God told us that last week would be a big week for us on our outreach here in Latvia – but boy did we underestimate that! With around 350 others from 32 countries, we headed to Jelgava,
a city of 60,000 people characterised by poverty, but so ready for the harvest.
At the beginning of the week, we spent a lot of time sorting through the donations that YWAM Latvia had received to give out to the people of Jelgava – we went through clothes, shoes, blankets, toys, and food to prepare a secondhand shop for people to come pick out things that they needed while also providing many families with a bag full of food. As a team, we knew that God wanted to move in big ways during this outreach, but we had no idea just how much fruit would come as a result of providing for people’s basic needs.
Part of the week’s duties included visiting the homes of some of the more impoverished people in the city in order to bring them food, prayer, and simply to spend time getting to know them. On one house visit, I went with two other girls to the home of a woman in her fifties who had come from an orthodox background in the church. We spent part of the afternoon getting to know her and learning about her husband, sons, daughter-in-law, and grandchild. She shared with us that although she believed that God exists and that Jesus died for her, she had never accepted Christ, pursuing a personal relationship with Him. After praying with the woman for a time,
we asked if she would like to accept Jesus into her heart and life and she eagerly said, “Yes!”
So with little doubt in her mind, the woman cried out to Jesus, asking Him to live within her and be in a personal relationship with her. It was a beautiful moment of welcoming another sister into the family of Christ when this woman made the decision to pursue her Saviour.
Although this is an amazing story of how God captured one woman’s heart, this is just one of many stories from throughout the week.
In just six days, over 250 people welcomed Christ into their lives
and joined a new family – a family changed by the radical love of our Father in Heaven.
As a team, we saw so much fruit from this one week and we know that through being open-handed and available, God chose to use the group of 350 people to impact lives in ways that we could never truly comprehend. What a blessing it was to partner with God on a mission so big in the city of Jelgava.
By Rachel Miller
Compassion DTS Student