Out West

Trip Start Jun 04, 2010
Trip End Feb 08, 2011

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Jaris & Kristina's

Flag of Latvia  , Liepāja,
Friday, September 10, 2010

So we're here in Liepāja now, on the west coast of Latvia - Seems we are forever on the move!!

Liepāja is the third largest city in Latvia, known for it's arts, music and  beautiful beaches  -  full of old, beautiful wooden buildings, on an irregular patchwork of little cobbled streets.

We are really enjoying staying with a family over here...so nice to have that atmosphere...and they are incredibly wonderful hosts :)
Juris is a teacher and artist -- and Kristina does fashion design/dressmaking (mostly wedding dresses) and also an artist, training to be a teacher...so I'm being thoroughly inspired. They have two children and are (amongst all that) fully involved in YWAM ... so quite the crazy-crazy-busy scheduled lives ...or unscheduled...what can I say? They are artists ;)

Samuel is keeping really busy helping another YWAM couple around
their house, as well as helping  our hosts renovate their master bedroom. It's so cool!! Being
artists, as they are, they LOVE their colour and have splashed it around in the most creative ways. I am very inspired. :)

Funny, if I had been told I would be taking 4 classes each day for a week at a large college several months ago I would have freaked out...but I am actually really enjoying it. LoL, my first time in an actual class at a school and I am the one taking it - and in Latvia of all places.
So I am telling them all about NZ and our missions trip ;) while showing lot's of photos ... complete with a video clip of the All Blacks doing the Haka, which they all really love...or find very amusing is perhaps more what I should say. I got through the entire 500+ students and loved the opportunity to also talk a lot with the teachers between classes. What a great experience!
After only the second day in we had students calling out as we took a walk through the park to the beach or wandered the cobbled streets.

During our time here in Liepāja we got involved with the Salvation Army there: joining in their home-groups, sharing at the service on Sunday, teaching English twice during the week to a group of children -  enjoying the warmth of their friendship and once again blown away by the depths of their gratefulness.

We had the amazing experience of  exploring the ghost town of what used to be the main military base, Karosta, a fully self-sustaining secret Soviet military town. It was another world. Now a mass of abandoned buildings and infrastructure that has fallen into complete disrepair and ruin.

It's amazing that in every place we go and all the different people we talk to it is like another piece to the puzzle of what God has planned for us and the direction he is leading us in: either eliminating options, or re-kindling our old dreams, or inspiring us with new ideas.
All still a whirlwind of exactly how it all fits together...but exciting all the same...

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Gabrielle on

Really interesting what you have been doing guys, it's just so wonderful to see how the Lord has put the jigsaw together, and everywhere you have gone He has enabled you to be a blessing. What a privilege to be servants in the kingdom of God isn't it? xx

Jo Watts on

once again what an amazing blessing to share this all with you, Thankyou for all the effort! I love the photos and stories, and even more how God is revealing Himself and His ways and plans to you in every day. May that only increase. Be encouraged and Blessed!

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