Hello, my name is Klāvs Māris Miezis, and I come from Latvia. (Next slide) Latvia is a small, but beautiful country in northern Europe, bordering with Russia, Estonia, Lithuania and Belarus. It is located near the coast of The Baltic Sea.
My parents got married in 1990. They soon wondered, why my mum is still not pregnant and went to the doctor. Doctor said, that both of them have some problems in their reproductive systems and, most likely, they cannot have children. My mum very much wanted to have children, and as a recently born again christian, prayed for it. Around november, 1992, she got baptised in water, and in the evening, reading the Bible, got a word from God – in Genesis 18:10 – that next year around this time Sarah will have a child. She understood, that this promise was for her. In 1993, november 4, I was born. At the hospital, doctor asked, do you want to return here? Mum said, yes. After 2 years, doctor replied. A sister in church also said – after 2 years, so my mum understood, that it will be so. In November 4, 1995, my brother, Toms, was born, exactly 2 years after me. Now only one thing was left – my mum wanted a daughter very much. She prayed to God about it, and thought it would happen again after 2 years, but was pleasantly surprised, that it happened earlier – after a year and 4 months, in 6. march, 1997, my sister, Dārta, was born.
I would say, that I had a happy childhood. We had good relationships, me and my siblings and also my parents. We had neighbourhood children – kids we could play with. For some reasons, I didn`t go to kindergarden, but to a preparation classes for school. Only bad times was, when my father came home drunk. Sadly, it happened quite often, but I`ll talk about it later. Then the time in the school started.
I started school in year 2000. It was a good time, I enjoyed being there, I had good success in the studies, I was one of the best in the class. In 3rd and 4th grade it became much harder, because my classmates started to laugh at me. Probably, because of my good studies and the fact, that I came form a christian family. In the 4th grade I was beaten hard enough to include police. We decided to change school after 4th grade. I was playing basketball, became a latvian champion in my agegroup. In the new school I was laughed at also, but it was less, and, with time it ceased. Part of the reasons, why, might be, that I tried to be included in their cliques. I tried smoking for half a year, but when my mum discovered it, I decided, that it`s not worth it, and dropped it. I tried drinking alcohol, but also soon understood, that it`s no good, besides, seeing my dad`s fate wasn`t encouraging me to continue drinking. Around that time I also didn`t want to go to church anymore. I had some time, that I went there only because my mum made me to. But God continued working with my heart, and through some big events, conferences, summer camps, I was returned being in relationships with God. In 2012, I finished my highschool with good grades in exams and I had to decide, where to go next. I could have gone almost everywhere. I like and am good at maths, chemistry, physics, geography, languages, sports, music. It`s all too much. In our church`s summer camp, a year before, I received a calling to missions and a week later – to Argentina, so I decided, that I need to go to a Bible college, which I saw a yearbook from – to the Baltic School of Ministry, where some of you met me last year.
Baltic School of Ministry
It was a special year. Being together 22 students, learning the word of God. Being instructed in different parts of ministry, trying different parts of ministry, like worship leading, translating, also cleaning and usher duties.
It was a challenging year. First year away from my family, first year, when I had to manage my finances, first year to depend on God with finances.
It was an interesting year. Checking out 8 or nine different churches in Latvia, and understanding, that mine is the best for me.
I finished the year as second best in the school by the marks in the tests, and even before that already signed up for Mariager Hojskole
I got to know about it from the students, that came to BSM in november, and thought, it would be nice to be there. Then in march, DJ came to teach us, and encouraged me even more – I signed up for it, but I didn`t have any money for that. In a miraculous way I got the money for coming to Denmark, and so here I am. Still learning to trust in God. Still learning to develop relationships with Him.
So, as you know already, I have a brother and sister, dad and mum. My brother is in 12th grade, in the last year of his highschool. My sister is in 11th grade. My mum is an accountant, my dad is a builder. Two years ago my parents got divorced, but it wasn`t a big stroke for me. We knew it was coming for a long time already. My parents argued constantly, especially, when my father was drunk. He had serious problems in that sense, especially in the last few years of their life together. But they still kept together, so we, the children, could grow up in a full family. My father, on the other hand, didn`t like, that we`re going to church. He remembered the pastor from the times, that he was a drunkard, and couldn`t understand, that God can change this. Even though, in the beginning he went to the church too, was baptized, was a member. And that nicely leads us for the next topic.
My Faith and My Church
I come from a christian family, have been raised in church, basically. I haven`t had doubts about God`s existence, though, there has been a question about church`s worth in being in my life. When I was 6 to 7 years old, I went in front of church – to get saved, got baptised in Holy Spirit first and later in water. Soon after that, partly, because of the influence of my schoolmates, I didn`t want to go to church anymore. In sunday mornings I suddenly “felt sick”. But God worked on my heart and through my mum, through sunday-school, where my mum made me to go anyway, kept me in the church. Then came some youth conferences, our summer camps, that let me experience the touch of God, and I didn`t want to do without it. So I started to go to church on my own will, and not only on sunday services, but also on wednesday services, friday prayer meetings, saturday youth meetings. I became an active member of church, took part in all activities, that happened. Then came a chance to go to BSM, I did that. And, though I knew a lot before the school, I received even more during that year.
I come from a 22 years old, non-denominational church, called “Dzīvības avots”, or Spring of Life. My mum has been involved there since almost its beginning, ministering as a translator from Russian to Latvian. It is being involved in different things, like evangelism. Churches vision is Bible school and missions, and it is starting to move in those directions. I love my church.
And the last topic is Future.
I believe, I`m called for missions in Argentina, for leading worship and being a true worshipper and in evangelism. I believe, that in some time I`ll become a full-time minister, and that I`m in a preparation time. I believe, that, here or somewhere else, God will give me a wife, we`ll have some children. My goal for life is written in 2 Timothy 4:7. That it could be said about me: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.