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A Lithuanian missionary in the UK

July 30, 2010

It’s a great thrill to be able to report on the work that a former student of ours will commence later this year. Rita is a Lithuanian national who has been in the UK for six years and during that time has completed our BA and is about to finish her MA in Mission Studies. She and her husband Vidas, have been sensing a call to work in the UK among Polish migrants. This is a tough assignment for them as their home churches in Lithuania are not wealthy and therefore not able to offer much in the way of financial support. Secondly, there are real sensitivities surrounding the fact that many Polish migrants have a Roman Catholic background and although they may be less likely to attend Mass after moving to the UK, their background cannot be ignored. Rita will be learning Polish and spending a lot of time trying to understand how best to engage in mission with non-practising Roman Catholic Poles living in the UK.

Rita is a great example of a non-Western missionary working in Western Europe among non-Western nationals! That is the reality of European mission in the 21st century and she will be breaking new ground. She has just set up a new blog for those of you who are interested in following her work. We will also report on it from time to time. See her blog at http://rimkaigloucester.blogspot.com/