For years, Iris Salmins, a Jewish believer in Yeshua, made trips to Russia, Ukraine, and Latvia, distributing Bibles and tracts about Yeshua to Jewish people.
In 1995, Iris moved from Houston, Texas, to create Latvia's first Messianic synagogue. She was sent out by her home congregation, Beth Yeshua HaMashiach.
Maris Salmins was a member of a group that met weekly to pray for Israel and the Jewish people. Two weeks after Iris arrived in Latvia, she spoke at that group. Maris met Iris. Maris became Iris's translator. One year later, Maris and Iris were married.
They began the first congregation in Latvia of Jewish people who believe Yeshua is the Messiah of Israel. Throughout the six years, Maris and Iris were in Latvia planting, they had a radio program, "Jewish Voice" which covered 2/3's of the country.
They left Latvia to be the point persons for Iris's elderly parents.
The Yeshua Connection is associated with Congregation Beth Yeshua HaMashiach led by Jonathan Elowitz. Congregation Beth Yeshua HaMashiach is associated with Rabbi Dr. Itzhak Shapira, founding rabbi of Ahavat Ammi.
Maris and Iris Salmins