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Newsletter - June 2017
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413 Foundation Newsletter June 2017
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June 2017
Another school year closes at TKS
Sveicieni no Talsu Kristigas skolas (Greetings from Talsi Christian School)!  May is a very busy month at all schools in Latvia, including Talsi Christian School ("TKS").  There is the usual preparation for final exams by TKS administration, teachers and students, conducting various recognition ceremonies that are a Latvian tradition and, of course, the excitement and trepidation of moving forward to the next grade or graduation.  As the month of May progresses the students and teachers faces show concern for the upcoming exams and the excitement of the upcoming summer.  At the same time there are several congratulatory ceremonies to plan for and conduct; a couple will be discussed in this newsletter.  TKS is a beehive of activity!  From the kitchen and maintenance staff, to the teachers and students, to the TKS administration, no one is idle!  All is being done with Proverbs 16:3 in mind, "Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.  As stated last month, "There is no doubt that His plans are perfect, His will is perfect and His provision is perfect for Talsi Christian School and all who depend on Him and Him alone!"
June 2017
Another school year closes at TKS
Sveicieni no Talsu Kristigas skolas (Greetings from Talsi Christian School)!  May is a very busy month at all schools in Latvia, including Talsi Christian School ("TKS").  There is the usual preparation for final exams by TKS administration, teachers and students, conducting various recognition ceremonies that are a Latvian tradition and, of course, the excitement and trepidation of moving forward to the next grade or graduation.  As the month of May progresses the students and teachers faces show concern for the upcoming exams and the excitement of the upcoming summer.  At the same time there are several congratulatory ceremonies to plan for and conduct; a couple will be discussed in this newsletter.  TKS is a beehive of activity!  From the kitchen and maintenance staff, to the teachers and students, to the TKS administration, no one is idle!  All is being done with Proverbs 16:3 in mind, "Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.  As stated last month, "There is no doubt that His plans are perfect, His will is perfect and His provision is perfect for Talsi Christian School and all who depend on Him and Him alone!"
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TKS Bell Ensemble Wins
TKS's Bell Ensemble is relatively young but, proves that hard work pays off.  The bells were a gift from dear friends in Oklahoma.  The ensemble is comprised of 10-12 students that are dedicated to team effort.  As with all musical endeavors, the students grow in their music appreciation and better understand team performance over the individual performance.   TKS Bell ensemble has proven themselves in numerous competitions and recently won 1st Place in the Latvia Republic competition "From Baroque to Rock."  The TKS students, teachers and administration deeply appreciate this great donation and the opportunity to perform. All members are volunteers and practice and perform on their own time.  They are an inspiration to young Christians everywhere!
TKS Students are recognized for their scientific work
Every year students of TKS have a special opportunity to do a scientific research presentation about a topic they are interested in. This is a two-year work that starts in the first semester of grade 10 and ends at the time of the second semester of grade 11. If the scientific research is done well, it can be evaluated in the Latvia Republic
on a national level.
413 Foundation Newsletter June 2017
Contribution by Luanda Mikelsone
This year three students from grade 11 had the chance to show their work in the Scientific Research Conference in Riga. These scientific researches are judged by the top educated teachers and scientists in Latvia.
Kristiāna Sniedziņa with her scientific research about family as the most important factor in children's capability of reading got a second-degree diploma in pedagogical science. She did this research with help of teacher Anete Ankmane.
Anete Pumpure was also showing her research results in this conference. Her research was about Shadow day (a day when students are watching university students or adults doing their daily work) helping students to choose their future profession. Her research was done with help of an economy teacher Ieva Sebre.
Luanda Miķelsone was doing a research about stereotypes against young people and their leisure time in Latvia and in the USA. Her research was done with help of Inguna Gruzniņa - Director of TKS and health education teacher.
These girls and their teachers are very proud and satisfied about their researches and all the new things they have learned during the research.
