What a way to start a new day and week in a new country (for me, most of the team has been here before) with worship at Matthews Church! My ears are still enjoying the music they shared.
Directly following service, our team and Latvian cohorts walked over to the gym facilities to make last minute preparations and plans for the camp that’s happening this week.
We spent the evening having traditional Latvian food. The food was awesome, but that wasn’t the highlight. People and relationships with them are, which is why we are so thankful to have the opportunity to be a part of this Latvia church family. It is so good to share the same goals and work together in pursuit of showing the love God has for each one of us and how it is so worth following Him!
Surprise! The Volleyball Team isn’t leaving today after all!
Team member Carol Schaudt has the blessing of being the first name on the team’s airline reservation. So she was contacted late yesterday and told that the first leg of the team’s flight to Riga was detained and would arrive in Portland too late for them to make their connecting overseas flight from the East coast. Re-booking was the order of the night. Carol stayed up until the wee hours (actually until about two hours before we planned to leave Corvallis this Thursday morning) working with airline booking agents to get the team to Riga on Friday. It was a no go. Instead most of the team will leave for PDX tomorrow morning, Friday, June 16 and arrive in Riga on Saturday, June 17.
Please pray for:
- the revised reservations to work and for the team to arrive safe and sound on Saturday, June 17
- one team member, not traveling from PDX, will arrive late Friday night. Arrangements are in place for this member to be met at the Riga airport and transported to the team’s Air BnB. Pray travel mercies for this team member and peace in an unexpected situation
- last minutes details — there is opportunity in this change, pray that team members will capitalize on that opportunity as the Lord leads
- our friends from Matthews Church as they also juggle plans and schedules to adjust to the changes.
Thank you for your prayers and please keep on praying! We trust that this change is an answer to your prayers. We know that God is the Master Scheduler and even United Airlines can’t overthrow the plans of our Lord!
The final preparations are being made before leaving for Volleyball camp in Riga, Latvia on Thursday. Camp registrations continue to come in and the team is preparing for a great camp.
Thank you to everyone who has come up and told us that you have been praying for us. It means so much to know that every detail of this trip is bathed in prayer. We feel so supported by the members of Suburban.
Please continue to pray:
For travel. Carol, Brian, Erik and Marci will be traveling from Portland. Laura will be traveling from the Philippines. Tayla will be traveling from Texas. We all arrive at different times so there will be some coordination needed. Pray for safe travels and that we will adjust quickly to time change as we will be adjusting from several different time zones.
For the Coaches. Some of the Latvian coaches will be back from last year’s camp, but there will also be some new faces. Pray that communications and coordination of activities goes well. Pray that we are sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit throughout the day during gym sessions and meal breaks.
For the Campers. We expect that there will be several kids returning from last year’s camp. We are excited to renew our relationships with them and to meet new campers. Pray that their hearts will be ready to receive what God has for them at this year’s camp.
For the Lunch Program. We have a 2 hours lunch break and have planned a variety of activities to build relationships with the kids and share what following Christ means to us. Marci will be working with Mattis from Matthews Church on activities to best utilize this valuable teaching time.
For Erik, as he connects with people from Matthews Church and gathers information for the creation of the timeline gift to be presented to Matthews Church at their 150th Anniversary Celebration.
Again, thank you all for your continued support. We will try and post updates often during our trip.