In just 2 1/2 days, on Thursday, October 11, Matiss, Elina, and Emma arrive to spend just over 6 weeks in Corvallis. Their journey begins at 7:05am in Riga, which is 9:05pm on Wednesday night here in Corvallis, and ends in Portland at 5:38pm on Thursday night. By the time we see them at PDX they will have been nearly 24 hours in transit with another 2 or more hours before they arrive at our house. Ugh.
They are young, resilient, and they’ve traveled before, but please keep them in your prayers for safe travels, for sufficient energy, for smooth connections and that even in this time of travel God will use them for his purposes. It has been years since I traveled with a 17 month old and I never attempted an international flight with a toddler. Pray for Emma that this will be as comfortable as possible for her and for her parents as they work to keep her entertained, fed, and rested up.
Thanks to all of you for the items you’ve contributed to make their stay a blessing to them. You will have a chance to meet them this Sunday in Suburban’s services.
See that darling little baby in the picture? That is 14 month old Emma Babrovska, daughter of Matiss and Elina. Emma and her parents are coming to visit Suburban in exactly 1 month! They touch down at the Portland Airport on Thursday, October 11 and will join the Suburban family in a six week internship for Matiss and frankly, we can’t wait!!!
A little back story — Matiss is currently the Youth Pastor at our Latvian sister church, Matthews Church in Riga. For the last two summers Matiss has been a huge part of the program portion of the Volleyball Camp that Matthews Church and Suburban partner together to provide. It is such a blessing that he is fluent in English and can bridge the language gap for us Americans. Everyone from the SCC camp team loves and respects Matiss so much and really believe he is a gifted servant of the Lord. In addition, over the last two years Matiss has been a student at the Baltic Pastoral Institute (BPI) studying to become a Pastor, now entering his third and final year of studies.
A year ago in October Steve, Claudia, Mike and Randy visited Matthews Church to join in their 150th anniversary celebration. While we were there the idea was raised of Matiss coming to Suburban for an internship during his third year of BPI. After a year of prayer and planning this internship is becoming a reality!!
Please join us in continued prayer as we work on the detail planning related to this visit. So much is ready – financial provision through a couple of generous donors, a place to stay, a car to use, scheduling of various opportunities for Matiss, for Elina, and Emma to enjoy. But there is more to come, so your prayers are much coveted! And of course, please pray for travel mercies on the journey and for God to teach us all through this amazing adventure!
And in just a few short weeks, be sure to look for Matiss, Elina and Emma in the halls and gathering places of Suburban. You won’t want to miss an opportunity to say ‘hi’ (or maybe ‘ciao’ pronounced chow … yes I know it is Italian, but Latvians say it too!!!) to this sweet family.