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Friday Evening and Saturday

Things have really accelerated and so much has happened it is hard to know where to begin. First of all let me update you on the rest of Friday. Simon safely arrived after he and Dan got lost on the way back from Riga. In fact, they got lost after two minutes. It seems travel throughout this trip has been the biggest challenge!

Back at base camp we had a youth evening led brilliantly by Monica and Joy. We had the chance to pray with many of the youth. However, it was not until Sunday evening that we saw real break through with these guys (details later in blog).

Saturday – Treasure hunting hits Madona!

Due to very little time left to blog what follows is a very brief summary of events as so much has gone on.

The team eventually travelled over to Madona (another story in itself). We had teams of four with a Latvian / English mix. Here are some of the highlights from the hour on the street.

Kirstie / Anna  / Dave and Robert (NFI plant in Latvia)

Clues that matched

Pinnafore dress / Chimney / Lion / Traffic Lights / Denim

They saw three teenage girls walking near the bank that had a lion in it’s logo. In the background there were two distinct chimneys and they were standing by traffic lights. One of the girls had a denim pinafore. Anna and Kirstie approached and explained why they had picked them out. They asked them if any of the other clues made any sense; which they didn’t. However, she did want prayer for emotional healing. While they were praying Anna sensed that the emotional issues were to do with her family and being let down. This led to tears and the lady was clearly impacted by God. They asked her what she thought about being picked out and what she felt about Jesus. She said that she loved Jesus and that she went to the Lutheran church. They encouraged her and left her with some literature.

Rasma

Rasma is a very sweet  lady who had served us lunch even though she would rather have wanted to be out treasure hunting. During lunch she fell over and hurt her ankle. She already had other injuries and she felt some of the clues on one of the maps fitted her and asked for prayer. Mark and John prayed and she was healed from her neck and back that day and her ankle had fully recovered by the following morning!

At the end of the day some people stayed with families in Madona while the lightweights came back and had a camp fire, lots of laughter and a sauna to top the day off!

Sunday morning

On Sunday the team went to a morning service in Madona and evening youth service in Ergli. This was a service not quite like any they have had before.

Simon preached on the Kingdom coming through tribulation followed by bringing some of the team up to do prophetic ministry. This led to many of the congregation being prayed for. What follows is some of the many highlights:

Old Woman called Anna (in an honouring sense)

An old woman called Anna was prayed for by Anna Heasman. Her knee pain that she has had for many years was completely healed. She also had numbness in her thigh that improved during the prayer.

Oscar

Mel had a prophetic word for a young guy called Oscar about being distracted with a certain relationship. He was amazed with how accurate the word was and was not only challenged by the word, but hungry to learn how to develop the gift of prophecy. So Mel, being an activator, got him to practise straight away! He immediately got something, which really encouraged him.

Mechanic Man

Anna also had prophetic word for man and saw him in a boiler suit and a spanner in his hand. She asked him if he was a mechanic and whether he liked to see things worked out intricately. Anna felt God was saying that he was too big to be worked out and it wasn’t what he knew in his head, but what he knew in his heart. It was his first time to church and no-one knew him, but later found out that he was in fact a mechanic!

Sunday evening

In the evening the team went over to Ergli for a youth meeting. The service started with worship before Anna, Rob and Monica shared how lives had been impacted in Bedford through treasure hunting and hearing the prophetic.

Simon then preached a shortened version from the morning service and gave teaching on how to pray for the sick. Then he asked if anyone had any ailments and people gathered around them. The team saw a throat, necks, back and knees healed. Below are some of the highlights.

