Today we attended Mathews Church. With the help of interpreters, we were able to follow along for the most part. The teachings were mainly out of the book of Mathew and 1 Peter among other supporting scriptures. The message today reminded us that our cornerstone should be Christ alone and not the things of this world. The Latvian word for cornerstone is “Stūrakmenis”. There were several songs, many of which were familiar to us albeit in Latvian. It was interesting to see the similarities and differences in our style of worship.
We had a planning meeting after church. We spent time going over the schedule and getting to know one another. Everyone seemed to hit it off and we have a sense that this is going to be awesome camp!
Later that evening, the men got together and loaded the supplies for camp. Several of the guys and one gal stuck around to throw the football and discuss sports. Tomorrow we get up early and head to camp.
As Claudia mentioned, we’ve arrived safely. The flight from Portland to Frankfurt was pretty uneventful, However, as we boarded the plane to Riga, we discovered a hole just below one of the wings. The ground crew and pilot investigated the damage and deemed the craft still flight worthy. Although it made us feel uneasy, we boarded the plane and trusted God will get us there safely. The flight was fine.
We were able to pick up some groceries before bed. Our bodies adjusted quickly as we all woke up early and cooked breakfast.
After breakfast we ventured around Riga visiting the sites of the city on foot. According to KC’s Garmin, we walked over 28k steps. Throughout the day we spent time in devotion to God, sharing testimonies and getting to know each other on a deeper level .
Tomorrow we will attend Mathews Church. Afterward, the team will meet with Matiss to plan and load the supplies for camp. We appreciate your prayers and support. We will keep you posted!
After a day of being flexible (our word, remember?) the team is winging their way to Frankfurt, Germany and from there to Riga. The flight ended up being delayed by about 3 1/2 hours. Thankfully that was not an issue as they had a 9 hour layover in Frankfurt, so now they’re down to about 1 1/2 hours in Frankfurt, honestly about a perfect layover time.
They used their airport time to play “Go Fish”, a true team-building endeavor – :-). Keep on praying – we’ll let you know when they arrive……
We’re in the last few days of preparation for the Latvia Team trip to partner with Matthews Church in providing a Youth Camp outside of Riga. The team leaves Portland about 3:30 this Thursday afternoon. We covet your prayers!
One of the things we pray into as a team is summed up in the word ‘flexible’! Every year from trip prep to trip completion we run into surprises – it’s the nature of developing projects over a 5,000 mile distance. We’ve already had some surprises and seen God provide what we needed to meet the need of the moment. So pray for flexibility for us! We want to flex with what God has for us, even if that means detours or last minute adjustments or changes to plans. Pray that we will have ears to hear, eyes to see, and a heart to follow all that God has during our travels, during the camp, during our time with Matthews Church’s Family Camp and even on the way home.
Three more sleeps and we’re on our way! Thank you SO MUCH for your prayers!