Meyle, served St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Union Grove WI until in 1993 he was called to serve as pastor of the German Lutheran congregation, the "House of Prayer", in Almaty, Kazakhstan. While there, he also facilitated educational seminars for the national church workers, taught at the Almaty seminary, and served as field director of PrimeKare , the medical/dental mobile clinic giving free care to children under the age of 18 and to pregnant women.
Since his retirement in January 2003, he periodically returns to Almaty as a part-time volunteer to assist the congregation at the House of Prayer and their national pastor, Rev. Gennadij Khonin.
Over 200 years ago, Peter the Great and later Catherine the Great, Russian czars, invited Germans to help colonize part of their country. They were allowed to form their own communities and practice their predominately Lutheran faith. They worked very hard and eventually became very prosperous. Under Communist rule, churches were forced underground and many Germans were deported to Siberia and Kazakhstan. After the fall of the "Iron Curtain", Kazakhstan became an independent republic and many worshiping congregations of ethnic German Lutherans emerged. They appealed for help to the Western world as there were only 5 ordained pastors remaining in all of the former Soviet Union.
Today the German Lutheran of Almaty forms a springboard to minister to the people of Central Asia and to the people of Kazakhstan, which is the 9th largest nation (in area) in the world. Kazakhstan is strategically located south of Siberia and northwest of China. It's population is about 50% Kazakh who are nominally Muslim, 30% Russian, some of whom are Russian Orthodox, 3% , and 17% mixed nationalities.
Mrs. Meyle (Jan) supports this work by "keeping the home fires burning" at their base in Port Washington and by presenting slide lectures to give visual information about the mission work. When he is home, Pastor Meyle preaches about God's work in Kazakhstan and Central Asia. You may contact the Meyles at:
Rev. & Mrs. Meyle
2072 Upper Ridge Road
Port Washington WI 53074
Donations are greatly appreciated, can be made by check or cash and are tax deductable. Checks should be written out to "Grace Lutheran Church", designated for "Kazakhstan Ministry" and sent to:
Mrs. Lorie Kanetzke
4803 Kings Cove Road
Racine WI 53406