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From Latvia to our American friends, have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Lots of great things are happening here in Latvia. You can read about what I have been up to in my recent online newsletter below.

My September Newsletter is now posted online. See what is happening in Latvia and the Baltic states.
The official World Wide release of the music video "Dievs Svētī Latviju". 🇱🇻🇱🇻🇱🇻

August's online newsletter is now posted!!
Update from ''dmc'' Musicianary to Latvia''.
The July newsletter is now posted online.
From dmc, Musicianary in Latvia.
Mission ministry update now posted online
Excited about the upcoming ministry engagements and traveling the Lord is opening up for me. You can read about them in my March newsletter now online.
Update from Musicianary to Latvia.
My January newsletter is posted online. I share about my trip to India.
Update from Musicianary to Latvia & Eastern Europe:

We are Connecting Spiritual Orphans to the Global Family of Christ in former communist and Soviet bloc nations. Check out our official website at www.SONetwork.org

At SON Network we serve people in a part of the world that is often overlooked as a mission field. We excel at reaching spiritual orphans in the unique context of former communist nations. The spiritual darkness and challenges of former and currently communist nations are uniquely different from many other mission fields. While most mission organizations are focused on service and social ministrie

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The Coup That Killed The USSR 08/16/2021

The Coup That Killed The USSR

30 years ago, this week the U.S.S.R. collapsed and the Soviet Union soon dissolved. This ushered in the opportunity for millions of Spiritual Orphans to begin to discover that God really does exist and that they could know what it means to have a Father in Heaven who loves them and brothers and sisters, throughout the globe, who are one in Christ. 30 years have passed and there is still a tremendous amount of healing yet to take place. YOU can be part of connecting Spiritual Orphans to the global family of Christ by volunteering to serve on one of several different 2022 SON Missions Team next summer!

The Coup That Killed The USSR In August 1991, a group of Soviet hardliners locked Gorbachev up in his Crimean dacha and tried to keep the USSR together by force. Facing massive protests, they gave up just three days after taking power, when the first civilian blood was spilled in Moscow.

2021 ALBANIA MISSIONS BLOG | Spiritual Orphans Network 08/04/2021

2021 ALBANIA MISSIONS BLOG | Spiritual Orphans Network

IN THE STEPS OF PAUL and A NEW FRONTIER WITH OLD FRIENDS - A small team of SON Staff members travelled to Albania to help our Albanian full-time workers and ministry partners host two Camps for Teens and a whole lot more in Albania!
https://sonetwork.org/2021/08/04/2021-albania-missions-blog/

2021 ALBANIA MISSIONS BLOG | Spiritual Orphans Network “So that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I fulfilled the ministry of the Gospel of Christ.” – Romans 15:19

2021 UKRAINE MISSIONS BLOG | Spiritual Orphans Network 2021 UKRAINE MISSIONS BLOG 07/20/2021

2021 UKRAINE MISSIONS BLOG | Spiritual Orphans Network 2021 UKRAINE MISSIONS BLOG

SPECIAL BLESSINGS! and GOD"S PLANS ALWAYS PREVAIL - A small team of SON Staff members travelled to Ukraine to help our Ukrainian ministry partners host two small English Bible Camps in Bila Tserkva and in Novogradovka. Read the blog post here! https://sonetwork.org/2021/07/20/2021-ukraine-missions-blog/

2021 UKRAINE MISSIONS BLOG | Spiritual Orphans Network 2021 UKRAINE MISSIONS BLOG June 6 to June 12 – We left Dubai for Ukraine. Quite a culture change, but one we were really looking forward to. We began our first camp week in Bila Tserkva, Ukraine (near Kiev). This was our first camp with new SON residential missionaries, Pastor Scott & Lena Yount and we can only say WOW! God...

SON 2021 SUMMER MISSIONS BLOG | Spiritual Orphans Network 07/15/2021

SON 2021 SUMMER MISSIONS BLOG | Spiritual Orphans Network

TROUBLE IN TEXAS, plus PASTORS, PRIESTS AND VISAS! - Check out the first entries in a series of SON 2021 Summer Missions blog posts by Pastor David & Angela Breidenbach!