Agrita

Joy prayed for Agrita. She explained that she had arthritis and that she was pain even when standing there to receive prayer. Prayed a simple prayer, “be healed in the name of Jesus Christ” and prayed for every bone in the body that Joy could remember across neck, arms, ankles, backs, legs in general and joints. First of all nothing happened. Prayed a second time and she said “this is really funny, I don’t have pain in my knees any more.” Went on and shared that in the meeting. Later in the evening when Joy asked how her knees were, Joy also asked if it was just the knees. She explained that she had pain in all her body, but it had now all disappeared. Joy then overheard heard her having a conversation with someone else who asked her are you going to come on the adventure camp next year? She said “YES!” and she was really excited about doing that. She said that the last time that Marvin had asked her there was no way as she had pain just walking to school.

Calle

Calle is a Swedish man who came to Bedford last weekend to treasure hunt. He has been in Latvia involved in missionary work for many years. In Sweden he used to be a construction worker. While at work 12 years ago he fell down a 25 metre lift shaft which the doctor said he should not of survived. He broke his neck and had it in a metal brace for many months. Since then he has been in constant pain in his back and neck. Nick and Rob prayed for him during the meeting and he felt heat in his back. At the end of the meeting Rob and Simon prayed for him and after a few minutes all the pain left him amidst laughter and crying.

Richard, Mel and Kat prayed alongside a Latvian who had asked for prayer. The guys explained to the Latvian how to pray for her friend and let her pray. To her amazement she was instantly healed! The exciting thing is that the Latvians are starting to realise that it is nothing special about the team, but the power of God can and does move through anybody.

Next one could not leave Latvia without a Fire Tunnel! Katie was particularly impacted, after initially being sceptical! She even ended up going through twice!! Her son Jonathon gave his life to the Lord after going through the tunnel.

The youth then came back to base camp where we all shared stories from the trip, hot dogs (Latvian style) and played silly games into the night.

This leads us to the end of our blog which, although as reliable as the Post Office has been this last month, hopefully has encouraged you all. See you soon and please read the last paragraph from Dan who helps lead the mission here with Dustin.

Dan feeding back

“You have been a fantastic team. How do you put a team together like this? Yesterday I was watching how people react to your ministry. You are such a professional team and should go around and do this all the time. There are so many churches in Eastern Europe that would benefit. Anyway, it has been a huge blessing. To really encourage you guys you do have a very special gifting to encourage.”

Physical work complete!

Friday was the beginning of the chipping. What the heck is that you might ask? Well just imagine Nick and John in their complete element. So we have a tractor, a wood chipper (it chips wood) and a chainsaw. Mel and Sarah Oliver had the chance to bomb around in the Chevy truck!

Beth, Monica, Rory and Joy went over to the nursing home and had a fun hour with 4 very old ladies who have seen so much. A couple of them were in their late 90s so you can imagine they have witnessed, two world wars, the invasion of Russia, then Germany, then Russia and then independence! We worshipped with them and then prayed and prophesied over each of them which was, at times, very emotional.

Back at base camp the team set out to finish project Charlie and moving the wood chips over for the base. Over at project Delta (path) no more concrete was put in the wrong place and it was amazingly finished by lunchtime thanks to hard work by Phil, Mark, Kat and John (who is everywhere at once).

This afternoon the men and Paula worked on finishing project Charlie and the ladies headed off to the Wookie trees. They shamed the men with no fear and even a bit of dancing in the rooftops.

This evening we have between 30 to 50 teenagers descending on the camp. Please pray for strength, coolness (without the help of the lake) and loads of opportunities to pray, prophecy and love them.

Finally it would be wrong of us not to mention Mel is 65 today, 21, no I mean 30 something! Her highlight so far has been the morning serenade by croaky women and using a chain saw (that’s not a typo and Nigel she is fine and has all her limbs, at the moment).

Pray Points

  • Safe travel fo

    r Simon – he is due to arrive late this evening.

  • A huge impact on the teenagers this evening and Monica as she leads the work.
  • Refreshing for the team as the physical tools are put down and the spiritual ones are now picked up for the weekend. Especially for miracles on the streets tomorrow and boldness!

Thanks for all your comments, we are feeling very encouraged and covered by you all!!

