The Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Washington, D.C. provides a place to commemorate, celebrate, and convey Latvian culture. Services and events, extended to the public, are conducted in Latvian. The church also conducts a Latvian school on Sunday mornings during the school year, providing a place for children to learn about their heritage in a Christian context.
At the end of each school year, the oldest class – the 8th graders – has the responsibility to decide where to forward the funds that have been collected in a special children’s offering during Sunday worship. They look back over their years of study and take into account ministries they have learned about.
Last year’s graduating class decided to devote half of the collection – $1,000 – to benefit refugee children or unaccompanied minors in the U.S. through the ministry of LIRS!
Thank you to the children and youth at the Latvian school in Washington, D.C. and to the entire congregation. Your kindness and support for other young people who are new to our country is an inspiration!