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July 2017
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Sveicieni no Talsu Kristigas skolas (Greetings from Talsi Christian School)!  In the May newsletter we told you how busy the end of the school year was and how busy we were.  Well, we only thought we were busy!  June brought the usual Orphan Camp, VBS Camp and Youth Camp.  The culmination of a years planning and condensing all that planning into a few days or a week is something only God could do.  Immediately after the conclusion of these three camps, a group from Texas, lead by Dr. Bob Davis, conducted a dental clinic.  For several days this group of dentists and and their assistants served the people of Talsi and Tukums by providing free dental care to several hundred Latvian citizens.  They also pray and minister as they are providing their professional services.  Thank you Dr. Bob and team for your selfless dedication to following the leading of the Holy Spirit.  Again, 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!"
July 2017
Camps, camps and more camps
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!"
In the Fall break there will be the customary Leadership Camp for TKS youth who want to be leaders in their school, church and community.  A group of Christian men from America will come for a week of intense training and encouragement to these specially called Talsi Christian School ("TKS") students.  Please pray for these American instructors and TKS students for this special training.
TKS Teachers and Students Win Regional Awards
Award ceremony for teachers and all students who received 1st, 2nd or 3rd place on Regional or National Olympics in academics or scientific programs within the Talsi Region.  The teachers and students represented public, private (Talsi Christian School "TKS"), sports, arts and music schools. These individuals represent the best of the best in the Talsi Region educational fields!  The ceremony is organized each year by the Region's educational, political and business leaders to recognize these top performers.  TKS was represented by 7 exceptional students and 10 stellar teachers.  The following list recognizes TKS' finest:Students: Filipu Eci, Kitiju Laksi, Lizu Paulini Finke, Luandu Mikelsoni, Kristianu Sniedzinu, Aneti Pumpuri, Martinu Varnu
Teachers:  Sigitu Rathenu, Andu Bernati, Guntaru Eci, Aiju Valgelinu, Lieniti Gutmani, Ingunu Gruzninu, Aneti Ankmani, Jani Smilgu, Sarmiti Popenu, Ievu Sebri
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Please join us in recognizing these fantastic accomplishments of these TKS teachers and students.  They sacrificed much to achieve these advanced levels and deserve our admiration and praise.  We are very proud to have them represent TKS
at this prestigious event.
Orphan Camp History from Inguna
This information is from an interview with Inguna as she is intimately familiar
with all TKS history.
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Talsi Christian School ("TKS") started on September 1, 1995. The following year several people who helped to start TKS from Green Acres Baptist Church, Tyler Texas and a group of women from New Beginnings Baptist Church, Longview, Texas formed a team and came to Talsi to work with Inguna to organize the first Orphan Camp.  This was a new and foreign concept for post-soviet Latvian people; the concept would never have been considered without the foresight and vision of these American Christians.  In the United States, it is understood that if a person, a group or a church is blessed by God, those individuals or groups are responsible to pass those blessings to others who are less fortunate.  Scripture makes it clear that God blesses us not so we can accumulate blessings, wealth or things, but so we can bless others; especially orphans and widows.  We are blessed so we can bless! Take time to review the following Scriptures: Proverbs 11: 25-26, 2 Corinthians 9: 8-11, Luke 12:48, Hebrews 13:16, Matthew 20:28, Isiah 52:7, Psalm 82:3 and Acts 20:35.  There is no doubt that God expects His children to care for the less fortunate, widows and orphans.
Bruce and Janet Hess' Journey to the Orphan Camp
Bruce Hess is Senior Teaching Pastor at Wildwood Church in Norman, OK (wildwoodchurch.org) for over 31 years.  He is the primary Bible teacher on Sunday mornings.  Bruce and his wife, Janet, also serve on the national speaker team for FamilyLife.  Bruce's sermons are broadcast in Latvian on Latvia's Christian Radio Station and have been for the last 25 plus years.  When we speak of Bruce, we speak of both him and Janet, as they are one in Christ and each other!
