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RIGA, LATVIA

Resting on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea, Riga, the capital city of Latvia, is beautiful and broken—a place of flower gardens, art nouveau architecture, and distrust. During Soviet times, the church in Latvia was so suppressed that it was reduced to nearly nothing. When communism receded and Latvia joined the European Union, Latvians began to explore their roots. Now paganism is on the rise, and though the culture is not anti-religion or anti-Christian, it is a difficult field in which to work.


Here, a small team of MTW missionaries is working with several Reformed churches in Riga, preaching the gospel and advancing a vision to plant more churches in the city and throughout Latvia. They reach out to their community through hospitality, one-on-one evangelism, and discipling relationships. Within the church, they facilitate group Bible studies and train local Christian leaders. Despite the history of church repression, the hope of Christ is taking root in Latvia, and the light of the world is piercing even the coldest Baltic hearts.

MEET THE TEAM

Smith, Robert & Jeanne

God confirmed His calling in their lives to foreign missions, and post-communist Europe tugged at their hearts.

God confirmed His calling in their lives to foreign missions, and post-communist Europe tugged at their hearts.

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Pray for missionaries seeking to minister to those who are critical and hard to love. Pray that missionaries would love their neighbor as Christ loved us.

Give thanks to God for a movement of the Spirit spreading across Europe opening doors that have been long-shut.

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Pray for Monika, that God would continue to heal her, give her a new purpose, and protect her life from physical harm, and for Andrea, that she would grow deep roots of faith and be a witness to those like her—unlikely subjects—of the reality of the grace of God.

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