TKS Students are recognized for their participation in and achievements
in the Bible marathon
The Bible marathon is an annual event.  It starts in October (the early part of the school year) and ends in May (the latter part of the school year).  The primary principle of the marathon is to encourage students to study and memorize God's word.  The Christian Ethics teacher oversees this voluntary program (55 students started) and informs the students of the rules and requirements.  There are two phases to the program: Phase 1 - students are informed of rules and requirements and Phase 2 - in March of the following year, all participants are reviewed as to progress and continued participation.  Requirements are: Grades 1-3 memorize 20 Bible verses; Grade 4-6 memorize 40 verses and grades 7-12 must memorize at least 60 Bible verses; all are required to cite the verses with the appropriate Scripture citation.  The awards ceremony recognized all students who memorized at least 7 verses by heart.  There was great excitement at this ceremony and several proud parents attended.  Many students met their required memorization of 20, 40 or 60 verses and deserved all recognition.  However, one particular student, Artis Einstals, looked at this competition as a personal way to glorify God.  He memorized 200 verses and could recite them by heart.  Upon talking to him later it was learned that this was his way of worship and he intends to add to his personal goal.  The awards included a diploma for all who learned 7 or more Bible verses and those who learned 50% of the required number of 20, 40 or 60 received a diploma and a small gift.  The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners received the diploma and a significant
special prize each (transportation covered):
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1st place: Gift certificate for 100 Euros to take their family to Riga to a cinema for a 3-D movie and pizza; 2nd place: Gift certificate for 60 Euros to take their family to the water park in Ventspils, meal included; 3rd place: Gift certificate for 40 Euros for a miniature golf trip near Talsi, food can be purchased at the location.
These are the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for each category:
Grades 1-3: 1. Estere Stepina, 2. Marta Balandina, 3. Tina Karklina
Grades 4-6: 1. Davids Pantelejevs, 2. Sabine Sapiega, 3. Justine Sapiega
Grades 7-12: 1, Artis Einstals
All of these students are exceptional in the family of God!!!!!
TKS Graduates entering High School for 2017
These fine young people are graduating from the 9th grade and entering the challenges of High school.  Pray for them for the next 3 years that they will do well academically but, more importantly, that they will grow in their faith and trust in God,
His Son and the Holy Spirit.
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TKS Graduates leaving High School for 2017
These fine young people are graduating from TKS and entering the life of adulthood.  Some are going to continue their education at a university or trade school.  Some have not decided what their next steps will be.  Please pray for these young men and women that they will seek God's guidance as to what He wants and that they will willingly place themselves in His hands to be used as He wills.  We all know that His will, plans and purposes for their lives is perfect if they will only yield to Him.
413 Foundation Newsletter June 2017
From a TKS Missionary's Heart
We have been here about 60 days and God has proven His faithfulness and provision over and over again.  We have had the extreme privilege to give numerous devotions on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.  We are constantly amazed at the level of focus on Christ and the Father's will in the everyday life of the teachers and students.  Each day we witness sincere caring between students and see evidence of the TKS' emphasis on servant leadership.  We watched as three students (Aris Ankamanis, Krista Bodniece and Raigners Luks) came forward at a Monday morning devotional and informed their peers that they had received Jesus as Lord and Savior over the prior weekend.  What an honor it was to witness these three young people proclaim their belief in Jesus and proclaim God's glory.  Further, we witnessed many students receiving awards and recognition for meeting or exceeding their assigned requirements in the Bible marathon ceremony.  We hope and pray that these young Christians will continue putting God's word in their hearts.   This is the best way to defeat Satan as proved by Jesus Himself! God is good all the time!  We are so thankful for the warm welcome we have received from these students, teachers, staff and administration. We hope and pray that we can live up to the Father's plan and know that we can as long as we continue to seek Him daily and to seek to do His will and not ours.
413 Foundation Newsletter June 2017
From a TKS Teacher's Heart
Anyone that spends any time at TKS will soon see that one person, besides Inguna Gruznina, seems to be everywhere at once and doing everything,  Her name is Anete Ankmane.  She first came to TKS in 2001 as a 2nd grade student.  She graduated in 2012 and now attends the university to get a degree in Social Pedagogy. She plans to be a social counselor and worker; working with children and youth with social problems.  She returned to TKS as a teacher in 2014 at the repeated requests from Inguna.  According to Anete, God finally told her to return to TKS.  Her current responsibilities include organizing all non-class or lesson related activities/events, both during and after school.  Here dream is to be at TKS as long as God wills. She ultimately wants to work with a day center for children, youth and others.  Her heart is definitely with serving others, especially in social counseling.  Since she walks with Jesus and depends on God for all situations in her life, she will no doubt be successful wherever God places her.  Yes, there will be challenges but, she knows where to go for the ultimate help!