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Bo Sheridan's Impact on TKS Orphan Camp
One of team members that came with Bruce for 2017 was Bo Sheridan.  Bo was with New Beginnings Baptist Church, Longview, Texas.  This church was involved with the TKS Orphan Camp from its inception; however, has ceased involvement in recent years with the death of their pastor, Dick Stagner, in 2008 and a change in mission involvement within the church.  Currently, Bo is with White Oak Community Church, White Oak, Texas and was instrumental in getting them involved in this mission ministry.   It should also be noted that Bo's involvement is a family affair; his wife Tralisa and his two adult children come each year to participate.  Bo says, "All of us are hooked!  We all receive much more in blessings than we give.  Getting to see your children serve God and others because of a recognized calling is a very special blessing for me!"
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2017 Orphan Camp
Bruce brought a team of 13 committed Christians, including himself and Janet, for the 2017 Orphan Camp.  It had its challenges and rewards but, they have come to expect this each year.  James 1: 2-4 provided comfort and great promise to the team, " 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything..."  God uses challenges to test and grow His children.  He also promises rewards to His children for being faithful to His will, plan and call.  Ephesians 2:20 tells us, "For we are God's handiwork,a  created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."    The team is looking forward to hearing Jesus say, "Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master."  Bruce's team witnessed and can testify to God being faithful to those who came to serve and to those who were served!
When Bruce gave the call to salvation at the end of camp church service, approximately 40 children and youth came forward to receive Christ as their Lord and Savior.  While it is recognized that some came forward for other reasons, there is no doubt that most came forward at the calling of the Holy Spirit and are now God's children and our brothers and sisters in Christ.  These salvations are the immediate rewards that God provided to Bruce's team; this is why they came to serve God. 
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2017 VBS Was a SUCCESS!!!!
Every year since then, VBS has grown and become better with 2017 being the seventh year of ministry.  The theme this year was "Kids Under Construction" with 108 children in attendance, 30 TKS student leaders and 13 workers on Mike's team.  By the end of the week they saw 64 children make decisions for the Lord.  For the entire seven-year period, there have been more than 300 decisions for the Lord.  Mike is looking for forward to seeing God being glorified and more decisions in 2018.
This year's theme was Tikai un Vienigi.  For those not fluent in Latvian that means Only and Alone.  The Camp looked at the 5 Solas of the Reformation.  Sola is a Latin meaning only or alone.  These 5 statement or principles were the foundation of the reformation of the church against the Catholic Church in the 1500's.  Sola Scriptura, Solus Christos, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide and Solo Deo Gloria.  It could be summed up, Salvation is according to Scripture Alone, in Christ Alone, by Grace Alone, through Faith Alone for the Glory of God Alone.  This is the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg.  However, these truths are still very much needed in our day and in our age as people value special revelation over God's word and believe in works based salvation over salvation in Christ by grace through faith.
The Camp leaders followed the leading of the Holy Spirit in their teaching and Bryan, in his preaching, placed himself in the Father's hands to be used as He willed - not as Bryan willed.  While there are no known professions of faith this year, there were numerous rededications to return and follow Christ.  These decisions are just as important as professions; a couple of the rededications were by the American leaders that felt they were not as close to walking with Jesus as they once were.  Karen was brought to tears to see several youth from her small group exhibiting the grace that Karen tried so hard to teach them, though they experienced significant disappointment during the Camp.
In the Fall break there will be the customary Leadership Camp for TKS youth who want to be leaders in their school, church and community.  A group of Christian men from America will come for a week of intense training and encouragement to these specially called Talsi Christian School ("TKS") students.  Please pray for these American instructors and TKS students for this special training.
