Friday 27 June 2014

Short Term Team Training in Latvia

When short term teams arrive to do a camp with Josiah Venture there is typically a day or two of training for them. The majority of our teams come from America and this also gives them a couple of days to get over jet lag before camp starts. 

But, more importantly, it gives us time to talk about the culture of the country, what will happen at camp, and how to share the Gospel and testimonies. There is also time for worship and devotions. 

This is David and he leads the camp ministry in Latvia. He started the day with a devotion and then shared the story of Josiah Venture, our mission and vision and the values of our camp ministry.  

One of the things that has given me the most joy is to see our wonderful interns, both Americans and Latvians, being part of the training as they talked about roles at camp, the history of Latvia, the discipleship continuum and about the culture. 

These are five of the six interns serving in Latvia this summer. They had some free time and so I was able to take them out for some really good doughnuts and coffee. 

It was so good to catch up with them, find out how their summer is going, and how to be praying for them as they go into camp. 

I'll be at short term team training until it ends around 3 today and then I'll be driving alone to Tartu in Estonia because their short term team training is tomorrow. 

This week Latvia has two camps - one is a Fusion camp which the American team is serving at, and the other is a day camp where the interns will be serving. I'm hoping to visit the day camp next week. 

I'm so excited to see what God does in Latvia this summer! 

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