SON 2021 SUMMER MISSIONS BLOG | Spiritual Orphans Network For the 2021 SON Summer Missions Season the SON Board of Trustees had to make the difficult decision not to allow teams to travel overseas for the second summer in a row. This was due largely to the uncertainty surrounding COVID travel restrictions and complications that vary greatly from country to...

07/07/2021

From our SON Slovakia team leaders, Phil Schmidt and Erika Mechsner: We couldn’t travel to Slovakia for a mission trip again this year… so we decided to have a mission retreat with our team in the USA! We had Zoom sessions with our Slovak friends in Vranov, held team devotionals and prayer sessions, worshipped at a local church, enjoyed some team building activities and trips, and filmed videos for the kids and teens in Slovakia (panel discussions, songs, story time, object lessons, and skits!) to bridge the time between the 2019 trip and our 2022 trip.

The English Bible Camps will be back in 2022, and in a big way!

SON will post more photos and information about camps that did happen this year in our partner countries Ukraine and Albania! Stay tuned!

From our SON Slovakia team leaders, Phil Schmidt and Erika Mechsner: We couldn’t travel to Slovakia for a mission trip again this year… so we decided to have a mission retreat with our team in the USA! We had Zoom sessions with our Slovak friends in Vranov, held team devotionals and prayer sessions, worshipped at a local church, enjoyed some team building activities and trips, and filmed videos for the kids and teens in Slovakia (panel discussions, songs, story time, object lessons, and skits!) to bridge the time between the 2019 trip and our 2022 trip.

The English Bible Camps will be back in 2022, and in a big way!

SON will post more photos and information about camps that did happen this year in our partner countries Ukraine and Albania! Stay tuned!

Photos from Німецька Євангелічно-Лютеранська Церква України - НЄЛЦУ, НЕЛЦУ, DELKU's post 06/28/2021

After over 3 years! Alleluia!

06/21/2021

The Academy: Walking By The Spirit

Father’s Day message from Dr. Gemechis Buba and update on the work in which SON is partnered in the Middle East.

Photos from Spiritual Orphans Network's post 06/15/2021

Pastor David & Angela Breidenbach, SON Missionary to Latvia, Pastor David Michael Carrillo, and Ukrainian ministry partner, Anna-Mariia Gross, joined Pastor Scott & Lena Yount for a week of camp ministry at the Orphanage for Boys with special needs in Bila Tserkva, Ukraine. It was a lot of fun and opportunity to connect with some amazing children of God! We enjoyed learning how God rescues us during story time, playing sports, singing songs during music, creating crafts, and just enjoying being together. To God be he glory!

Photos from Gemechis Buba's post 06/05/2021

Pastor David and Angela are blessed to be in Dubai with our new SON missionary - Pr. Martha, leadership from the NALC, and students of LeadStar International. This is a huge opportunity for spiritual and leadership development.

Spring Update! 05/24/2021

Spring Update!

SON is so grateful for the tremendous response to our JOIN TOGETHER 2021 fundraising event! We are about half-way toward reaching our goal of $100k. Thank you! Enjoy reading the latest from SON full-time ministry workers, Pr. Scott and Lena Yount, serving in Ukraine: https://ukrainepastor.wordpress.com/2021/05/24/spring-ministry/

Spring Update! These last few months have been keeping Lena and I busy as we’ve been out visiting many of our campers. We had fun during Holy Week with Dasha and Valya. We also had many other opportunities …

05/20/2021

JOIN TOGETHER 2021

SON Network JOIN TOGETHER 2021 Fundraising Event
Join Us to learn how the Lord has opened new doors and expanded SON ministries in Ukraine, Mongolia, Ethiopia, and Dubai! Also, hear from SON ministry partners in Albania, Belarus, Latvia, Estonia, Slovakia, and Russia! Plus, special messages from Pr. Don Richman, Rev. Dr. Gemechis Buba, and Pr. David Breidenbach!

RUSSIA: How will re-training of foreign-trained clergy be implemented? 05/14/2021

RUSSIA: How will re-training of foreign-trained clergy be implemented?