As each newsletter is completed and before it is sent out, it is provided to a select group of close TKS friends to review for errors, content and length.  For this latest newsletter, these friends expressed concern as to it being too loooooong.  While they readily admitted it provided great information relative to the history of the various camps and the 2017 camp information, they believed it might not be read and fully appreciated by many recipients .  Therefore, they suggested that the newsletter highlight one of the camps or TKS ministries in future issues as opposed to trying to cover too much in a single issue. We appreciate this constructive criticism and agree.  Therefore, we will only highlight the Orphan Camp in this issue and will cover VBS Camp, Youth Camp, Leadership Camp, Teachers Camp, Talsi Handicap luncheon and all other ministries in future issues.  This hopefully will cause more TKS friends to take a few moments and read this important publication.  As always, we ask for and covet any comments and suggestions you may have.
TKS Teachers and Students
Win Regional Awards
Award ceremony for teachers and all students who received 1st, 2nd or 3rd place on Regional or National Olympics in academics or scientific programs within the Talsi Region.  The teachers and students represented public, private (Talsi Christian School "TKS"), sports, arts and music schools. These individuals represent the best of the best in the Talsi Region educational fields!  The ceremony is organized each year by the Region's educational, political and business leaders to recognize these top performers.  TKS was represented by 7 exceptional students and 10 stellar teachers.  The following list recognizes TKS' finest:Students: Filipu Eci, Kitiju Laksi, Lizu Paulini Finke, Luandu Mikelsoni, Kristianu Sniedzinu, Aneti Pumpuri, Martinu Varnu
Teachers:  Sigitu Rathenu, Andu Bernati, Guntaru Eci, Aiju Valgelinu, Lieniti Gutmani, Ingunu Gruzninu, Aneti Ankmani, Jani Smilgu, Sarmiti Popenu, Ievu Sebri
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Please join us in recognizing these fantastic accomplishments of these TKS teachers and students.  They sacrificed much to achieve these advanced levels and deserve our admiration and praise.  We are very proud to have them represent TKS
at this prestigious event.
Orphan Camp History from Inguna
This information is from an interview with Inguna as she is intimately familiar
with all TKS history.
Talsi Christian School ("TKS") started on September 1, 1995. The following year several people who helped to start TKS from Green Acres Baptist Church, Tyler Texas and a group of women from New Beginnings Baptist Church, Longview, Texas formed a team and came to Talsi to work with Inguna to organize the first Orphan Camp.  This was a new and foreign concept for post-soviet Latvian people; the concept would never have been considered without the foresight and vision of these American Christians.  In the United States, it is understood that if a person, a group or a church is blessed by God, those individuals or groups are responsible to pass those blessings to others who are less fortunate.  Scripture makes it clear that God blesses us not so we can accumulate blessings, wealth or things, but so we can bless others; especially orphans and widows.  We are blessed so we can bless! Take time to review the following Scriptures: Proverbs 11: 25-26, 2 Corinthians 9: 8-11, Luke 12:48, Hebrews 13:16, Matthew 20:28, Isiah 52:7, Psalm 82:3 and Acts 20:35.  There is no doubt that God expects His children to care for the less fortunate,
widows and orphans.
Since its inception in 1996, each year a group from the United States (Texas and Oklahoma) came to put on the Orphan Camp and to train TKS staff on what should be done.  In its early years, there were no TKS student leaders to help as TKS started with grades 1-4 in 1995; the students were too young to be leaders.  It should also be noted that because the Orphan Camp was for orphans and disadvantaged children, many TKS students were part of the camp.  Many TKS teachers and staff served alongside of the American Christians to conduct the camps.    As TKS expanded, the TKS children grew in their walk with Christ and their understanding of His mandate to serve others.  These TKS children became TKS youth and began to be trained as leaders; they were shown how to serve the orphans and the less fortunate children and youth in the Talsi area.  This is generally the genesis and evolution of the Orphan Camp.  While Inguna would love to take credit for this concept, it was started by God through His willing servants from these churches in Tyler and Longview, Texas.

