Each morning we have a pleasant walk to the gym where the volleyball camp is being held.
It’s been a full first two days of camp here in Riga. Monday could be described by the word ‘familiarize.’ Familiarizing ourselves with Latvian names, a volleyball camp schedule, each other, and members of Matthews Church. Camp was focused on testing volleyball skills and passing, with some games in between.
Matiss has spent time preparing for the lunch break and has added even more connections with the kids through his interactive games.
After camp, we were hosted by a family from Matthews Church. They are a family of five—Maris, Laura, Kalvis, Oswalds, and Harald. From the second we started our evening with them, we could sense their love for Christ. We ate with them, got to know them and their three goofy boys and friend.
They topped of our evening by bringing us to a national park-type of spot. The spot was called ‘Purva Laipa’ and it was a beautiful spot with the Latvian pete moss and lots of trees. Their hospitality was incredible and their family loving. We were so grateful for this time of fellowship.
Tuesday, we started to find a camp rhythm and structure. The day as focused on setting and team games. We had scrimmages, relays, and a few of us had some meaningful conversations with campers about how they heard about camp, their life in general, and their knowledge of Jesus.
Randy shared his life story, with the help of Matiss translating. He did an excellent job engaging with his audience, since Randy and the kids are pretty much the same…full of a love of sport and fun.
Our incredible hosts for the evening.
The day was finished with a trip to Jurmala, a beach city, where we had deliciously large servings of traditional Latvian meals—potato, salad (cucumbers and tomatoes), and a meat—all with a beach view. Dinner was followed by a dunk in the Baltic Sea by Ahnika, Aleasha, and Laurel and a stop at the ‘RIGA’ sign on the way home. Our time with Lauris brought laughter and delight.