What does "rock climbing" mean to you?
Your partnership with LLI has enabled others to learn how to use rock climbing in Jesus' Great Commission. Here is what Andrii from Ukraine wanted to share with our community.
It wasn’t just a rock. It wasn’t just a next step to ascending the face of a cliff. Participating in the Transform training allowed me to grasp a skill I longed to use in ministry. When I was little my older brother took me rock climbing and there the seed was sown that sparked my interest in the sport.
Then in the summer of 2018, that spark ignited and I was able to be mentored in developing skills to support others while they climbed. As I served in this role, God used the experience and the training to unlock new abilities to take this sport and understand how to use it as a ministry tool in discipling others.
How can you mentor and train others without the experience yourself? Here I was pushed to developing new levels of climbing and experienced what it was like to be on the sharp end of the rope when I ascended and knew one slip could send me falling only to be caught by my belayer who was securing me as I climbed. This is what I longed to do, to be in a position where I could support others as they journeyed in their faith in Jesus as they learned to climb the route God has set for their lives.
God taught me through this time that He wanted to use me as a part of His plan to unlock and open up new ministries in Ukraine. There was so much I brought back after sitting under this training with the LLI mentors.
Now, I am able to take others into God’s creation and to teach them biblical truth and to draw out so many parallels between the sport of rock climbing and God’s word. We help kids gain a solid foundation as they learn to depend on Jesus and develop a Christian culture based on values that we teach them through a 5 finger contract.
What started as a spark has developed into a passion for using this sport to teach others about our Rock, the One in whom we always can trust. My journey continues and I am continuing to learn to serve in Jesus’ Great Commission using these skills in rock climbing and other tools I learned while going through the training last summer. LLI gave me a great base from where to start and I look forward to seeing what God will continue to accomplish here in Ukraine for His glory.
To God be the glory!
In His Grip,
Please know, you have played a special role in the Scripture Union Latvia story and we are very thankful. Since LLI has partnered with us our Outdoor Camp Program has become a reality and we hope this video will be an encouragement to you.
Thank you for making it possible for trainers from LLI to come and serve our team of volunteers and staff. I still remember our first training where Zane joined us in Estonia as we were taught about team building in 2017.
Not only did God use the training for the team, but those 5 days changed the course of her life and she left convinced she was called to serve full-time in ministry through SU Latvia. Well, we took the next step and sent her on to LLI’s summer Transform Training in 2018 and saw her come back better equipped for her new role.
What has been a blessing for us is that the LLI team really steps alongside others. God had given us a vision to start an outdoor ministry for children in His creation, but we lacked tools to do this. Last year, your partnership made it possible for us to host the LLI Outdoor Ministry training at our campsite in Latvia.
Within a month after the training, a new ministry was launched called SAVA DABA. It is such a blessing that in partnership we were better prepared to begin this life-changing ministry and just recently celebrated its one-year anniversary! While you are watching the video below, may you also be encouraged and give thanks to God with us for this new ministry that is engaging children with God’s Big Story while they spend time in His creation.
Through Sava Daba our team helps children and young people from all over Latvia to discover our Heavenly Father, to learn about teamwork and understand Christian values as foundations of their lives.
This past spring, we were also able to send Zane and Richards, our newest team member, to Croatia to participate in a Discover Sports Ministry training. Not only did this training continue to inspire our young leaders, but Ricards felt it was there that God reignited his zeal for serving Jesus and depending on Him.
Please let me encourage you with one more result, this time from the LLI Courageous Peacemaking training which took place in Lithuania this October. Thirteen of our volunteers and staff went not knowing what to expect and they came back nurtured and really inspired to keep on going with the mission work through SU Latvia and Sava Daba.
It is such a blessing to see how God is raising up a whole new generation to develop the campsite and programs using His Creation that will reach others with God’s truth. What started as a seed of vision has become a reality and your partnership in developing young leaders, your prayers and support have all mattered.
Thank you for being a part of God’s story and His work through His kids serving with SU Latvia!
To God be the glory,