As believers, we are called to actively spread God’s words and love to make a positive difference in the world, whether it be our loved ones, or strangers from another country.

I didn’t know why God wanted me to go on a mission trip to a country far away called Latvia, but He had good reasons.

I was excited at the possibility of witnessing to sixty Vacation Bible School children and some of their parents, many of whom were unchurched. I went with those intentions in mind, but God revealed much more to me. Though Bible School, the precious children, the workers, and the parents were all a tremendous blessing, the most precious blessing I received was experiencing the love from our Latvian host family. God provided us with a family that we have adopted into our lives and formed an unbreakable bond. Edgars, Inga, and their children opened their hearts and home to strangers who became family. Inga and I text every day. I gave her an Open Windows Devotional Quarterly and she shared how much it touched her life situation on a particular day. We can read the same devotional every day and even though many miles apart, share what it means to each of us.

I left America for Latvia praying I could be a blessing, but the blessings I received far exceeded my expectations. I encourage everyone to pray concerning your possibility of a mission trip, and let God lead you. We all cried when we had to leave, but didn’t say goodbye—just —until later.

Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all peoples. 1 Chronicles 16:24

Nancy Smith
Church Member

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