International Update, 2008
O.A.C. Latvija continues to be pioneered with two highlights from the summer months including a training course in Evangelism & Creative Communication. This 12-hour course was run in the Riga International Bible Institute and open to all Christians. We had about 20 people from a good cross section of denominations, some of whom are now interested in more advanced training courses.
We also had Open Air Evangelism Missions (see photo). In conjunction with the Riga Festival, we ran a series of open air meetings using sketch board and gospel magic. Preaching were Stuart Burnside (O.A.C. Latvija director), Geoff Beckingham and Pete Hodge (O.A.C. G.B.), and the team consisting of Latvian Christians, many of whom were first timers. Over the 11 meetings we averaged about 50 people stopping each time, many taking leaflets, and a good number of in-depth, one-to-one conversations.
Also we had outreaches to Families/Orphanages (see photo). A team of volunteers has now completed their first six months of training and practical evangelism experience, culminating in the summer with an all-day, open air outreach in partnership with others. The whole team has developed their gifts and are excited about the openings for outreach over the coming year.