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A TKS Student's Thoughts
Artis Einstals is one of the most remarkable young men in all of Latvia.  He came to TKS three years ago at the urging of his best friend because it is fun and has great teachers and atmosphere.  He has learned much from his time here.  Up until recently he was very shy and introverted; however, this year he has learned to be more open, outgoing and friendly. This has brought him many new friends.  He has also learned that HE must make wise choices; the decision is his alone.  When asked what he would say to his friends to convience them to come to TKS, he said he would tell them how open to discussion the teachers are and how much they care for all of the students.  The students and teachers respect each other.  Further, there is no violence at TKS like there is at other schools.  Prior to coming to TKS he was not learning , making bad choices and did not know Jesus.  He became a Christian after coming to TKS and thanks God for this great gift.  He plans to further his education and become an electrical engineer in the automotive industry.  It must be mentioned that he participated in the Bible marathon for TKS and memorized 200 verses from Scripture.  He continues to add to this great feat as a way to glorify God.  He is a very special young man and deserves all of our
respect and admiration.
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Inguna's Corner
Inguna continues to believe that God's will is that TKS needs to expand to allow more children and youth to get a Christian education and experience His blessings through attending this school.  If you read this newsletter you will see numerous instances where Inguna's leadership and TKS' opportunities have helped young men and women grow closer to the Father while getting a top-quality education.  Anyone who knows Inguna would describe her as focused on making sure the TKS student is challenged to do their best in all things.  She firmly believes in Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."  While many would also describe her as a tough taskmaster, those same people would also say she has a tremendous love for the students at TKS and sincerely wants to prepare them to succeed in life.
413 Foundation Newsletter June 2017
She continues to work with the architects and governmental bodies toward the final design for the school's addition.  While the architects are easy to work with, government entities are not.  There are constant changes and new requirements that affect design and costs.  She depends on her belief that God is in control and knows what is needed and will finalize His plan when He decides; not when she or the government decides.
Therefore, she is asking that all of TKS' friends and family seek God's direction in how they might be used to accomplish His will in this ministry.  We still need approximately $600,000 in the next 90 days and we know there are those out there who can help financially or knows someone that can.  Please note that all gifts are tax deductible if provided through the following venues:
Talsi Christian School fund
4:13 Ministries Foundation
P.O. Box 202556
Arlington, TX 76006
OR
Lamar Baptist Church
Attn: Dallas King
1000 W. Lamar Blvd
Arlington, TX 76012
Connect with us on the Internet and on social media at:
www.tks.lv (be sure to click on the American flag in the upper right corner for English
www.413foundation.org
Facebook - Talsi Christian School/Talsu Kristiga Skola
Facebook - 413 Ministries
May God shower you with His richest blessings for your continued prayers and support for Talsi Christian School.  Please remember to pray for TKS' Orphan Camp, Vacation Bible School and Sekoman Youth Camp being held in June 2017.  Please pray that all the children and youth that attend will come to either know and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior or will walk closer to Him and seek His face each day.  Also pray for the American and Latvian teams being called to these special events.  To God be all glory and honor!!!!
Your humble, servant,
Inguna Gruznina - Principal
P.S. Check out Bryan Sloan's video at https://www.facebook.com/bryanpsloan?pnref=friends.search .  He is the Pastor that leads the worship for the Sekoman Youth Camp!
TKS Bell Ensemble Wins
TKS's Bell Ensemble is relatively young but, proves that hard work pays off.  The bells were a gift from dear friends in Oklahoma.  The ensemble is comprised of 10-12 students that are dedicated to team effort.  As with all musical endeavors, the students grow in their music appreciation and better understand team performance over the individual performance.   TKS Bell ensemble has proven themselves in numerous competitions and recently won 1st Place in the Latvia Republic competition "From Baroque to Rock."  The TKS students, teachers and administration deeply appreciate this great donation and the opportunity to perform. All members are volunteers and practice and perform on their own time.  They are an inspiration to
young Christians everywhere!
TKS Students are recognized for
their scientific work
Every year students of TKS have a special opportunity to do a scientific research presentation about a topic they are interested in. This is a two-year work that starts in the first semester of grade 10 and ends at the time of the second semester of grade 11. If the scientific research is done well, it can be evaluated in the Latvia Republic
on a national level.
