“The subject of orphan ministry was spoken about for the first time in many Latvian churches.”
By Jaycee Jensen
RIGA, Latvia – Depending on your awareness of orphan ministry around the world, you may have heard of Orphan Sunday or Christian Alliance for Orphans. If not, you can Google both of these things and see the amazing things that are happening through each of them. I say all of this to share that Latvia has not been very “on board” with orphan care. That is starting to change slowly, and after this fall/winter, I am convinced that a movement is starting in Latvia to ignite a fire in the hearts of followers of Jesus for the orphans of Latvia. Thanks to some influential people who love the Lord and have a heart for orphans, there are two initiatives starting that will help to shine a brighter light on the need for orphan ministry in Latvia.
Orphan Sunday was launched in Latvia, for the first time, in the Fall. Orphan Sunday is a Sunday that is dedicated to highlight orphans and our call to care for them. Because of Orphan Sunday, the subject of orphan ministry was spoken about for the first time in many Latvian churches. This is very exciting, as it created a lot of interest for people to get involved in some way or another.
Through Orphan Sunday, groups of people have come together with the sole purpose of furthering the cause of the Fatherless here in Latvia. There is now an official “Latvian Christian Alliance for Orphans.” The Alliance right now includes several people from different denominations and organizations here in Latvia. The first event that the Alliance will offer is a conference to help people know where they fit in with caring for orphans in Latvia, and will offer different ways to get involved with orphan ministry, both personally and through the church. I am excited to say that New Hope Latvia is a member of the Latvian Christian Alliance to Orphans, and we look forward to helping orphan ministry move forward here in Latvia.