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.'
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Dear friends in Jesus Christ,
We started the new year with an eight-week series looking at Genesis 25-35. In these chapter we have the so well-known stories of Isaac and his twin boys – Esau and Jacob. From the human perspective this is one truly messed up family of lying, scheming, quick-tempered, worldly, week-willed, deceitful humans. But that is only one side of the story. In reality these chapters give us several fundamental lessons about God. You see, the main character in these chapters is God. We see that God is sovereignly and invisibly working out his plan to bless Abraham’s descendants. He does it despite human inactivity or human scheming and wickedness. If God has said something, we can be sure that he will accomplish it. Secondly, we see that God is full of mercy and grace. At points it is shocking to read about the decisions and plans that the famous family make. And yet, it is not about Isaac, Rebekah, Esau and Jacob. God shows amazing grace and patience to these people. Amazing! We are encouraged by these awesome truths as we begin the new year and as we entrust the church ministry in God’s hands.
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