Maris Salmins attended a Bible school in Estonia that had a Jewish founder. Maris also attended seminars in Sweden whose founder owned ships that took Russian Jews to Israel.
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 was a member of the group at his church 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 Jewish congregation in the country of Jewish believers in Yeshua the Mashiach. Two of the groups they created are still meeting and one of them is planting other congregations and digitally spreading the good news of Yeshua to Russian-speaking Jewish people worldwide. Throughout the six years, Maris and Iris were in Latvia planting, they had a Christian 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.
They are now doing Zoom and in-person teachings for churches, bible studies, youth groups, mission organizations, etc. to teach Gentile believers how to witness to Jewish people effectively.
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