proclaiming truly great news! God in his faithfulness wants to save the sinners from the nations. And as we are do ministry here in Riga, this loving kindness and patience of God is such an important drive in all that we do!
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