Orphan’s Heart has returned to Latvia for the second year to host two weeks of kid’s camp! We will have 20 children each week from two regions of the country. The kids are selected to attend by social workers and most are from rather needy families. The camp is intended to be an exciting experiential week for the children. For many of them, this is the first time they have traveled outside of their hometown or spent the night away. For some, it is also the first time they will hear about Jesus! Our days will be filled with songs, dancing, crafts, games, paddleboats, campfires, Bible stories, and surprises! It is our goal to share Jesus’ light, love, and joy with these children.
The Orphan’s Heart Latvian partnership began from the desire of an adopted Latvian-American to go back and help the children of her home country. That girl, along with a friend also adopted from Latvia are serving on our team this week! It is exciting to see their ability to connect so easily with the children we are here to serve. As the first group of children arrived at the camp, the team shared, “we have Good News to tell you!” Fortunately, the Latvian-Americans still speak excellent Latvian!
The country of Latvia has a difficult past. It was ruled by all sorts of foreign powers before it declared independence after WWI. It then fell under Soviet, then Nazi, then Soviet rule until it once again declared independence in 1991. In 2004, Latvia joined the European Union and the economy has experienced rapid growth. Even with this growth, the country continues to face many social challenges. Some of the most notable affecting children are alcohol and drug abuse, child trafficking, high rates of suicide, and spiritual apathy.
- Pray that we will be able to connect in a meaningful way with these children and that they will understand why we have come- to share the Good News of Jesus.
- Pray that we will have good health and energy for two weeks of camp.
- Pray that these children will have loving, safe, healthy home environments to return to.