Sweeping changes are coming to Russia, which will affect virtually all religious organizations:
"From October, when new Religion Law amendments come into force, all clergy, religious teachers and missionaries working for registered religious organisations who have trained abroad will need to undertake a course in "state-confessional relations in the Russian Federation". They will then need to be re-certified by a centralised religious organisation before being permitted to begin work for the first time. How the amendments will be applied in practice "is a big question"
Lord, have mercy.
https://www.forum18.org/archive.php?article_id=2657

RUSSIA: How will re-training of foreign-trained clergy be implemented? From October, when new Religion Law amendments come into force, all clergy, religious teachers and missionaries working for registered religious organisations who have trained abroad will need to undertake a course in "state-confessional relations in the Russian Federation". They will then need to b...

04/21/2021

Prayer request from the Ingrian Lutheran Church in Koltushi, Russia...

Huhtikuun alussa mitätöitiin oikeuden päätöksellä Inkerin kirkon Teologisen instituutin lisenssi koulutuspalvelujen antamiseen niissä opinto-ohjelmissa, jotka tähtäävät uskonnollisten järjestöjen työntekijöiden ja uskonnollisen henkilökunnan valmistamiseen.
Venäjän koulutuksen ja tieteen valvonta- ja tarkastuslaitos kehotti hakemaan lisenssia uudestaan. Tällä hetkellä Teologisen instituutin hallinto valmistelee tarvittavia asiakirjoja.
Instituutti jatkaa sitä sääntöjen mukaista toimintaa, joka ei vaadi erityistä lisenssiä. Toivomme, että syksyyn mennessä onnistumme käynnistämään taas kokonaisvaltaisen opetustoiminnan uuden lisenssin turvin.
Pyydämme kaikkia työntekijöitä ja seurakuntalaisia rukoilemaan, että Herra sallisi meidän kouluttaa työntekijöitä seurakuntiamme varten ja antaisi meille viisautensa ja johdatuksensa.

Estonia recognises US COVID-19 vaccination cards, most others 04/09/2021

Estonia recognises US COVID-19 vaccination cards, most others

Estonia recognises US COVID-19 vaccination cards, most others The Estonian social ministry has confirmed to Estonian World that the country does recognise the handwritten US coronavirus vaccination cards as proof of inoculation that will waive the travellers’ obligation to self-isolate; Estonia also recognises most other vaccination records.

04/05/2021

Plan now to join us on May 20th!

Plan now to join us on May 20th!

Scott & Elena Yount with David & Angela Breidenbach 03/18/2021

Scott & Elena Yount with David & Angela Breidenbach

We were blessed to be interviewed on KNKT’s ABQ Connect with Jim Williams, last week. Take a listen and learn more about our ministry partnership with Scott and Lena Yount’s Joy 4 Ukraine ministry!

Scott & Elena Yount with David & Angela Breidenbach Spiritual Orphans Network (SON) connects North American believers with people and ministries in former communist and Soviet bloc nations in Central & East Europe, the Baltics, the Balkans, and Ethiopia. Pastor Scott Yount and his wife

Photos from Spiritual Orphans Network's post 03/18/2021

Pastor David & Angela Breidenbach played host to Pastor Scott & Lena Yount this last week in Albuquerque! Joy 4 Ukraine is the name of their ministry that serves and advocates for Ukrainian children and adults with physical and developmental challenges. SON is so excited to join in ministry with the Younts in Ukraine!

02/25/2021

SON Global Ministry Focus: UKRAINE

This week we are talking with SON ministry partners in UKRAINE, Pastor Scott & Lena Yount, with Joy 4 Ukraine! Learn about the inspiring work that they have been doing with special needs and mobility challenged children and adults to connect Spiritual Orphans to the Global Family of Christ.

02/09/2021

While thirty years have passed since the People’s Socialist Republic of Albania (Albanian: Republika Popullore Socialiste e Shqipërisë) collapsed, many Albanians are still working to come to terms with the repression and violence they faced under the country’s communist regime.

