Outgoing President Micheil Saakashvili of Georgia has awarded Archbishop Malkhaz Songulashvili with the Order of St Nicolas “for his charity work and selfless service to the country and people of Georgia” (ქველმოქმედებისათვის, ქვეყნისა და ხალხის უანგარო სამსახურისათვის). This is for the first time in the life of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia that the civil authority recognises the worth of contribution made by the Baptist Archbishop as one of county’s spiritual leaders.
This year has been has been the year of various sorts of recognitions as well as a number of challenges.
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NOTE: Since I do not have a picture from this recent event, I have used a picture from the recent ceremony when Malkhaz has received the title of Honorary Citizen on Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.