The afternoon went well as we continued with project Charlie, or the Twin Towers as we now fondly call them. The path is shaping up and should be finished on Friday (although, not to mention names one individual dropped the concrete in the wrong location).

In the evening the ladies went to a bible study. Joy ended up driving one of the cars and managed to miraculously get everyone there in one piece (remember she only drives a scooter and we are still not sure if she has a driving license!).

The original plan was to have it at the hairdressers, but it had to be moved to the church due to 30 ladies attending (normally 10 to 12 pitch up). Monica, Kirstie and Paula shared fantastic testimonies that clearly touched at least half of the ladies there.

Anna then gave a short talk on the prophetic and divided half the ladies up with one group (not Christians and those touched by the testimonies) and a second group who wanted to learn about applying the prophetic. Everyone who was prayed for was very touched and one lady who had a bad shoulder felt heat, but is still waiting for a full recovery.

Those wanting to push out in the prophetic (Latvian ladies) had the chance to try it on each other and had some incredible words and pictures that really empowered and encouraged them.

Meanwhile the men started by testing God’s provision up the wookie tree house. Rory had no need for the ladder as he just stepped up to the canopy. Richard followed, overcoming his fear of vertigo (check his face on the photo). Phil just made it look easy! The zip wire was, well just another experience altogether.  A vertical drop for the first few metres before a sharp kick across the valley of death.

Trying to recover our manhood we crossed to the sauna, naked (no photos shown as paparazzi were banned). Lots of sweat followed by a lemming line across the pontoon into the freezing lake. Then just in case you thought you had made it being a man it was back into the sauna and so it went on – forever……….

Finally we got together (not literally), dressed, and had a chance to pray for Dimitri. He is a born leader and we had the opportunity to encourage and prophecy over him. Next was a local Latvian who has recently finished an Alpha course and is very close to giving his life to God. John had a fantastic picture, even to his own surprise (his first ever step into the prophetic – praise God!) and Nick Heasman shared the interpretation.

Time was marching on, but we had the chance to bless Marvin who works on the camp and is coming to the end of a two-year placement. He is a remarkably laid back guy with a very disarming smile. His neck has been hurting for the last three months so we prayed for healing. No break through yet, so please lift him in your prayers as it would be great to bless him after all his service here.

Everyone then stumbled into their beds, around midnight.

The work begins!

After a lazy breakfast we had a chance to start the day a little better than yesterday; with prayer! We then set to work on the two construction projects, while a third team went to the old age home to share the gospel and prayer wherever the opportunity arose.

Project one (let’s call it Charlie) is the construction of two play towers that will include swings, a slide and sand pit. Nick wisely put the ladies in charge of the instructions and working out the length of the planks (as men tend to just get on with it and work out what went wrong afterwards). Rob and Rory then set to sawing the planks while Dustin (lead pastor and walking MacGyver – if you ever watched that show) deciphered the layout.

Project two (Delta) involves laying a path down with stones and concrete. So a few guys set off with the pick up to load up with sand and concrete while Richard, Mark and Nick got cracking on with setting the rocks etc.

Anna, Paula and Joy headed off to the nursing home, along with the tracts from KA. Excitingly they had the chance to pray for a couple of the elderly. Most notably they spent some time with a lady who struggled to talk clearly as a result of a stroke. After praying with her she soon started to hold a conversation with them. The icing on the cake was that she also looked at her arm, in great surprise, and said I can twist it! We will update you with further details after the next couple of visits. Please pray that this is just the start and that the staff will also be impacted!

By lunchtime project Charlie was going well. As you can see from the photos, the first tower from Charlie is taking shape and after some set backs (tower two kit is missing all screws etc) it looks like we will be able to finish it before we leave. Delta is moving along even faster and may even be complete by tomorrow.

This afternoon we hope to even make time for the high ropes, I mean tower of Babel height ropes, and if we all survive the death drop wire (which Dustin unhelpfully let us know was probably more scary than a bungee jump) we will make the sauna tonight!

