Ron Huston – Love for Latvia
In 2009, Ron and Cindy Huston were called to a small Latvian town of Talsi through a mission trip with Bear Valley Church, in Lakewood Colorado, USA. From the moment they arrived they felt a calling to help Talsi Baptist Church and the local school.
Because they both had worked in schools and Ron had led technology organizations throughout his career their first project was to provide the school teachers with laptop computers, digital cameras and projectors.
As they were doing this project they learned how the Sunday School needed help with their children’s ministry and children at the church and the school needed clothing, especially for the winter.
Children’s Christian crafts are sent each year for the Sunday School and the Vacation Bible School, along with teaching materials. The Sunday School has grown from one small classroom to four classrooms and the VBS has grown to over 100 children.
Multiple shipments of children’s and young adult clothing are made throughout the year.
In the spring of 2014, Love for Latvia partnered with the Latvian Lutheran Church in Lakewood Colorado to raise funds for “Happy Feet”. “Happy Feet” was a program providing shoes and socks to children in the Kurzeme region of Latvia. Talsi is in this region and received shoes and socks from the $4,200 raised through an evening of Latvian food and entertainment.
In 2015, a special project was created to replace the windows in the sanctuary. The project required $11,000 to replace 16 windows in the sanctuary. The windows were nearly 80 years old and the church was cold in the winter and hot in the summer. They were afraid to open the windows in the summer for fear they would crumble.
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Your contributions are greatly needed so we can continue to provide Christian crafts and learning guides for Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, school supplies and clothing for children in the Talsi community.
|Budget||Sunday School and Vacation Bible School supplies $1,500 annually
Laptop computers, tablets and clothing $800 annually for shipping
New Sanctuary windows $11,000
Children and Youth (infants – 19 years)
Definition of short-term success
Meeting the needs of the local schools technology programs, clothing children and providing the opportunity to learn about our Lord and Savior.
Definition of long-term success
Since 2009 the original short-term plans are being met. These are evidenced through teachers having laptops, children receiving clothing and shoes. One of the greatest successes is the Sunday School program has grown from one classroom to four classrooms and Vacation Bible School has grown from 40 children to over 100. Our focus continues to support and continue the growth of sharing Christ Love and the Love from America with Latvia.
Program success monitored by
Bear Valley Church Move the World team, Servants of Christ International, Talsi Baptist Church, Bridge Builders International, Lakewood Lutheran Latvian Church and the Latvian Cultural Center.
Examples or evidence of program success
- 35 laptops have been donated for the Teachers in Elementary and High School.
- Sunday School at Talsi Baptist Church has grown from 1 classroom to 4 classrooms.
- Vacation Bible School has grown from 40 children to over 100.
- Partnership with Latvian Cultural Center resulted in raising $4,200 for shoes and socks.
- Over 1,500 lbs of children’s clothing has been provided.
- Over 700 lbs of Sunday School and School supplies have been provided.