Friday, August 01, 2003
There is so much to tell, way too much really so I will focus on a few of the highlights. Our time in
Several times through out the two weeks we all (Latvians and Americans) went to spend time at orphanages. All the girls went to a baby orphanage where we were able to hold and play with a baby for an hour. All the boys went to an adolescent orphanage where they made the kids a BBQ lunch and played games with them for a few hours. This is very important because
We brought over our worship band from the Hub in hopes of being able to minister with music. Matthew’s Church had two youth services in the two weeks that we were there. The Hub band was able to play in both these youth services and two Sunday adult services. This was a great time to share our passion for the Lord with fellow Christians and encourage them. The Latvians sing some of the same songs as us but in Latvian. It was pretty incredible to hear many voices singing in different languages, it really brings a sense of unity despite our cultural differences. We also did music ministry outside of the church. We put on a concert of original music, the Latvians call it “American rock and roll”, at a military base. We also shared testimonies and gave a couple hundred Latvian soldiers the opportunity to accept Christ to. Many of them came up to talk with us after the concert.
Several members of our team prepared a mime drama presenting the salvation message. This was a great tool because it gave us a platform to communicate despite the language barrier. We used this drama many many times throughout the week. The most responsive was on the busy streets of old
This was the whole purpose of our trip to