When Enver Hoxha, the First Secretary of the Party of Labour of Albania (Albanian: Partia e Punës e Shqipërisë), came to power in 1944, he worked to quickly transform Albania into a one-party communist state. Hoxha implemented forced collectivization of agriculture, banned the ownership of private property, shut religious institutions, and tightened his grip on civil society. In order to achieve these goals, the state authorities arrested, deported, imprisoned, tortured, and executed those who refused to comply or were perceived to be enemies of the state.

Albania became home to a number of different concentration and forced labour camps, which were located in Berat, Kamza, Kruja, Porto Palermo, Tepelena, Valias, Durrës, Tirana, and Korça. In addition, prisoners were also held in a number of prisons that existed throughout the country. Scholars argue that anywhere from 21,000 to 60,000 people passed through Albania’s concentration and labour camps, while prisons sentenced more than 20,000 people. Thousands of those imprisoned received death sentences.

Burrel Prison (Albanian: Burgu i Burrelit)
Photo: Albanian Telegraphic Agency

🔹Recommendation: read more about the communist era in Albania on our portal: https://communistcrimes.org/en/countries/albania

Thirty exquisite maps to teach a great deal about Estonia 02/04/2021

Thirty exquisite maps to teach a great deal about Estonia

Geographers from the University of Tartu participated in a global 30-day #map challenge, creating thirty maps of #Estonia – see what they came up to.

Thirty exquisite maps to teach a great deal about Estonia Geographers from the University of Tartu participated in a global 30-day map challenge, creating thirty maps of Estonia – see what they came up to.

02/01/2021

A reminder of Ethiopia’s communist past...

Karl Marx Sculpture, Addis Ababa

A sculpture of Karl Marx stands at the entrance to the campus of the University of Addis Ababa, a reminder of Ethiopia’s socialist heritage. The statue was created by a German sculptor from the GDR, Jo Jastram.

Karl Marx’s philosophy and his book "Capital" (Das Kapital) laid the foundation for the worldwide expansion of communism – his ideas were used to justify the revolution. The German philosopher’s influence on Africa's liberation movements was widespread in several post-colonial states. In 1975, Ethiopia's Derg regime, a brutal dictatorship with Marxist rhetoric, declared Marxism-Leninism the state ideology. Derg's Red Terror sparked the Ethiopian Civil War in 1975 that lasted until 1991. Nationalisation and collectivisation lead the country into economic crisis and contributed to the 1980s famine that caused up to 1 million hunger deaths. Since the collapse of communism, people in Ethiopia are no longer interested in socialist ideology.

🔹Recommendation: read more about the communist era in Ethiopia on our portal: https://communistcrimes.org/en/countries/ethiopia

How Ukraine is healing the traumatic wounds of colonialism 01/21/2021

How Ukraine is healing the traumatic wounds of colonialism

An excellent article about the woundedness and gradual recovery of Ukraine. There are many parallels that can be found in almost all the former Soviet bloc nations, where SON also serves.

How Ukraine is healing the traumatic wounds of colonialism Ukraine is gradually learning to discuss its history, analyze traumatic historical events, understand the consequences of colonialialism, and look for ways to overcome them. Yaroslav Hrytsak, Tamara Hundorova, Mykola Riabchuk and other prominent Ukrainian scholars from different countries - Italy, t...

01/12/2021

Joy 4 Ukraine 2020 Highlights

SON associate in ministry, Pastor Scott Yount shares 2020 highlights from doing ministry in Ukraine! w/ Scott Yount

Spiritual Orphans Network updated their phone number. 01/12/2021

Spiritual Orphans Network updated their phone number.

Spiritual Orphans Network updated their phone number.

01/07/2021

Thank You!

Thank You!

12/29/2020

Exciting News from SON!

Exciting News from SON!

12/24/2020

SON Global Christmas Blessings

From our family to yours: Christmas traditions and blessings from SON global ministry family throughout Central & East Europe. Prepare to be blessed. Merry Christmas!

What is the impact of Connecting Spiritual Orphans to the Global Family of Christ? 12/19/2020

What is the impact of Connecting Spiritual Orphans to the Global Family of Christ?

