My Call To Latvia
Dievs, Svētī Latviju!
Latvian for "God Bless Latvia"
My Calling to Latvia & Eastern Europe
It was in the summer of 2006, that the Lord started to speak to my heart about going to Eastern Europe. I was going through a season of transitions in ministry during that time. My musical ministry was moving more into a speaking/lecture ministry with the release of my book "Fearfully Wonderfully Made" ( My Christian Journey with ADHD). I was also doing a lot of guest preaching across the nation while the musical part that was so central for years was now playing a supportive role to this new venture.
I also kept wondering if Eastern Europe had a role in this new season I was entering. Well the Lord made it loud and clear about Eastern Europe in December of 2007, after a series of chains of events I was introduced to the wonderful people of East European Mission Network. (EEMN)
East European Missions Network,
EEMN is a very Bible based-Christ centered mission group that works in close relationship with indigenous believers, often Lutherans, in Belarus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine and Turkey.
EEMN's highest priority is to help train a new generation of Christ-centered, Bible-based leaders committed to the fulfillment of the Great Commission and the rebuilding of their church.
I have been blessed that since 2008,GentleWind Ministries International has build a strong relationship with East European Missions Network & Spirit of Joy church in Indianapolis, IN who have supported me in this awesome out reach to the people of Latvia.
How I serve Latvia and Eastern Europe
In 2001, Striki Public School became the first introduction to Jesus Christ and Christianity to a new generation of children. The school director, Daina Zandberga has a deep desire that the children would at lest know about Jesus Christ by offering Christian education and morning devotions.
Daina grew up under the Soviet occupation in the country (1945 to 1991). During the Soviet years many historical churches were destroyed or closed and many Christians lost their lives. Atheism was the prevalent idealism for the Soviet Union and was taught through out the schools.
EEMN and I have developed a very close working relationship with Daina and Striki School since November of 2010. By leading Friday morning devotions and working among both teachers and students we continue to find new ways we can reach the next generation for Jesus.
St Gregors Education Center in Saldus, Latvia
St.Gregor's Education Center is a meeting place for missionaries, Pastors and Lay leaders from all around the world, established for people to be called, trained and sent out into ministry "to the ends of the earth". We are also a retreat and conference center for various Christian events.
I have the honor to live and work alongside the wonderful staff at St Gregors were I have conducted Bible studies and given lectures, preach and lead worship. I serve more in a pastoral role when needed.
Speaking & Singing Engagements World Wide
The Lord has opened up new doors of ministry engagements for me to preach and sing at numerous churches, lectures, and Christian conferences. Now traveling throughout the United States and Europe, I'm amazed in the places the Lord has led me so far including West & Eastern Europe, the Middle East & Aisa. I look forward to seeing what other doors will open in the coming years.
English Bible Camp Outreach in Eastern Europe
As a traveling "Musicianary" on behalf of EEMN, my role is to offer pastoral support and serve as the worship leader and music director for each of these summer camps which takes place in Latvia, Estonia, Slovakia, Albania, Ukraine, and Russia.
Please pray that many children and teenagers would come to faith in Jesus Christ as we share the Gospel through English lessons, music, sports, and crafts.
A "Dad" for Kristaps, Liga and Markus.
" A Father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families" Psalm 68:5-6a:
What a difference unconditional love can make to a hurting family that was dealing with the death of two beloved grandparents while trying to rebuild their lives after the end of an abusive marriage.
As the Lord placed me within this host family since December of 2010, I have seen so many positive changes in Kristaps, Līga and their mom Maija.
In February of 2014, "the unexpected surprise child" Markuss, came into my life making me now the father of 3. To all the people in both the schools and community I have become known as Kris, Liga & Mark's "dad" an honor and privilege I never expected.
Would you partner with me
After being a full time touring artist for over 20 years, it has been different to be at the same place every day investing in the lives of the kids and their families in Striķi and Saldus. The one thing I always missed out when traveling on the road, is not seeing the fruit that the Lord may have brought forth from my ministry event.
Since moving to Latvia in November of 2010, I have been excited to see the Lord move among the hearts of the kids and their families and see positive changes take place. It is almost like being a farmer who plants in a field and now waits for the harvest.
Would you prayerfully consider being a mission partner with me? As with any missionary ministry, it does take funding. I must at lest raise $800.00 per month the minimum required by the Latvian government to stay in the country.
Any love offering of $5, $10, $25, $50 or $100.00 per month or as a one time gift really does make a difference to the lives of the children and the families we are reaching here in Saldus, Striķi Latvia and beyond.
If you feel lead to give a one time gift or would like to give monthly, you may send your tax-deductible gift payable to:
GentleWind Ministries International
PO Box 44601
Indianapolis, IN 46244
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