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.
Maris was a member of the group at his congregation 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 Messianic Jewish congregations in the country. One of the congregations they created is still meeting and 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, which covered 2/3's of the country.
They left Latvia to be the point persons for Iris's elderly parents.
They are now leading English language bible discussions on Zoom on Wednesday and Friday evenings, plus doing a Zoom meeting to teach Gentile believers how to share the concept of Yeshua being the Messiah of Israel.
You can find their outreach page on Facebook,
Maris and Iris Salmins Yeshua Connection