The Baltic Project

Phase 2 — Latvia

The Latvia Project began as an outgrowth of the Estonia Project, but has now developed into a separate project. Both projects are affiliates of the Christian Music Academy (Kyiv, Ukraine). In Latvia, among Russian-speaking churches, there is an urgent need for the revival of the musical and musical-choral ministry. Leaders of the Latvian churches were concerned that the abundance of talented but untrained young musicians had resulted in a movement towards some extremism in musical performance. The goal of the CMA is that these singers and musicians can be prepared for ministry, and work to provide a more biblically-based and culturally-appropriate direction in the development of music ministry in their churches, and contribute to its active growth.

In October 2007, the Latvian Christian Music Academy (LCMA) was opened, in order to provide basic musical and spiritual training of singers, choristers, members of vocal groups and worship leaders, and also to help in the organization and development of music and choir ministry. The first students from the LCMA graduated in May 2010, after completing a three-year course of study.

This program is led by Vitaliy Bolgar (who also leads the CMA affiliate in Latvia and is an active music minister in Ukraine). Other faculty include professional musicians, pastors, and teachers from Ukraine, Latvia, Canada, and the USA. In addition, the choir from the LCMA has travelled throughout the Baltic region, performing in Lithuania, Estonia, and Belarus.

For more information on the Christian Music Academy in Latvia, click here (Russian and Latvian languages only)

In addition to supporting the work of our associates in Eastern Europe, MIWC would like to send additional teachers and musicians to provide educational and cultural support for the local church leaders. Please contact us if you are interested in partnering with this project.

Contact information:

Sergii Bilokin, Director of MIWC Europe
bilokin.s@gmail.com
+372 555 209 16
 
To make donations to MIWC Europe, including camping ministries in the Baltics or Scandinavia, bank transfers may be made to:
 
Name of Bank: SEB Bank
IBAN: EE101010011722137227
SWIFT: EEUHEE2X

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Historical Overview

Like Ukraine, Latvia has a long history of subjugation by other regional powers. From the 16th century to the beginning of the 20th century, Latvia was continuously under attack or pressure from countries on its borders, including Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, and finally Russia, who ruled Latvia from the 18th century until the 1917 Communist revolution. Latvia experienced a brief period of independence in 1917-1918, but the Soviets took over control of Riga again in January 1919. The country became independent again from 1920-1939. The Soviets moved into Latvia again in June 1940 under the secret Molotov-Ribbentrop agreement, in which Germany and Russia portioned much of Eastern Europe between themselves, without seeking the input from the countries in question. Germany occupied Latvia from July 1941 to October 1944. In 1987, during the perestroika period in the Soviet Union, a number of nationalist groups held massive political demonstrations. The country ultimately declared its independence on May 4, 1990.