Inguna strongly encourages TKS youth to volunteer to be trained to be leaders in the various TKS camps and other activities.  This training is not only to encourage TKS youth to give back to God and their school, it is also to help them become leaders in their Christian endeavors and Latvian society.  These are the future government, business, education and religious leaders for Talsi, the Talsi regions and all of Latvia.  It is extremely important that these young people understand what it means to live a Christian life and use their God-given skills after leaving TKS.  Inguna hopes to leave a lifelong impact on these young people to have them serve others and God beyond TKS!
The Orphan Camp provides a unique experience by allowing the TKS youth to meet children and other youth that are from situations that most people cannot imagine; conditions that literally cry out for the love of Jesus Christ.  Most of the TKS students today come from good homes, not necessarily Christian homes.  They hear stories from these children and youth that break the hearts of the TKS youth, many times bringing them to tears and impact their Christian walk and view.  Lives are changed on both sides; changed for the orphans and disadvantaged AND changed for the TKS youth leaders.  These TKS youth leaders face some of life's greatest challenges while serving these children and youth.  All of them come away with a better understanding of going through trials and tribulations, especially James 1:2-4.  Orphan Camp is the most challenging of the TKS camps but, it is also the most rewarding.  LIVES ARE CHANGED!  Many of the orphans and disadvantaged look forward each year to returning to feel the love of Christ through His servants.  Praise God that it has been held each year for
the last 22 years!!!!
Bruce and Janet Hess' Journey
to the Orphan Camp
Bruce Hess is Senior Teaching Pastor at Wildwood Church in Norman, OK (wildwoodchurch.org) for over 31 years.  He is the primary Bible teacher on Sunday mornings.  Bruce and his wife, Janet, also serve on the national speaker team for FamilyLife.  Bruce's sermons are broadcast in Latvian on Latvia's Christian Radio Station and have been for the last 25 plus years.  When we speak of Bruce, we speak of both him and Janet, as they are one in Christ and each other!
Bruce's journey to his involvement in Latvia and Talsi Orphan Camp is a story well worth listening to and, if possible, ask him to tell it to you or a group.  The story will inspire and prove, if that is even necessary, that God works all things to His glory.  Bruce started coming to Latvia in November 1990 and God began to use him mightily.  In fact, Bruce's sermons are broadcast over Latvian Christian radio (http://www.lkr.lv/radio.htm) , in Latvian by one of Latvia's greatest actors, to over 100,000 listeners.
After being involved in Latvia for many years, Bruce wanted a way to have more individuals in his church involved and coming to impact Latvia.  He was most interested in the TKS Orphan Camp, though he did not know a great deal about how it operated; he believed more of his congregation would want to be involved in this ministry once they understood its purpose and what was involved.  He discussed his heart with Inguna and visited the 2012 Youth Camp to see how the camps operated.  In early 2013 he contacted Pastor Eric Dennis in Oklahoma since Eric appeared to be coordinating all things related to TKS in the States.  He told Eric that he wanted to get involved with the Orphan Camp along with his church.  In that same conversation, Eric told him that he had been praying for the last 2 ½ hours for God to send someone to take over the coordination of the Orphan Camp (Eric was having health problems that required he curtail much of his Latvian activities and the Orphan Camp was at extremely important).   Bruce had not planned to take over the Orphan Camp - he just wanted to be a part of the team.  However, he recognized God's calling and after reflection and prayer he was convinced that this was a true calling to him and his church.  When he called on his church for a team one was immediately formed, jumped in with great enthusiasm to coordinate and conduct this important ministry.
