Our Trip

On Friday, Anna and I head back to the States for what we are terming a "sabbatical." We pray and hope it will be a good time of rest and healing for Anna and I. You can pray with us for that!

After seven years of serving overseas as a missionary and nearly three years of marriage, it is also good to stop to reflect on what God has done, what He is doing and what I hope He will do in the future. My hope is that we will spend time together in prayer and seeking and listening to what God has ahead for us.

We would love to know you are praying with us!

I'll post an update when we land back in Rīga.


The Now & The Not Yet

God is moving. Do we see it?

He’s called us to join in what He is already doing in Central & Eastern Europe! Our JV vision statement reads “A movement of God among the youth of Central and Eastern Europe that finds its home in the local church & transforms society.” We are seeing pieces of this already happening in this part of the world. Yet, we believe God wants to do much more!

Would you consider joining us in praying for these five things?
  • Seek99 - Jesus told His followers the parable of the lost sheep; when the Good Shepherd leaves the 99 to go after the lost one. The reality in this part of the world is that those numbers are flipped. 1% of young people in Central and Eastern Europe are evangelical believers. So we are asking God to send us out to the reach the 99!
  • Edge Sports - we began a new avenue of reaching young people in this part of the world (similar to Fusion, but only with sports). Pray as we step into new territory and as God provides leadership for this "highway" of our ministry.
  • Social Media - young people spend their lives on social media. They are constantly connected. How can we figure out new ways to communicate the hope of Jesus through social media in a way that will engage this next generation?
  • 1,000 Churches - new healthy and reproducing churches planted in this region.
  • 11 Countries - in this region who still do not have JV staff actively working.

We have some pretty cool wristbands (above) to help remind us to pray. Will you pray with us?



The theme this yea for our annual Josiah Venture spring conference was "Relentless." The focus was on God's relentless pursuit of His people.

We had the privilege of hearing from Bryan Chapell, the author, speaker and former president of Covenant Seminary. His taught six sessions on grace and redemption at the center of all Scripture. It was not only a great week of learning, but also a great week of fellowship. We are so thankful for our JV family! If you're interested in listening to the talks and going through the notes, you can get them here!



Time flies! We're already coming up to the end of year #2 of the RĪGA Internship! It's been a much different year than I expected, but it's been cool to see God at work in each of our lives. Allow me to introduce you to the group this year; Jared, me, Anna R, Krista & Kristiāna (from left to right).

I'd appreciate if you'd stop right now to pray with me for each of them! Last October we began studying some of the basics of our christian faith with the goal that each of us would go through the materials with someone else. Pray that we would continue to follow Jesus where He has placed us and He would use use to share the Gospel with the people He has put in our lives. He already has and I want to see that continue! Thank you.


Health scare

Had an interesting last two days. Came home on Friday to pack for a "weekend away" with Anna at a friends' house an hour outside of Rīga. I sat down to eat dinner and began to feel abnormally tired. I laid down on the couch and noticed that my heart was racing. I put my hand on my chest and felt that it was beating erratically; racing, slowing down and skipping beats. A pretty creepy feeling. I laid down, tried to breathe deep and calm myself down. Nothing changed. I moved to my bed and tried to fall asleep. Still no difference.

Finally, I asked Anna to call the ambulance and they arrived at our apartment a few minutes later. They did a few quick tests and said I needed to come with them. We hopped in the ambulance and drove to Gaiļezers hospital. They checked me into the ER and put me on a gurney. I was rolled into a giant room split up by curtains and laid there for about an hour with a dozen other people. One of my neighbors was an older heavily intoxicated woman who was yelling non-stop and cussing at everyone in Russian. Not too long after that I heard my other neighbor's vomit splashing against the tile floor. What a pleasant working environment! As I laid there I prayed a quick prayer for a doctor that could at least understand English (my medical Latvian is not that great!). It turned out, she didn't understand, but she was very sweet and patient with my Latvian. She gave me medicine to slow my heart rate down and hooked me up to an EKG machine. I laid there for another hour or so. After it was clear I was staying the night in the hospital I asked the doctor if my wife could come back to say goodnight. She smiled, and said she would send someone to get her. A small miracle! Normally that doesn't happen (the smiling or any appearance of customer service) in hospitals here! Anna and I talked for a while and then I was wheeled into an overnight room with two other men. I got my gear situated as they did a few last tests to see if my blood pressure had dropped and heart rate had slowed down. A friend of ours came to the hospital to pick up Anna and drive her home. Because of the combination of medicine and my heart racing for a few hours, I fell asleep immediately.

I woke up in the middle of the night confused about where I was and very clearly needing to visit the restroom. In a daze, I walked to the bathroom and positioned myself in front of the toilet. I began feeling dizzy, and my hearing and vision started to go. "I guess I'm about to pass out." I managed to lean back in time and sit on the window sill. The next thing I know, I woke up on the bathroom floor. Confused, I got up and stumbled back to my bed. My body was hot and tingly all over and my hearing was muffled. Not realizing what had just happened (first time ever passing out!), I got back in bed and quickly fell asleep. I woke up around 6:00 AM when two doctors came into our room to check on us. They checked my monitors and told me my heart was back on a normal rhythm and "you can go home." I got dressed and walked out of the ER with the doctor. Paid my bill and called a taxi.

The best news out of this whole experience... my total bill for the ambulance ride, tests, medicine and a night in the hospital = €7. Yayyy socialized medicine :)


JV Annual Report

Check out Josiah Venture's annual report and celebrate with us what God is doing across Central & Eastern Europe! You can download it on Dropbox here or view it below;