Pray for Latvia

Latvia - world map

Many of our Suburban family probably wonder where Latvia is! Double click on the map above and you’ll be able to see Latvia’s situation between Estonia on the North, Lithuania on the South, Russia on the East and the Baltic Sea on the West. The climate is cold – much colder than Oregon. Riga is the capital city of Latvia with a population of just under 700,000. Our Sister Church, Matthew’s Church, is the largest evangelical church in Latvia. Early on the Corvallis area connection to Latvia was birthed out of a passion in the heart of Chuck Kelley, one time Pastor at First Baptist here in Corvallis. Chuck has deep family roots in Latvia and a family that has long desired to see the Gospel of Jesus freely shared in Latvia – in fact his grandfather was a Pastor in Latvia prior to the Russian occupation of Latvia in 1944. Over time Chuck’s ministry to Latvia has included linking stateside churches with Latvian churches in an effort to support the growth of the Gospel both in Latvia and here. If you’d like to read more of the history of these connections, pick up the book “Surprised by the Father’s Plan” by Chuck Kelley (available on Amazon).

Financial Strength for Latvia

  •      Many are moving from Latvia and from Matthew’s Church looking for jobs.
  •      Latvia is the fastest growing economy in the European Union.
  •      Latvia began using the Euro on January 1. This is the 5th Latvian currency in a span of about 40 years.

Leadership Strength for Latvia

  • Laimdota Straujuma is the new Latvian Prime Minister. She attained this position after the prior Prime Minister, Valdis Dombrovskis, resigned the post in the wake of a supermarket roof collapse that killed 54 people. She will lead an investigation into the collapse.

Spiritual Strength for Latvia

  • The Baltic Pastoral Institute – Steve and I will teach and share with a group of young men training for ministry and their wives and fiancees during our time in Latvia. Pray that we will encourage them and that they will encourage us!
  • Peter and Baiba – pray for Peter and Baiba as they serve the Lord in Riga at Matthews Church.
  • Women’s Event – There is a Women’s ‘Lecture’ at Matthew’s Church on Friday, January 31 and Friday, February 7 with speaker Kristine Zonne. Pray that God speaks clearly to the women who attend this event.




Prayer Please!

Steve and Claudia Lee
Steve and Claudia Lee

From Claudia:

Our trip to Latvia is racing toward us. Steve and I are excited about seeing Peter and Baiba again, about teaching and sharing with the Pastors at the Baltic Pastoral Institute, and about seeking the Lord’s heart for this new family relationship with Matthews Church in Riga, Latvia. We covet your prayers … no, WE NEED YOUR PRAYERS! So here are our prayer requests:

  • Effective preparation time and trust that God will fill up what we lack.
  • Travel mercies as we leave Portland on Wednesday, February 19 and return to Portland on Monday, March 3.
  • To be sensitive to God’s leading and ready to be used of Him no matter what happens during our travel, i.e. delays, lost luggage, whatever!
  • Ease of communication in spite of language and cultural barriers.
  • That God will be our teachers as we teach others.
  • That we will learn from our sisters and brothers in Riga and from the Lord as He reveals His heart for Suburban and Matthews Church.
  • That a deep love and trust will develop quickly between all of us.

Watch this blog and continue to pray for us as we journey toward Riga. In the next couple of weeks we’ll post schedule/itinerary information.