413 Foundation June 2017 Newsletter
Contribution by Luanda Mikelsone
TKS Students are recognized for their participation in and achievements
in the Bible marathon
The Bible marathon is an annual event.  It starts in October (the early part of the school year) and ends in May (the latter part of the school year).  The primary principle of the marathon is to encourage students to study and memorize God's word.  The Christian Ethics teacher oversees this voluntary program (55 students started) and informs the students of the rules and requirements.  There are two phases to the program: Phase 1 - students are informed of rules and requirements and Phase 2 - in March of the following year, all participants are reviewed as to progress and continued participation.  Requirements are: Grades 1-3 memorize 20 Bible verses; Grade 4-6 memorize 40 verses and grades 7-12 must memorize at least 60 Bible verses; all are required to cite the verses with the appropriate Scripture citation.  The awards ceremony recognized all students who memorized at least 7 verses by heart.  There was great excitement at this ceremony and several proud parents attended.  Many students met their required memorization of 20, 40 or 60 verses and deserved all recognition.  However, one particular student, Artis Einstals, looked at this competition as a personal way to glorify God.  He memorized 200 verses and could recite them by heart.  Upon talking to him later it was learned that this was his way of worship and he intends to add to his personal goal.  The awards included a diploma for all who learned 7 or more Bible verses and those who learned 50% of the required number of 20, 40 or 60 received a diploma and a small gift.  The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners received the diploma and a significant special prize each (transportation covered):
413 Foundation June 2017 Newsletter
This year three students from grade 11 had the chance to show their work in the Scientific Research Conference in Riga. These scientific researches are judged by the top educated teachers and scientists in Latvia.
Anete Pumpure was also showing her research results in this conference. Her research was about Shadow day (a day when students are watching university students or adults doing their daily work) helping students to choose their future profession. Her research was done with help of an economy teacher Ieva Sebre.
Luanda Miķelsone was doing a research about stereotypes against young people and their leisure time in Latvia and in the USA. Her research was done with help of Inguna Gruzniņa - Director of TKS and
health education teacher.
These girls and their teachers are very proud and satisfied about their researches and all the new things they have learned
during the research.
1st place: Gift certificate for 100 Euros to take their family to Riga to a cinema for a 3-D movie and pizza; 2nd place: Gift certificate for 60 Euros to take their family to the water park in Ventspils, meal included; 3rd place: Gift certificate for 40 Euros for a miniature golf trip near Talsi, food can be purchased
at the location.
These are the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for each category:
Grades 1-3: 1. Estere Stepina, 2. Marta Balandina, 3. Tina Karklina
Grades 4-6: 1. Davids Pantelejevs, 2. Sabine Sapiega, 3. Justine Sapiega
Grades 7-12: 1, Artis Einstals
All of these students are exceptional
in the family of God!!!!!
TKS Graduates entering
High School for 2017
These fine young people are graduating from the 9th grade and entering the challenges of High school.  Pray for them for the next 3 years that they will do well academically but, more importantly, that they will grow in their faith and trust in God, His Son
and the Holy Spirit.
413 Foundation June 2017 Newsletter
TKS Graduates leaving
High School for 2017
These fine young people are graduating from TKS and entering the life of adulthood.  Some are going to continue their education at a university or trade school.  Some have not decided what their next steps will be.  Please pray for these young men and women that they will seek God's guidance as to what He wants and that they will willingly place themselves in His hands to be used as He wills.  We all know that His will, plans and purposes for their lives is perfect if they will only yield to Him.
413 Foundation June 2017 Newsletter
From a TKS Missionary's Heart
We have been here about 60 days and God has proven His faithfulness and provision over and over again.  We have had the extreme privilege to give numerous devotions on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.  We are constantly amazed at the level of focus on Christ and the Father's will in the everyday life of the teachers and students.  Each day we witness sincere caring between students and see evidence of the TKS' emphasis on servant leadership.  We watched as three students (Aris Ankamanis, Krista Bodniece and Raigners Luks) came forward at a Monday morning devotional and informed their peers that they had received Jesus as Lord and Savior over the prior weekend.  What an honor it was to witness these three young people proclaim their belief in Jesus and proclaim God's glory.  Further, we witnessed many students receiving awards and recognition for meeting or exceeding their assigned requirements in the Bible marathon ceremony.  We hope and pray that these young Christians will continue putting God's word in their hearts.   This is the best way to defeat Satan as proved by Jesus Himself! God is good all the time!  We are so thankful for the warm welcome we have received from these students, teachers, staff and administration. We hope and pray that we can live up to the Father's plan and know that we can as long as we continue to seek Him daily and to seek to do His will and not ours.
