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Celebrate Recovery Latvian is designed to help church provide real help to their people as they deal with life most difficult problems and issues

BBI helps the “least of these” in Latvian life and society.

BBI serves those struggling with destructive ‘hurts, hangups and habits’ through Celebrate Recovery and blesses orphans through the ministry of New Hope Latvia and our BBI missionaries.

Latvia is a needy nation with deep social struggles. Alcoholism is the nation’s #1 social problem and drug addiction is rapidly growing. About 8,000 children live in orphanages/boarding schools, even though they may have at least one living parent. But addictions, crime, home violence or extreme poverty have forced the removal of these children.

Over the years, BBI has addressed matters of Mercy and Recovery several ways. We have connected social care ministries in the US with Latvians. The best example is the relationship between Buckner Orphan Care International and numerous agencies in Latvia.

BBI missionaries have worked especially close with orphanage/boarding schools in Tilza, Ergli and Riga. Many orphans have attended summer camps and some have given their lives to Christ. BBI has helped facilitate the hosting and adoption of a few Latvian orphans (though this is not BBI’s specialty).

And most recently, with the addition of Jaycee Jensen to the BBI family of missionaries, a ministry to teenage orphan girls has begun. It is designed to help equip these girls who have grown up in institutions to make successful transitions into productive adulthood.

Through BBI’s connections with specialists in the fields of mental health, addiction and recovery, extremely important courses and seminars have been provided for BPI students and many other leaders throughout the nation. BBI missionary Katie Roth and BBI board member Bill Specht, co founded Celebrate Recovery Latvia in 2010.  It is called “Ista Briviba” which means “True Freedom” in Latvian. BBI coordinated its establishment in the last couple of years.  Five training and participant books have been produced in Latvian, as well as 25 training videos.


 

Below you can read numerous stories that focus on ministries of mercy.

 

2020 Dutch Outreach

Building Relationships and Serving Across Borders By Dan Roth, BBI Missionary For the past fourteen years, our local church, Madona Baptist, has led a ministry, which we call the Dutch Outreach because it is done in partnership with Wilhelmina Church from Haarlem, Holland. One of the strong points of this outreach is that the same […]

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An Afternoon Conversation with BBI Missionary Dan Roth

Charles Kelley interviews Dan on “all things” Eagle’s Wings Camp and sheep farm Philomath, OREGON – During my recent ministry trip to Latvia, I had the opportunity to sit down with my longtime friend and ministry partner, Dan Roth. We discussed the camp and campers, sheep farming, pastoral ministry, and more. BBI is so grateful […]

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Turn Back the Clock: Celebrate Recovery Latvia

Looking back at the launch of Ista Briviba On November 18, 2010, the nation’s historic independence day, “Ista Briviba” (True Freedom) was officially launched in Latvia. “Ista Briviba” is the Latvian name for “Celebrate Recovery Latvia.” Celebrate Recovery is a biblical, church-based program that is designed to help people with their greatest struggles. It helps […]

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Providing Hope to the Hopeless

By Bill Specht SARASOTA, Florida – It is often said in Christian circles that “God never gives you more than you can handle.” Many people struggle with this concept, especially when going through hardships. And for me – with my desire to follow God’s calling to help those with addictions – this struggle became ever […]

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A Life Well-Lived: Remembering Paula

Paula Joy Hewitt December 26, 1946 – May 28, 2019 Paula Joy Hewitt was born Dec 26, 1946, in Hemet, CA, the daughter of Robert Matthew Hewitt and Patsy Saranan (Mather) Hewitt. She was the second of four children, three girls and a boy.  Her oldest sister, Kay, died of leukemia when she was 4 years […]

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Annual Dutch Outreach 2019

A Meaningful Week to Begin the New Year By Dan Roth and Natalie Meeks ERGLI, Latvia – It all starts with a simple advertisement in the local Latvian newspaper. This ad is an open invitation to those in the area to contact Madona Baptist Church and sign up for a bag of food and home […]

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Annual Dutch Outreach 2018

Gratefully Engaging the World Around Us By Dan Roth ERGLI, Latvia – The new year kicked off with a bang for Madona Baptist Church as our friends from Wilhelmina Church in the Netherlands joined us for a week of fellowship and outreach.  This was an amazing opportunity for us to get out into the community […]

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Annual Dutch Outreach 2018

Gratefully Engaging the World Around Us By Dan Roth ERGLI, Latvia – The new year kicked off with a bang for Madona Baptist Church as our friends from Wilhelmina Church in the Netherlands joined us for a week of fellowship and outreach.  This was an amazing opportunity for us to get out into the community […]

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Just Because They Look Different, Doesn’t Mean They Are

Because God Wants to Reach Everyone, Including Those With Disabilities By Natalie Meeks, BBI Guest Writer “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 GREENVILLE, South Carolina – One year ago, a young woman […]

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SEEN, HEARD and KNOWN

Hope for the Hurting in Latvia By Natalie Meeks, BBI Guest Writer GREENVILLE, South Carolina – Relationship. Connection. Belonging. Movement of God. Latvia. If you were to ask Bridge Builders International missionary Jaycee Jensen to describe her passion, those are the words you would hear. As Director of BBI program New Hope Latvia, Jaycee wears […]

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Glimmering Threads

Editor’s note: In recent years, BBI has emphasized ministry to orphans.  Though we are neither a hosting or adoption ministry, we do help individual families navigate some of the complexities of adopting from Latvia.  I rejoice every time a Latvian child is adopted by a loving Christian family just like the Meeks. This is their […]

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The Dutchies Have Come

Annual Team Arrives from Holland to Bless Madona By Charles Kelley MADONA, Latvia – Another team from Holland arrived in Madona earlier today.  They have come for a week of partnership outreach with the Madona Baptist Church. Many in the city will be blessed. Organized by Diks Bortnikovs, Dan and Katie Roth, the Dutchies come […]

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