Day 1.5

It’s been a long day.  I can’t believe that it was only this morning (36 hours ago) that we met at the church to begin our journey.


Flights went very well.  The youngsters don’t remember back in the day with everyone on the plane had to watch the same lame movie.  Now we each have an assortment of movies, games and music.  It helps make the flight go faster.

Leg room is still a problem.

KneesBut Brian did manage to get some shuteye, until the flight attendant rammed the beverage cart into his knee.  Ouch… that’s gonna leave a mark.

BRS sleep

We were greeted by the smiling faces of Gatis and Arnija.  They took us for our first taste of Latvian food and culture.  It was awesome!

First Dinner


The apartment is great – photos to come.


We made a quick stop at the Olympic Center.  Gatis gave us a tour and oh yea, mentioned that the final registration count is (drum roll please) 51.  BIG PRAISE!


To finish off our 36 hours day we attended an “All Night” church event at Matthews Church.  Once a year churches in Riga, and around Latvia, celebrate on the same night. The theme is the same across all churches. This year’s theme was “Light”.

Matthews Choir

Matthews Church has the most amazing choir.  I could hardly believe this was a church choir.  In Latvia they take choir very seriously.  They also featured an amazing guitarist.  The concert lasts until midnight but we just couldn’t hang for the whole time.

One quick stop at the grocery store and we are now back at the apartment and ready for bed.


Tomorrow we meet with the Latvian coaches to go over all the camp details. Pray that God would lay out the plan and that there would not be too many details overlooked.

Pray for the kids who will be attending.  Final count is 51.  That’s officially a sellout. Pray that their hearts would be open for what God has for each of them.

Pray for myself and the other coaches who will be sharing our testimonies throughout the week.

Pray that we create deeper connections with Matthews Church.

Pray that we all get some good sleep tonight.  (Hopefully I won’t look at this blog post in the morning and find a bunch of mumble jumble)

Good Night



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