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Hope in Jordan

On October 30, 2017, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With No Comments

I just returned from a mission trip to Jordan (yes, missionaries can go on mission trips too). I was invited to serve with Baltic Global Initiative, an organization run by Peteris Eisans with the focus of encouraging Latvians to be involved in Mission. The initial plan for this trip was…

Summer of Hope

On August 18, 2017, Posted by , In O&P, With No Comments

Summer in Latvia is short therefore no day should ever be wasted. This season is quickly coming to a close, yet the warm weather reminds us to enjoy the bright sunshine, the beautiful flowers, and the unexpected joys God send our way. It has been a busy and blessed season, full…

European Leadership Forum

On June 5, 2017, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With No Comments

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in the European Leadership Forum. This is an evangelical Christian ministry leader gathering. It is a place to network, be challenged, and learn from the top Christian leaders in Europe. I sat under leaders that have made significant impacts across…

Project Access

On December 10, 2016, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With No Comments

Within the church, faith is formed, shared, and strengthened; relationships are forged; and gifts are discovered and developed. Unfortunately too many people with disabilities do not experience the same opportunities as others to grow spiritually. Many times physical barriers of entering the church building can limit this experience of community…

Pauze – Pause – Rest

On December 9, 2016, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With No Comments

It started with just an idea: a time of rest for parents of children affected by disability; an outreach opportunity; a setting for families to interact, share, and experience God’s love. This idea is now an exciting new ministry of Designed to Live, known as [PAUZE]. In Latvian, the word…

Come on over!

On November 25, 2016, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With No Comments

I have been thinking alot lately about accessibility and what it means for relationships. I am working on a new initiative, Project Access, to help provide resources to Latvian churches to be more physically accessible to those affected by disability. Improved accessibility to churches can have a significant impact on…

Is it Accessible?

On November 14, 2016, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With No Comments

Besides the physiological challenges, living with a physical disability is accompanied with daily challenges of accessibility, especially in Latvia. Latvia is full of very old towns with very old buildings. Most of these buildings are not adapted for wheelchair accessibility. I live on the 2nd floor of a building that…

Prayed for, Encouraged, and Energized

On September 15, 2016, Posted by , In DTL Ministry,Uncategorized, With No Comments

I just returned from a visit to USA, my first time back since I have moved to Latvia. It was a whirlwind of a visit but a very good one! I had the opportunity to share with many people about the Designed to Live ministry and all God has done…

Showing God’s Love, One Brace at a Time

On July 10, 2016, Posted by , In DTL Ministry,O&P, With No Comments

**PHOTO GALLERY AT BOTTOM** I had the privilege to help at the Wings for Wheels camp for people with physical disabilities, Challenge 9. It is a camp that brings people with disabilities together to be challenged, have fun, meet new friends and learn about God’s love for them. Last year…

Ask and it will be given to you…

In preparing to get supplies for the O&P clinic I will hold at  the Wings for Wheel camp for people with disabilities, I realized that I did not have an adequate supply of joints to use for leg braces, the majority of what is needed. Becker Orthopedics was so generous…