Vidas & Rita Rimkus
Rugile and Ugne
We always keep our door slightly open, so God has brought many nations including locals to our home. We believe that our home should represent the Kingdom of God, thus hospitality has become a main activity for meeting people.
Rita became a Christian after the collapse of Berlin Wall. Vidas met God in the UK, while Rita was studying at Redcliffe College. In 2010, this missionary family from Lithuania joined ECM to work alongside churches in Gloucester (being based out of Brunswick Baptist Church).
The ministry started in their neighbourhood, where they fell in love with a Polish family. As God is a hospitable Creator, welcoming all into His world, the family enjoy welcoming people into their home. Here, the mundane conversations turn into prayer, discovery and openness to the Spirit of God. They began a monthly refugee and asylum seekers meal at church and every few months they also set up a Free Shop for them with secondhand clothes, basic food items and so on. This work has now blossomed into the World Cafe which meets every two weeks and is a vibrant time of fun, food and connecting with people.
In March 2018, a new project called The Table of Christ Church was launched. The vision is of a 'Give-what-you-can' cafe run at a local Anglican church in partnership with the church and community there. The hope is to build on the World Cafe's success and create a place where refugees, asylum seekers and other members of the local community can come together.