The Republic of Latvia was founded on 18 November 1918. However, its de facto independence was interrupted at the outset of World War II. In 1940, the country was forcibly incorporated into the Soviet Union, invaded and occupied by Nazi Germany in 1941, and re-occupied by the Soviets in 1944 to form the Latvian SSR for the next fifty years. The peaceful Singing Revolution, starting in 1987, called for Baltic emancipation of Soviet rule and condemning the “Stalinist” regime’s illegal takeover. It ended with the Declaration on the Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia on 4 May 1990, and restoring de facto independence on 21 August 1991.
During the time of Russian occupation Latvia churches were not allowed to share the gospel with children. The Russian government tried to end Christianity with the older generation. Today many Latvian youth and young people do not have any knowledge of the gospel. Join us on this trip to share the love of Jesus with this nation.
May 27 – June 6, 2018
Cost includes all travel, food in country and room.
Other money needed:
Food while traveling to and from country and souvenirs.
January 7, 2018
Latvia is a country on the Baltic Sea between Lithuania and Estonia. Its landscape is marked by wide beaches as well as dense, sprawling forests. Latvia’s capital is Riga, home to notable wooden and art nouveau architecture, a vast Central Market and a medieval Old Town with St. Peter’s Church. Riga’s museums include the Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum, showcasing local crafts, food and music.
Population: 1.96 million (2016) World Bank
President: Raimonds Vējonis
Official language: Latvian