On Saturday, August 20th, an eight-member mission team from Faith Lutheran Church in Shumway, Illinois, arrived in Riga, Latvia’s capital, to assist Lutheran Hour Ministries-Latvia. The team contributed toward building a storage shed for the ministry and helping organize and conduct this summer’s PandaMania Vacation Bible School.
On Sunday the team attended Bolderajas Lutheran Church and participated in the service. Pastor Didzis Stilve welcomed everybody and Pastor Michel Mohr surprised the Latvian congregation with his greetings in Russian, German and Latvian. Following the service, coffee and snacks were provided by ladies from the church, while the visitors showed pictures of their families and life back in the U.S. Midwest.
Throughout the week the Illinois team rendered valuable service to LHM-Latvia. Learning about the VBS themes of “God made you,” “God gives good gifts” and “God loves you no matter what,” more than 50 kids came and heard the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ and how God is in control of the world. Along the way they sang some new songs, practiced some original dance moves and worked with wooden dolls.
On Friday to close out the week, everybody had some fun—American style—complete with grilled hot dogs. On Saturday and Sunday the Illinois mission team traveled to areas outside of Riga and took in some local sites and cultural flavor.
The staff and volunteers of LHM-Latvia were delighted to have the Illinois mission team from Faith lend a helping hand, showing the power of Christians helping Christians around the world. In Latvia, LHM-Latvia is known locally as Lutheran Hour Mission. It utilizes Bible Correspondence Courses and Equipping the Saints in its outreach to children and adults in this small, northern European country of about 2.2 million people.