As each newsletter is completed and before it is sent out, it is provided to a select group of close TKS friends to review for errors, content and length.  For this latest newsletter, these friends expressed concern as to it being too loooooong.  While they readily admitted it provided great information relative to the history of the various camps and the 2017 camp information, they believed it might not be read and fully appreciated by many recipients .  Therefore, they suggested that the newsletter highlight one of the camps or TKS ministries in future issues as opposed to trying to cover too much in a single issue. We appreciate this constructive criticism and agree.  Therefore, we will only highlight the Orphan Camp in this issue and will cover VBS Camp, Youth Camp, Leadership Camp, Teachers Camp, Talsi Handicap luncheon and all other ministries in future issues.  This hopefully will cause more TKS friends to take a few moments and read this important publication.  As always, we ask for and covet any comments and suggestions you may have.
Since its inception in 1996, each year a group from the United States (Texas and Oklahoma) came to put on the Orphan Camp and to train TKS staff on what should be done.  In its early years, there were no TKS student leaders to help as TKS started with grades 1-4 in 1995; the students were too young to be leaders.  It should also be noted that because the Orphan Camp was for orphans and disadvantaged children, many TKS students were part of the camp.  Many TKS teachers and staff served alongside of the American Christians to conduct the camps.    As TKS expanded, the TKS children grew in their walk with Christ and their understanding of His mandate to serve others.  These TKS children became TKS youth and began to be trained as leaders; they were shown how to serve the orphans and the less fortunate children and youth in the Talsi area.  This is generally the genesis and evolution of the Orphan Camp.  While Inguna would love to take credit for this concept, it was started by God through His willing servants from these churches in Tyler and Longview, Texas.
Inguna strongly encourages TKS youth to volunteer to be trained to be leaders in the various TKS camps and other activities.  This training is not only to encourage TKS youth to give back to God and their school, it is also to help them become leaders in their Christian endeavors and Latvian society.  These are the future government, business, education and religious leaders for Talsi, the Talsi regions and all of Latvia.  It is extremely important that these young people understand what it means to live a Christian life and use their God-given skills after leaving TKS.  Inguna hopes to leave a lifelong impact on these young people to have them serve others and God beyond TKS!
The Orphan Camp provides a unique experience by allowing the TKS youth to meet children and other youth that are from situations that most people cannot imagine; conditions that literally cry out for the love of Jesus Christ.  Most of the TKS students today come from good homes, not necessarily Christian homes.  They hear stories from these children and youth that break the hearts of the TKS youth, many times bringing them to tears and impact their Christian walk and view.  Lives are changed on both sides; changed for the orphans and disadvantaged AND changed for the TKS youth leaders.  These TKS youth leaders face some of life's greatest challenges while serving these children and youth.  All of them come away with a better understanding of going through trials and tribulations, especially James 1:2-4.  Orphan Camp is the most challenging of the TKS camps but, it is also the most rewarding.  LIVES ARE CHANGED!  Many of the orphans and disadvantaged look forward each year to returning to feel the love of Christ through His servants.  Praise God that it has been held each year for the last 22 years!!!!
Bruce's journey to his involvement in Latvia and Talsi Orphan Camp is a story well worth listening to and, if possible, ask him to tell it to you or a group.  The story will inspire and prove, if that is even necessary, that God works all things to His glory.  Bruce started coming to Latvia in November 1990 and God began to use him mightily.  In fact, Bruce's sermons are broadcast over Latvian Christian radio (http://www.lkr.lv/radio.htm) , in Latvian by one of Latvia's greatest actors, to over 100,000 listeners.
After being involved in Latvia for many years, Bruce wanted a way to have more individuals in his church involved and coming to impact Latvia.  He was most interested in the TKS Orphan Camp, though he did not know a great deal about how it operated; he believed more of his congregation would want to be involved in this ministry once they understood its purpose and what was involved.  He discussed his heart with Inguna and visited the 2012 Youth Camp to see how the camps operated.  In early 2013 he contacted Pastor Eric Dennis in Oklahoma since Eric appeared to be coordinating all things related to TKS in the States.  He told Eric that he wanted to get involved with the Orphan Camp along with his church.  In that same conversation, Eric told him that he had been praying for the last 2 ½ hours for God to send someone to take over the coordination of the Orphan Camp (Eric was having health problems that required he curtail much of his Latvian activities and the Orphan Camp was at extremely important).   Bruce had not planned to take over the Orphan Camp - he just wanted to be a part of the team.  However, he recognized God's calling and after reflection and prayer he was convinced that this was a true calling to him and his church.  When he called on his church for a team one was immediately formed, jumped in with great enthusiasm to coordinate and conduct this important ministry.