What is the impact of Connecting Spiritual Orphans to the Global Family of Christ?

What is the impact of Connecting Spiritual Orphans to the Global Family of Christ?

12/17/2020

SON Global Ministry Focus: ESTONIA (w/ complete audio)

This week we are talking with SON ministry partners in ESTONIA, Pastor Siimon Haamer and Mattias Haamer, with Tartu Academy of Theology and Home of Hope! Learn about the inspiring work that they have been doing, for over 4 generations, to connect Spiritual Orphans to the Global Family of Christ.

12/12/2020

YOU Have the Power to help us reach our year end goal of $50,000 that will connect hundreds of Spiritual Orphans with the Hope that can only be found in a relationship with Jesus Christ!
Support SON Network, today! Click Here: SONetwork.org/give/ or simply Text: SON To: 800 500 5858

YOU Have the Power to help us reach our year end goal of $50,000 that will connect hundreds of Spiritual Orphans with the Hope that can only be found in a relationship with Jesus Christ!
Support SON Network, today! Click Here: SONetwork.org/give/ or simply Text: SON To: 800 500 5858

12/08/2020

Lord, have mercy.

New Year's greetings with portraits of Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Lenin have been placed in the center of Sevastopol in the Russian-occupied Crimea. That's according to RFE/RL's Crimea.Realities project.

The billboard is located outside a local office of Russia's Communist Party.

Communist Party and the relevant symbols of the Soviet Union have long been banned in Ukraine. However, in Russian and Russian-occupied territories, Soviet symbols are reviving with growing public consent. They are actively used by Putin's propaganda about the so-called "Russian world".

12/04/2020

SON Network is pleased to announce that Pastor Scott & Lena Yount are new associates in ministry, serving north central UKRAINE! Check out their ministry blog site, here: https://ukrainepastor.wordpress.com/2020/11/

SON Network is pleased to announce that Pastor Scott & Lena Yount are new associates in ministry, serving north central UKRAINE! Check out their ministry blog site, here: https://ukrainepastor.wordpress.com/2020/11/

12/03/2020

The SON Network Newsletter Magazine is here! Click on the link to read it, now! If you'd like a hard copy sent to you, just email your contact information to us at: [email protected]
https://mcusercontent.com/a596fa7cbd03d0a1194d30801/files/76d14d47-fb47-4d04-a62d-2296bf44134d/SON_Autumn_2020.pdf

The SON Network Newsletter Magazine is here! Click on the link to read it, now! If you'd like a hard copy sent to you, just email your contact information to us at: [email protected]
https://mcusercontent.com/a596fa7cbd03d0a1194d30801/files/76d14d47-fb47-4d04-a62d-2296bf44134d/SON_Autumn_2020.pdf

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WHAT WE DO

CONNECTING SPIRITUAL ORPHANS TO THE GLOBAL FAMILY OF CHRIST. SON currently is serving in Albania, Belarus, Estonia, Ethiopia, Latvia, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine. We offer opportunities for North American volunteers to participate as members of short-term missions (STM) teams that serve to connect with people in former communist and Soviet bloc nations in Central & East Europe, Russia, the Baltics, the Balkans, and Ethiopia. SON missions teams host cross-cultural English Bible camps and schools for children; Life & Adventure camps for teens; and Bible studies for adults. Overseas teaching opportunities also exist for pastors and ministry leaders in a variety of settings and terms of service, through SON Regional Learning Centers. Long-term and career missionaries are also called, equipped, and sent to serve in specific kingdom-building capacities that help empower, equip, and grow the visions for ministry of our indigenous co-workers, overseas. This is how relationships are strengthened, disciples are made, and the Body of Christ is equipped for Kingdom Building.

Founded in 1992, following the fall of communism, SON is a conservative, evangelical, pan-Lutheran – but first and foremost – Christian mission organization. SON is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is registered in Bloomington, MN and headquartered in Albuquerque, NM. We are blessed to serve alongside a vast network of North American supporters, throughout the US and Canada.

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JOIN TOGETHER 2021
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