Malcolm & Ruth Firth
Malcolm and Ruth both grew up in Christian homes and came to faith at an early age. They met at University in Aberystwyth, where the Lord called them both to cross-cultural mission. They studied at Union in South Wales and worked with the church at Whittlesey before being sent to Latvia in 1996.
After working with a Russian-speaking Baptist church for several years, Malcolm became co-pastor of Riga International Church where they served until 2010. Since then they have started a church plant, now known as Grace International Baptist Church.
The church started in their flat, and drew in a number of refugees as well as international students, expats working in Latvia and some local people. This makes for an interesting mix of languages, where there can be translation into as many as four languages in one service.
Having outgrown their home, the church now meets in rented office space, and is in the process of registering officially as a church.
As well as pastoring the church, Malcolm is involved in the work of the Latvian Bible Centre, where he serves on the board and teaches some of the courses. He also teaches church planters through the Baltic Church Planting Network. He has made occasional trips to Africa to train local leaders.
Ruth is involved in starting a jewellery business to support a Syrian refugee family who attend the church, as well as leading small group Bible studies. She is also involved in simplifying and editing Christian books in co-operation with Grace Publications Trust.
The church in Whittlesey, in conjunction with other churches, support Malcolm and Ruth in their work through an organisation called Grace Baptist Mission.
If you would like to receive copies of Malcolm and Ruth’s prayer letters, please contact us and we will be pleased to add you on to their circulation list.
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