Four more have gone back to the old age home and project Delta is entering the concrete mixing stage. More soon – due to the tight schedule you may not get an update until late this evening or first thing tomorrow. That’s not totally honest, may just be enjoying the sauna too much after a hard days work!

Prayer points

  • Rob’s shoulder may have been healed this morning – he needs to test it out during the day. Pray that it has and that it holds up to his Sonic the hedgehog speed sawing.
  • The team in the old age home this afternoon – for more miracles.
  • Rory’s back, lower disks are slightly inflamed and is surviving on painkillers and prayer.
  • That the weather holds out. We have had all seasons in one morning so far.

    Day of Days

    Well we have arrived, just! The day started by meeting at the Fox and Hound at 2:30am and all started well – as well as can be at such a ridiculous hour. The fun started with, not wanting to give the name away, Oli……. were running out of fuel 25 miles before Stansted. Nick and Anna meanwhile decided to switch off their sat nav, and their sense of direction as we drove straight under the M11! After a few frantic calls from the convoy we completed a U turn and huffed and puffed the Oli…… car into the garage. You might think all was well, but little did we know.

    The Oli….. car was filled up and off we went for the last 5 miles to the airport. To be more exact, four cars went on to the airport and the Oli….. spluttered about 20 metres before dying in great pain and anguish. Cat piped up, “petrol or diesel Mr Oli…..???” You can guess what had happened. Quick call to RAC, but we did not have enough time to move the car to the Long Stay car park. So Nick and Rory shot back, well Rory overshot onto the M11 (that is another story).

    Meanwhile the main party were checking in and filing through security. Over at the Oli…. car the decision was made to leave it at the Premier Inn (if anyone is up for sorting that out, just let us know!) Oli… car occupants went on to the Long Stay car park with Nick and Rory before catching the slow bus back to where we had hoped to be an hour before! As you can imagine the story could go on so to cut it short. Jumped queue, checked in, ran like Forest Gump and made the gate with 4 mins to spare.

    Met the team in Riga, ate lunch including the best potatoes in Latvia under the largest stork nest in Europe (check photo). Just when it looked like things were coming together and going to plan the next car broke down, on a dirt road, thankfully 5 miles short of destination.

    However, after being rescued again we arrived at the site that would make Centre Parks look like Butlins. Things started to look up. But, alas John and Mark decided to take the Kayaks out on the lake. On the third stroke, the bell did not ring, but John went over a bit like a B movie in slow motion. The rest of the team, rather than diving in like Bay Watch, just laughed (still working on team building!).

    The opportunity to pray for a healing came up very quickly with Dan and Katie’s son Jonathan who has been suffering from a bad back. Katie had highlighted to him that the ‘English’ team were arriving and they would pray and probably see a healing. NO PRESSURE! So after meeting him we got a few of the team to pray and he has not felt any pain since! However, we will update you tomorrow before wanting to confirm the first miracle of the trip!! Praise God – the car break down, M11 detour, sweaty run to the gate, car break etc and a soggy John is all worth it!!

    In the evening we had a chance to Worship and discuss the plans ahead. Thanks for praying, clearly please pray more as this too much for just one day!!!! We have been shown the high ropes that we may get to on Friday. Very hard to describe unless you have seen Star Wars and the Wookies tree houses. Working on bringing people back to life as we need it! More tomorrow!!!

    Prayer

    • Joking aside please pray for health and safety of the group.
    • Good weather for the construction and that the team can move things forward quickly.
    • For the members going out to the Nursing Home and that God will break in.

    Well God has been good to the team already. You may remember Phil was waiting for his passport to come back. In the end he went down to London and told them he was on a mission for God and hey presto his passport suddenly appeared. Well, the first bit is true. He went to London and they found it straight away. So the great news is Phil is able to come along.

    Talking about passports, Mel suddenly lost hers today, but again after much house hunting it was found. So all being well we each have a passport ready (but going on recent events cover  it with a quick prayer!)

