Gabriel Byrd, from Texas, met Heidi from Finland when they were in college. It was
2014 and little did he know that her homeland would eventually become his as well.
After traveling with Heidi to Finland he was drawn to the Finnish people and to their culture. Once they were married both Heidi and Gabriel had a growing desire to serve with a church there. Both are athletes and wanted to work with youth and children using their gifts and talents in education and athletics.
In 2022 they joined with Tying Vines and along with their two very young boys Noah age 3 and baby Lukas, moved the family to Finland. The first year has been a mixture of wonderful adventures in life and ministry as well as challenges of settling a young family in a different country. Gabriel writes in his blog that they have a steady stream of students participating in the youth ministry ranging in age from elementary to high school. The pre teen group is “growing like a wildfire”. He is committed to equipping and discipling the students. One of place that has been especially encouraging is the boy’s Bible Study on Saturdays. The guys are “growing together as brothers and pursuing those who aren’t ‘cool’.” They show up weekly to study and hear God’s word and grow together. Also exciting is the relatively new monthly Sports outreach that is beginning to catch on in the area.
Both Heidi and Gabe are thankful to be serving in Finland and look forward to what God will do in them and through them at the church as Youth Leaders and in the community as lovers of Jesus. Please pray for them as they continue with the work there and also for more youth leaders as the need is already great! If you would like to learn more about their ministry please go to www.byrdfamilymission.com