As with all successful, solid Christian ministries, God's helpmate is also called to the same ministry.  Bruce's wife, Janet, is beside him in every situation providing prayer, support and counseling.  Many times you will see them holding hands as they walk, talk and pray.  It is a great example of God's perfect matchmaking!  Bruce covets her involvement and input just below his Heavenly Father's.
There are several churches in Oklahoma and Texas that are involved and participate in the Camp.  While they may not send bodies, their other support is just as critical to the Camp and its ongoing success. They provide financial support through local Latvian bus transportation to the in-site team, crafts, gifts for the TKS youth leaders, cooks and custodial staff, etc.  This Camp is a ministry where God where He calls and uses many of His children that are willing to serve Him in the use of the gifts He has provided.
If you want to experience the blessing of a lifetime and God is putting it in your heart the desire to participate in the next TKS Orphan Camp, please contact Bruce Hess at Wildwood Community Church, Norman Oklahoma (wildwoodchurch.org) at 405-329-3939.  God may not be asking you to travel to Talsi, Latvia but, as stated above, there are many, many other ways to serve  Him for this tremendous ministry.
Pray then act! 
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2017 Youth Camp Was a Success
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TKS Student Leaders Are The BEST!!!!
Throughout this newsletter, we have talked often about the youth leaders from TKS.  This year's leaders for the Orphan Camp, VBS Camp and Youth Camp were exemplary young men and women.  They were truly a great picture of Christian servanthood.  TKS is highly blessed by having such examples and Inguna should be extremely proud of them.  May the Heavenly Father shower each of them with His greatest blessings
for answering His call.
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Inguna's Corner
Inguna was interviewed for this newsletter as she is most knowledgeable as to all things historical regarding Talsi Christian School ("TKS").  Her information is interspersed throughout.  She wanted to end her interview by praising her husband, Maris.  She shudders to imagine not having her God-given and godly husband and a peaceful and loving home during these many years.  Maris is the very picture of a Christ-follower; one who follows on a moment-by-moment and on a daily basis.  He understands that TKS is Inguna's ministry and fully supports her.  She knows that he understands it requires many long hours and time away from him and the family.  She is so thankful that he is a humble husband that handles the home duties when necessary due to her ministerial duties.  She knows she is truly blessed by God by His gift to her of Maris.  She fears she would not be able to do all the necessary items required by this ministry without Maris' support and help.  She is also thankful that she has not had to choose between her ministry and her husband.  God has impressed on both of them that He and His righteousness must always be sought first and above any personal wants (Matthew 6:33).  He has covered their marriage with His mighty hand and has lead them through many, many challenges.  They have no doubt that if they continue to focus on Him, His will, His plan and His purposes (all are always perfect), He will see them through any challenges they may
face in the future.
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Inguna also wanted to praise God for her children; Zane, Elina and Janis.  She recognizes that she is most blessed that God provided TKS for them to attend.  She really did not need to provide specific Christian instruction at home as they could observe Maris, Inguna, the TKS teachers and American camp leaders virtually 24 hours a day.  All of these individuals had a hand in molding them to be the Christian leaders they are today.  She also recognizes that she had few problems from them while they were living in Talsi because all three were heavily involved in the TKS ministry and service to others.  They were not perfect children but, they strived to be what God wanted them to become.  Inguna praises God for His many, many blessings through Maris, Zane, Elina and Janis.