    John’s mum is well enough for him to leave her in the care of friends so we have a full team all fired up and ready to go.

    Come back soon for the latest news!

    Prayer Pointers

    • Mark Sweet was mugged on Sunday and had his money and mobile stolen. Understandably he is a bit shaken up by the experience, so keep him in your thoughts and that God’s peace is on him.
    • Wisdom for the trip leaders Nick and Anna Heasman and supporting leaders Mark Sweet and Kirsty Lincoln.
    • That each member of the team stays well and comes back with increased faith and confidence.
    • For the two Latvia churches to be encouraged, challenged and stronger as a result of the trip.
    • Capacity and safe travel for Simon Holley as he prepares to travel out this weekend to talk at the Latvia churches.
    • Safe travel for the team – especially for the drivers to stay awake tomorrow morning!
    • More to follow – need to go to bed as up at 2am!

    Latvia Itinerary

    Here is the itinerary – we would appreciate prayer cover by one and all! Especially for the treasure hunting!

    King’s Arms Latvia Trip 2009

    Wednesday 16th September 2009

    02:30

    Leave Bedford in taxi’s to get to Stansted airport. Flight departs 06:05

    10:40

    Arrive in Riga, start journey to Ergli

    12:30

    Lunch in Leriki on the way to Ergli

    15:00

    Arrive at Ergla Sparni camp. Settle in, explore ropes course/boating etc

    17:00

    Orientation meeting

    18:30

    Dinner

    19:30

    Worship

    21:30

    Free time/bedtime

    Thursday 17th September 2009

    08:00

    Breakfast

    08:30

    Devotional time

    09:00

    10 of team to start work on children’s playground

    4 of team to visit nursing home

    Rest of team to build sheep fence and do cobble stone path work

    12:30

    Lunch

    13:00

    10 of team to start work on children’s playground

    4 of team to visit nursing home

    Rest of team to build sheep fence and do cobble stone path work

    17:00

    Freshen up

    17:30

    Supper

    18:00

    Men – bible study and sauna at Ergli Sparni

    Ladies – bible study, testimonies & prayer  time at hairdressers in Madona

    22:00

    Free time/bedtime

    Friday 18th September 2009

    08:00

    Breakfast

    08:30

    Devotional time

    09:00

    10 of team to start work on children’s playground

    4 of team to visit nursing home

    Rest of team to build sheep fence and do cobble stone path work

    12:30

    Lunch

    13:00

    10 of team to start work on children’s playground

    4 of team to visit nursing home

    Rest of team to build sheep fence and do cobble stone path work

    17:00

    Freshen up

    17:30

    Supper

    18:00

    Worship leaders – planning & encouragement time with Latvian worship leaders

    Rest of team – Madona Youth & orphanage kids meeting at Ergli Sparni

    22:00

    Free time/bedtime

    Saturday 19th September 2009

    08:00

    Breakfast

    08:30

    Travel to Madona for Treasure Hunting

    10:00

    Treasure hunting training & worship

    11:30

    Hit the streets – Madona!

    13:00

    Lunch at Skaidrite’s house (across the road from church)

    13:30

    Testimonies from morning treasure hunting

    14:30

    Hit the streets – Madona!

    16:00

    More testimonies & worship

    17:00

    TBC – going to visit families/couples in Madona for dinner & maybe spend the night

    Sunday 20th September 2009

    08:30

    Breakfast

    09:00

    Travel to Madona for morning service

    11:30

    Madona church service (Simon preaching, worship team leading worship)

    13:00

    Lunch in Madona cafes

    14:00

    Back to Ergli (free time)

    18:00

    Ergli church service (Simon preaching, worship team leading worship)

    19:30

    Ergli youth meeting at Ergli Sparni: bbq, games, prayer & prophecy

    Monday 21st September 2009

    09:00

    Breakfast

    09:30

    Debrief & worship

    11:00

    Depart for Riga – sightseeing in Riga

    22:20

    Fly back to UK