Puritan Financial Joins 4:13 Ministries to Make a Difference Overseas

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Puritan Financial teams up with 4:13 Ministries to make a difference overseas. Through combined efforts, a leadership event was created for Talsi Christian School in Latvia.

Matt McIntyre, CEO of Puritan Financial, along with Charles Pendley, the Corporate Chaplain, have traveled across the world in hopes of making a difference. They’ve made two trips to Latvia, a country located in the Baltic Region of Northern Europe. The first trip was for an introductory visit to Talsi Christian School.

After meeting with school officials, they later returned to do a leadership event. McIntyre says, “We feel incredibly fortunate to have been invited to do this. Our goal was to make a difference in the lives of these young leaders.”

The school was started by Inguna Gruznina. She wanted her child and other physically disabled children to have access to education. This was something not available in the region to children with disabilities, at the time. “What Inguna has done is incredible,” says Charles Pendley, “I believe these students will go on to make a difference in their country.”

The leadership program is part of 4:13 Ministries, a non-profit organization set up to provide support for the Talsi Christian School, and support missionary work through out Latvia. Eric Dennis is Pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church in Madill, Oklahoma, and a representative for 4:13 Ministries. He introduced Puritan to the program. Pastor Dennis says, “I’ve known Charles and Matt for a long time. I thought the seminar would be a perfect fit for who they are. Everything has worked out great.”

He traveled with McIntyre and Pendley on both trips to Latvia. The second trip took one week, with the seminar lasting three days.

The journey had a big impact on the team. “We’ve had an amazing experience," says McIntyre, "We want to encourage men and women to invest in the lives of people near and far. You have no idea what a difference you can make to one person. We believe that when you equip, encourage, and expect people to lead and succeed, they can do far greater things than we can imagine.”

Since returning home, McIntyre and Pendley have kept in communication with various students, mentoring them via Skype and email. Puritan hopes to continue working with
4:13 Ministries, and return to Latvia to do more leadership training.

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