Inguna's Corner - Part 2
UPDATE ON THE NEW BUILDING INITIATIVE
The public electrical lines that run through Talsi Christian School property are currently being moved.  Architectural planning continues forward with constant changes required by the government.  Pray these constant changes cease soon (Satan is having a field day trying to stop God's will and plan - he will not succeed).
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Please continue to pray and seek God's direction in how you might be used to accomplish His will in this ministry.  We still need approximately $600,000 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.  Tell others about this tremendous ministry opportunity.  To God be all glory and honor!!!!
Your humble, servant,
Inguna Gruznina - Principal
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As with all successful, solid Christian ministries, God's helpmate is also called to the same ministry.  Bruce's wife, Janet, is beside him in every situation providing prayer, support and counseling.  Many times you will see them holding hands as they walk, talk and pray.  It is a great example of God's perfect matchmaking!  Bruce covets her involvement and input just below his Heavenly Father's.
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Bo Sheridan's Impact
on TKS Orphan Camp
One of team members that came with Bruce for 2017 was Bo Sheridan.  Bo was with New Beginnings Baptist Church, Longview, Texas.  This church was involved with the TKS Orphan Camp from its inception; however, has ceased involvement in recent years with the death of their pastor, Dick Stagner, in 2008 and a change in mission involvement within the church.  Currently, Bo is with White Oak Community Church, White Oak, Texas and was instrumental in getting them involved in this mission ministry.   It should also be noted that Bo's involvement is a family affair; his wife Tralisa and his two adult children come each year to participate.  Bo says, "All of us are hooked!  We all receive much more in blessings than we give.  Getting to see your children serve God and others because of a recognized calling is a very
pecial blessing for me!"
There are several churches in Oklahoma and Texas that are involved and participate in the Camp.  While they may not send bodies, their other support is just as critical to the Camp and its ongoing success. They provide financial support through local Latvian bus transportation to the in-site team, crafts, gifts for the TKS youth leaders, cooks and custodial staff, etc.  This Camp is a ministry where God where He calls and uses many of His children that are willing to serve Him in the use of the gifts He has provided.
2017 Orphan Camp
Bruce brought a team of 13 committed Christians, including himself and Janet, for the 2017 Orphan Camp.  It had its challenges and rewards but, they have come to expect this each year.  James 1: 2-4 provided comfort and great promise to the team, " 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything..."  God uses challenges to test and grow His children.  He also promises rewards to His children for being faithful to His will, plan and call.  Ephesians 2:20 tells us, "For we are God's handiwork,a  created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."    The team is looking forward to hearing Jesus say, "Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master."  Bruce's team witnessed and can testify to God being faithful to those who came to serve and to those who were served!
When Bruce gave the call to salvation at the end of camp church service, approximately 40 children and youth came forward to receive Christ as their Lord and Savior.  While it is recognized that some came forward for other reasons, there is no doubt that most came forward at the calling of the Holy Spirit and are now God's children and our brothers and sisters in Christ.  These salvations are the immediate rewards that God provided to Bruce's team; this is why they
came to serve God.
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If you want to experience the blessing of a lifetime and God is putting it in your heart the desire to participate in the next TKS Orphan Camp, please contact Bruce Hess at Wildwood Community Church, Norman Oklahoma (wildwoodchurch.org) at 405-329-3939.  God may not be asking you to travel to Talsi, Latvia but, as stated above, there are many, many other ways to serve  Him for this tremendous ministry.
Pray then act! 
2017 VBS Was a SUCCESS!!!!
Every year since then, VBS has grown and become better with 2017 being the seventh year of ministry.  The theme this year was "Kids Under Construction" with 108 children in attendance, 30 TKS student leaders and 13 workers on Mike's team.  By the end of the week they saw 64 children make decisions for the Lord.  For the entire seven-year period, there have been more than 300 decisions for the Lord.  Mike is looking for forward to seeing God being glorified and more
decisions in 2018.
