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Are You Ready? It is one of those rainy spring days here in Rīga, Latvia, where it is the perfect balance of warm and cool. As I sit in this little cafe, sipping on a coffee and talking about life with Kristiāna, everything feels so very familiar. For the past two years, we have found ourselves having sweet conversations in... Read more



Why is leaving JV so hard? As I zip up my suitcase, I give my room one last look. It’s all here—my time in Czech as a JVK (Josiah Venture Kid) missionary for these past nine years. I see my white... Read more Social Un-Distancing Dear Friends, What do you do when the distance decreases? A common theme of the current pandemic is the need to create space. Greater distance decreases the chances... Read more Be Still On March 12, in our annual JV Training Team meeting, I started a session with an oddball icebreaker question, ‘If you were quarantined for two weeks what would you do?’... Read more Always Ready Dear Friends, When the opportunity comes, it is too late to get ready. This was not the first time Maia Stoitseva had received a phone call from the media. The primary focus... Read more On Mission in Crisis Dear Friends, How do you stay on mission in the midst of a crisis? Many of you gave to your Josiah Venture missionary or ministry this month, and we are very grateful... Read more From a Missionary’s Window It’s interesting being inside, at home, as spring begins to unfold outside the windows. Small buds are beginning to form on the ends of some branches, and a few trees have... Read more Coronavirus Update In recent weeks Europe has become an epicenter of the outbreak of COVID-19, with thousands becoming sick and many losing their lives. This has prompted unprecedented responses... Read more Marriage or Mission? Dear Friends, “The health of your family is central to the effectiveness of your mission.” I was a young husband and father preparing to move to Eastern Europe... Read more Long Shadows and Bright Lights Dear Friends, I’ve never seen Karl Marx so large. His massive face glowered at me as I walked through the square in Chemnitz, a German city in the former DDR. The... Read more