Latvia Missionaries

We are providing the financial support that provides for the pastoral leadership of two mission stations in this country as well as money to keep the doors open. Please help us meet our goal of $350 a month.


Where is Matras and the country of Latvia?

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A Special Guest Visited Good Shepherd Sunday, May 2, 2010

Rev. Gita MednisOn Sunday, May 2nd, 2010, we had a visit from the Reverend Gita Mednis, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Riga, Latvia and the District Superintendent of the thirteen United Methodist congregations in Latvia. She was preaching at the 9:15AM and 11:00AM worship services. Rev. Mednis was in the United States for a meeting of the Friends of Latvia and Lithuania. Her visit will continue to strengthen the ties we share with sisters and brothers in Christ in Latvia. We have been in a connecting relationship to congregations there since 2004.

Latvia Mission Trip
Five representatives from Good Shepherd traveled to Latvia as part of a mission trip. Starting Sunday, July 26th, 2009, they served as counselors for a week in a Christian camping experience for troubled children. On Sunday, July 26th, 2009 and Sunday, August 2nd, 2009, they worshiped with other United Methodists in Latvia. In particular, they had a meeting with Reverend Edgars Sneiders and the people of Matras and Tasi congregations whom we help support. The team return to Waldorf on August 6th, 2009. The team members are Bob Kells (leader), Sarah Kells, Alina Busch, Emma Larsen, Pastor Steve Larsen.

Click here to see Bob Kells' blog from the mission trip.


Good Shepherd helps support two congregations with prayers and financial gifts:


Matras United Methodist Church

Tasi United Methodist Church

» Established in 1921
» Closed by Soviet authorities in 1948
» Services began again in 1993 after the collapse of the Soviet Union
» They hold special Christmas and Easter services
» Has a Sunday school
» Several Sunday school camps are held each summer
» Christian events are held in a local cultural center

Click to see images from Matras United Methodist Church

» Is a second, smaller congregation located in a village not far from Matras
» Established in 2000
» There had never been a church there before
» People are very open to the gospel here

Click to see images from Tasi United Methodist Church