A movement of God among the youth
of Central and Eastern Europe that finds
its home in the local church and
The world has changed, but the gospel is still the same. And God is moving in a unique way across Central and Eastern Europe as young men and women are being touched by the message of Jesus Christ. Some of this is being sparked by the dedication, sacrifice and service of a missionary team called Josiah Venture.
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Latvia Then & Now
He is only 17. With a cowlick and great sense of humor, Valters seems like your average teenager living in the small town of Priekule, Latvia. He’s been a Christian for a few years now, has “Jesus always loves you!” written on his Facebook cover photo, and enjoys being involved in his local youth group.
Yet he is much more than your average teenager. Valters is a young Josiah, bright-eyed and smiling, with a passion, as the only Christian youth worker in his area, to lead his peers to Christ.
Kelly and Donna Hargan are Josiah Venture’s country leaders in Latvia.
“You could just tell that Jesus was in him,” Kelly says about Valters. “He had a vision for what he was doing. He left School of Leaders and was all gung-ho to apply to our discipleship conference. He comes to our conference in February, and he was busting his seams. His small youth group had just doubled in size in two weeks! He brought one guy with him who had only been a believer for a week.”