Although this Baltic country was less affected by Soviet rule than many of the other countries where SON Network serves, many challenges still exist.
Years of German occupation have resulted in a negative association with the Lutheran Church and there is a strong presence of Paganism. Through careful nurturing of initial contacts, SON Network has been able to form a trusting relationship with Lutheran Pastor Raimonds Mezins, Director of St. Gregors Christian Education Center in Saldus, Latvia. Under his leadership, this ministry has continued to grow to meet the unique needs of pastors and ministry workers serving in former communist countries. In addition to this already huge scope of responsibilities, Pastor Mezins also leads Saint Martin’s Lutheran Church in Saldus.View Opportunities
SON’s Work in Latvia
English Bible Camps/Life & Adventure Camps
SON Network takes teams to Latvia each summer to serve as teachers in our English Bible Camp and Life & Adventure Camps. We are particularly honored to partner with Daina Zandberga. Daina is Headmistress of Striki School, a local public school dedicated to teaching Christian principles through the Montessori method of teaching. Daina came to a relationship with Jesus after experiencing the hope and love of Christ through SON Network short-term missionaries teaching an English Bible Camp at her school.
Full Time Missionary - David Michael Carrillo
SON Network deploys Pr. David Michael Carrillo (DMC) as a full-time “Music-sionary” to Latvia. DMC is a talented musician and recording artist and often uses his original music when preaching and teaching. He has been serving as a full time missionary since 2010 and works all over Latvia and neighboring countries. Additionally, he leads morning prayer and devotions at Striki School several times a week as well as being the campus chaplain. DMC has unofficially adopted three Latvian children abandoned by their own fathers and is raising them to know their heavenly Father. He travels with SON Teams throughout the summer adding a special element to our camps.
Read DMC’s latest blog post here: DMC Blog
Regional Learning Center
One of the effects of communism was the loss of understanding of what it means to be the church in the world. Since 2017, SON Network has been honored to host an event for pastors and church workers which brings partners from all over the former Soviet Union to learn things like making disciples, missions and outreach, pastoral and congregational care, etc. These conferences also provide an opportunity for fellowship and relaxation which is a privilege not often enjoyed by pastors and church workers in this part of the world.