Matt and Lea have been serving the Estonian church with Alongside Ministries International since 1998. At that time, Lea and her cousin Heili had organized a youth ministry in their small church in a fishing community outside of Estonia’s capital city, Tallinn. After a number of delegations (led by Estonian-American, John Lipp) from Alongside had visited Estonia and formed friendships, Lea and Heili requested the help of a young man who might help them particularly with their teenage boys. Matt arrived about a year later committed to a two year stint.
Since those early days together in the Viimsi Church youth group, much has grown and developed. What began as a ministry partnership eventually become a marriage with children Kevin and Miriam eventually arriving on the scene. Likewise, other partnerships have blossomed and doors have opened for us to serve in a wide variety of ways.
Our core conviction is that God effects the transforming power of the gospel through local churches. The health of local churches then is critical for growing the Kingdom of God both deep and wide. Our ministries seek to encourage and equip local churches by 1) providing relief to those in need, 2) equipping the church to engage the Word and live it out effectively, 3) maximizing the potential of cross-cultural perspective to inform and amplify the mission of the whole Church.