The following is taken from a letter from the minister of our sister church in Kuldiga, Latvia. It was forwarded to us by Ron & Carol Werker who have both been heavily involved in our mission work in that Eastern European country.
behalf of the entire Kuldīga Methodist congregation, I would like to welcome
you in this wonderful time of Advent and wish that the Light that we await with
great excitement and longing shines in your hearts and fills them with hope,
peace, faith, love and joy. We look forward to meeting you face to face again
with great hope.
you very much for your prayers, good thoughts and all kinds of support that
allow us to be, grow and serve not only in our church, but to the people of the
summer and autumn time has again sped by like the wings of the wind, but
looking back we see that it has been filled with God's grace. In the summer, we
enjoyed social gatherings in the countryside, enjoying peonies, lilies and
dahlias. We created an ensemble with cello, violin, trumpet, guitar, piano
players and singers and took part in the LAMB Song Day. At the beginning of
September, together with the Pentecostal congregation, we organized a blessed
evangelization event for children with lectures, games, physical activities and
a delicious meal.
Sunday, November 20, there was a big celebration in our church - the 100th
anniversary of the founding of the Kuldīga Methodist Church and 22 years since
its restoration. We were visited by lovely guests from the other congregations
to thank God for these years full of grace and to ask for blessings for the
economic projects are also ongoing in our parish. This summer, we restored two
more windows of the parish house on the side of the yard, and we are currently
writing a project together with the other residents of the building to receive
co-financing from the municipality for the repair of the building's roof. In
order to save money in this stressful time, we try to act wisely, heating and
lighting the church premises and also doing social service. Our Aina already
bought pellets for heating at the beginning of summer, when their price was
still three times lower than the current one.
also continue our service work twice a week by offering people warm food and
the opportunity to take a shower and do laundry. In the near future, we plan to
buy another washing machine, because one of the two existing ones has served
its time and cannot be repaired anymore.
refugee families from Ukraine also use the opportunity to bathe and wash
clothes. In the church, we try to help these war-affected families in various
ways. Igita has taken in a family with five children from the Russian-occupied
Luhansk region and a concussed Ukrainian army soldier and his wife. We try to
get involved and provide our support also in the aid actions organized by other
organizations, because there are a lot of needs.
in my family this year, God has honored himself and blessed Edgar and me with a
granddaughter, Kate, who is the daughter of Alise and Gvido. God's blessings do
not end there, the family of our son Artūrs and his wonderful wife Gita will be
richer with a little boy in a few months, and Edgars and I will become
grandparents to another baby.
would like you to support Alise's family with your prayers as her husband Gvido
is a soldier and is currently on a NATO peacekeeping mission in Kosovo as the
situation is tense not only in Ukraine but also in Kosovo.
though we are separated by many thousands of kilometers, I know that we are
close to each other in our thoughts, prayers and God's love. We hope to meet
you in January at the Christmas celebration organized by FOL through the
possibilities provided by the Internet. We also very much hope that you will
have the opportunity to visit us again in Latvia next year, when the FOL
meetings will be organized in person. Thank you very much for what you are to
us, for your immeasurable love for our church and for us personally! May this season
of Advent and the Feast of the Nativity of Christ be full of blessings for you!
Zinta, Edgars and Kuldīga congregation.
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