Latvia

June 16-24, 2021

$2200 | Grades 9-12

(Completed by start date)

Leadership Needs: College Students and Adults

About Latvia

Latvia is a European country on the Baltic Sea between Lithuania and Estonia. Its landscape is marked by wide beaches as well as dense, sprawling forests. Latvia is the home of a proud people who long to preserve their culture and autonomy. It’s also a source of some sad statistics. The Latvian people struggle with depression and only 7% attend religious activities; fewer are believers. Unemployment, alcoholism, suicide, and abandonment have had a profound effect on the people. They need a relationship with Christ! Come let God use you to share the Gospel in a youth camp setting and in a variety of creative ways.

Why serve in Latvia?

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Actively Religious

The Latvian people struggle with depression and only 7% attend religious activities; fewer are believers. Unemployment, alcoholism, suicide, and abandonment have had a profound effect on the people.

Life expectancy for 1/3 of orphanage graduates

1/3 of the girls that graduate from the orphanages go to the streets as prostitutes and by age 30 1/3 of them are dead.

Population Growth

Since 1990 Latvia’s population is increased by 460,000 to 2 million people.

Brokenness

Alcoholism is the #1 social problem in the country. 70% of the men are alcoholics. Because of these addictions there are parents who don’t care for their children. There are 10,000 children in the orphanages (of which most are dysfunctional). Of those 10,000 orphaned 92% have living parents and they feel abandoned.
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Our Focus

People in Latvia need a relationship with Christ! Come let God use you to share the Gospel in a youth camp setting and in a variety of creative ways.

More About Latvia

Who will we serve in Latvia?

Religious People Groups

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Chuch Planter

Oskars Lūsis

Partner Organization

International Mission Board

What will we do?

  • We’ll be working in Riga area in the town of Olaine.
  • We’ll be partnering with the Baptist Convention of Latvia and the International Mission Board.
  • We’ll be staying in a combination of hotels and in tents.
  • The weather will be cooler than we’re used to for summer time and it only gets dark for about 4 hours a day.
  • Teams will be transported in vans or by trains.
  • The team will be helping facilitate a midsummer’s festival with the purpose of growing the new youth group for a new church plant, Olaines Baptist Church. There will be worship services, workshops, crafts, games, and sports at the camp. It’s a cultural tradition for Latvians to leave the cities and go out to the country side to celebrate the summer solstice. This experience gives the Latvian Baptist Convention and GoStudents a great time to encourage believers and share the Gospel with lost people.
  • There will be a free day in the historic area of Riga.

How to pray:

  • Pray for safety as we travel and work.
  • Pray for our team to work well together.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to prepare the hearts of the people in Latvia to receive the Good News.
  • Pray for boldness for myself and my team members as we share the saving power of the Gospel.
  • Pray for opportunities and wisdom to share the Gospel in a way that focuses on a real relationship with Jesus, not just religion.
  • Pray for harvest workers to embrace the younger generation before they follow in the footsteps of their atheistic ancestors.
  • Pray for despair and suicide to melt away before the hope of the Living God.

Applications Due: December 3, 2020

Training: March 27, 2021

Next Steps

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1) Fill out the Interest Form

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2) Talk to a Mission Mobilizer

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3) Fill out the Application

4) Start Fundraising

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