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2017 Youth Camp Was a Success
This year's theme was Tikai un Vienigi.  For those not fluent in Latvian that means Only and Alone.  The Camp looked at the 5 Solas of the Reformation.  Sola is a Latin meaning only or alone.  These 5 statement or principles were the foundation of the reformation of the church against the Catholic Church in the 1500's.  Sola Scriptura, Solus Christos, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide and Solo Deo Gloria.  It could be summed up, Salvation is according to Scripture Alone, in Christ Alone, by Grace Alone, through Faith Alone for the Glory of God Alone.  This is the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg.  However, these truths are still very much needed in our day and in our age as people value special revelation over God's word and believe in works based salvation over salvation in Christ by grace through faith.
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The Camp leaders followed the leading of the Holy Spirit in their teaching and Bryan, in his preaching, placed himself in the Father's hands to be used as He willed - not as Bryan willed.  While there are no known professions of faith this year, there were numerous rededications to return and follow Christ.  These decisions are just as important as professions; a couple of the rededications were by the American leaders that felt they were not as close to walking with Jesus as they once were.  Karen was brought to tears to see several youth from her small group exhibiting the grace that Karen tried so hard to teach them, though they experienced significant disappointment
during the Camp.
TKS Student Leaders Are The BEST!!!!
Throughout this newsletter, we have talked often about the youth leaders from TKS.  This year's leaders for the Orphan Camp, VBS Camp and Youth Camp were exemplary young men and women.  They were truly a great picture of Christian servanthood.  TKS is highly blessed by having such examples and Inguna should be extremely proud of them.  May the Heavenly Father shower each of them with His greatest blessings
for answering His call.
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Inguna's Corner
Inguna was interviewed for this newsletter as she is most knowledgeable as to all things historical regarding Talsi Christian School ("TKS").  Her information is interspersed throughout.  She wanted to end her interview by praising her husband, Maris.  She shudders to imagine not having her God-given and godly husband and a peaceful and loving home during these many years.  Maris is the very picture of a Christ-follower; one who follows on a moment-by-moment and on a daily basis.  He understands that TKS is Inguna's ministry and fully supports her.  She knows that he understands it requires many long hours and time away from him and the family.  She is so thankful that he is a humble husband that handles the home duties when necessary due to her ministerial duties.  She knows she is truly blessed by God by His gift to her of Maris.  She fears she would not be able to do all the necessary items required by this ministry without Maris' support and help.  She is also thankful that she has not had to choose between her ministry and her husband.  God has impressed on both of them that He and His righteousness must always be sought first and above any personal wants (Matthew 6:33).  He has covered their marriage with His mighty hand and has lead them through many, many challenges.  They have no doubt that if they continue to focus on Him, His will, His plan and His purposes (all are always perfect), He will see them through any challenges they may
face in the future.
Inguna also wanted to praise God for her children; Zane, Elina and Janis.  She recognizes that she is most blessed that God provided TKS for them to attend.  She really did not need to provide specific Christian instruction at home as they could observe Maris, Inguna, the TKS teachers and American camp leaders virtually 24 hours a day.  All of these individuals had a hand in molding them to be the Christian leaders they are today.  She also recognizes that she had few problems from them while they were living in Talsi because all three were heavily involved in the TKS ministry and service to others.  They were not perfect children but, they strived to be what God wanted them to become.  Inguna praises God for His many, many blessings through Maris, Zane, Elina and Janis.
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Inguna's Corner - Part 2
UPDATE ON THE
NEW BUILDING INITIATIVE
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The public electrical lines that run through Talsi Christian School property are currently being moved.  Architectural planning continues forward with constant changes required by the government.  Pray these constant changes cease soon (Satan is having a field day trying to stop God's will and plan - he will not succeed).
Please continue to pray and seek God's direction in how you might be used to accomplish His will in this ministry.  We still need approximately $600,000 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.  Tell others about this tremendous ministry opportunity.  To God be all glory and honor!!!!
Your humble, servant,
Inguna Gruznina - Principal