We arrived in Smiltene in the early hours of Saturday morning where we were picked up at the airport by an Englishman called Harry, he was a lovely man with a big heart. We had breakfast together and then we got to business. Mike went through with us some of the Latvia’s history and some relevant information to get an overview of the country and then concentrating on Smiltene. We then fired up arrows to heavenly realms, praying specifically for key issues concerning the nation and the town. It is great to pray with people you have not prayed with before!
Then the plan was to prayer walk the town as a team before we met with David and Ilze, but the time went. Although, as we were travelling to meet the guys we did pause at places to pray where we sensed God was highlighting to us. One in particular was this café located in the town centre called ‘Pauze’ where we sensed this to be an evangelism hotspot and a place of reconciliation for the people of Smiltene.
We arrived at David and Ilze’s house and there we also met a lovely lady who is a part of the core team. They gave us a run through of what is happening with the Church plant, learning about the advancements and hardships. It was great to stand with them in prayer as we are members of one another. Their hospitality was excellent and they made us feel at home.
On Sunday morning after a short prayer meeting, we attended the Sunday morning church service where we had the privilege of worshipping together.
We witnessed God’s Spirit at work in the different members of the church (both Latvian members and our English team). Gifts of knowledge, song, tongues and (most of all) salvation. Than morning we celebrated and welcomed a new sister into God’s family.
After the service we were wished a warm goodbye by the church members and leaders and were safely on our way back to England. I was moved by the smiles and open arms of everyone here and have a new understanding of their prayer needs.