Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Latvia Update: Fusion Continues

Ivandes Manor, our Fusion camp home

Americans and Latvians traveling together

Whitney Buchanan, preaching it up
Have you ever seen the TV show Glee? It's about a high school glee club filled with a myriad of teenage stereotypes who find a sense of belonging in their club of misfits. While I have a fairly strong distaste for Glee (no offense to you Glee fans reading this. The musical numbers are genuinely interesting, but the characters and stories...well... genuinely aren't), I must (happily) admit that our Latvian Fusion camp experience has bit of Glee in its DNA.

The camp has been underway for a few days, and through numerous choir practices, instrument workshops, and individual practice, we're sounding quite good as a whole. The song selection is a mixture of American pop, traditional Latvian, and contemporary worship songs. I'm currently refreshing my drumming chops so that I can adequately play a Paramore song. Everyone is genuinely have a blast learning their parts and making music together.

But the music isn't the point. Our volunteer leader, Nate Curtisi, reminded the whole team this morning of Jesus's words in John 4 when he declared to His disciples that "my food is to do the will of Him who sent me, and to finish His work." Last night, Dylan Vickman shared this random verse that popped up on his iPhone's Bible app the other morning. It was Joshua 9:9:

They answered: “Your servants have come from a very distant country because of the fame of the Lord your God.

We are here to do God's work, to make disciples, sharing the good news in everything we are. In everything we do, we're trying to live out the Gospel of Jesus. Pray that we would be good conduits for this message, and that the Latvian students would clearly know the God who loves them.

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