413 Foundation June 2017 Newsletter
From a TKS Teacher's Heart
Anyone that spends any time at TKS will soon see that one person, besides Inguna Gruznina, seems to be everywhere at once and doing everything,  Her name is Anete Ankmane.  She first came to TKS in 2001 as a 2nd grade student.  She graduated in 2012 and now attends the university to get a degree in Social Pedagogy. She plans to be a social counselor and worker; working with children and youth with social problems.  She returned to TKS as a teacher in 2014 at the repeated requests from Inguna.  According to Anete, God finally told her to return to TKS.  Her current responsibilities include organizing all non-class or lesson related activities/events, both during and after school.  Here dream is to be at TKS as long as God wills. She ultimately wants to work with a day center for children, youth and others.  Her heart is definitely with serving others, especially in social counseling.  Since she walks with Jesus and depends on God for all situations in her life, she will no doubt be successful wherever God places her.  Yes, there will be challenges but, she knows where to go for the ultimate help!
413 Foundation June 2017 Newsletter
A TKS Student's Thoughts
Artis Einstals is one of the most remarkable young men in all of Latvia.  He came to TKS three years ago at the urging of his best friend because it is fun and has great teachers and atmosphere.  He has learned much from his time here.  Up until recently he was very shy and introverted; however, this year he has learned to be more open, outgoing and friendly. This has brought him many new friends.  He has also learned that HE must make wise choices; the decision is his alone.  When asked what he would say to his friends to convience them to come to TKS, he said he would tell them how open to discussion the teachers are and how much they care for all of the students.  The students and teachers respect each other.  Further, there is no violence at TKS like there is at other schools.  Prior to coming to TKS he was not learning , making bad choices and did not know Jesus.  He became a Christian after coming to TKS and thanks God for this great gift.  He plans to further his education and become an electrical engineer in the automotive industry.  It must be mentioned that he participated in the Bible marathon for TKS and memorized 200 verses from Scripture.  He continues to add to this great feat as a way to glorify God.  He is a very special young man and deserves all of our respect and admiration.
413 Foundation June 2017 Newsletter
Inguna's Corner
Inguna continues to believe that God's will is that TKS needs to expand to allow more children and youth to get a Christian education and experience His blessings through attending this school.  If you read this newsletter you will see numerous instances where Inguna's leadership and TKS' opportunities have helped young men and women grow closer to the Father while getting a top-quality education.  Anyone who knows Inguna would describe her as focused on making sure the TKS student is challenged to do their best in all things.  She firmly believes in Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."  While many would also describe her as a tough taskmaster, those same people would also say she has a tremendous love for the students at TKS and sincerely wants to prepare them to succeed in life.
413 Foundation June 2017 Newsletter
She continues to work with the architects and governmental bodies toward the final design for the school's addition.  While the architects are easy to work with, government entities are not.  There are constant changes and new requirements that affect design and costs.  She depends on her belief that God is in control and knows what is needed and will finalize His plan when He decides; not when she
or the government decides.
Therefore, she is asking that all of TKS' friends and family seek God's direction in how they might be used to accomplish His will in this ministry.  We still need approximately $600,000 in the next 90 days and we know there are those out there who can help financially or knows someone that can.  Please note that all gifts are tax deductible if provided through the following venues:
Talsi Christian School fund
4:13 Ministries Foundation
P.O. Box 202556
Arlington, TX 76006
OR
Lamar Baptist Church
Attn: Dallas King
1000 W. Lamar Blvd
Arlington, TX 76012
Connect with us on the Internet and
on social media at:

www.tks.lv (be sure to click on the American flag in the upper right corner for English

www.413foundation.org
Facebook - Talsi Christian School/Talsu Kristiga Skola

Facebook - 413 Ministries
May God shower you with His richest blessings for your continued prayers and support for Talsi Christian School.  Please remember to pray for TKS' Orphan Camp, Vacation Bible School and Sekoman Youth Camp being held in June 2017.  Please pray that all the children and youth that attend will come to either know and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior or will walk closer to Him and seek His face each day.  Also pray for the American and Latvian teams being called to these special events.  To God be all glory and honor!!!!
Your humble, servant,
Inguna Gruznina - Principal
P.S. Check out Bryan Sloan's video at https://www.facebook.com/bryanpsloan?pnref=friends.search .  He is the Pastor that leads the worship for the
Sekoman Youth Camp!
Kristiāna Sniedziņa with her scientific research about family as the most important factor in children's capability of reading got a second-degree diploma in pedagogical science. She did this research with help of
teacher Anete Ankmane.