HISTORY OF VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
After starting the youth camp the principal of Talsi Christian School Inguna Gruznina realized that students of TCS grades 1-6 are „left behind” – students from 7th-12th grade can participate in the Youth camp and become leaders at The Orphan camps, but younger kids do not have an opportunity for a Christian camp during the summer. These kids mainly come from non Christian families. During a time of prayer God was choosing bro. Mike Heim and the family of Baptist Church of White Oak to organize the Vacation Bible School at Talsi Christian School during the summer of 2010
VBS leaves a long lasting impact on the relationships of students of TCS, because the elder students of TCS are the group leaders of VBS. Vacation Bible School 2015 - During the camp they develop friendships that last throughout the following school year. For the older students it is their responsibility to act as an example for the younger students during the school year and it really has worked!
PARTNERSHIP WITH TCS
The older students of Talsi Christian School are leaders in VBS along with American Christians. The Latvian Leaders are translators for all the activities lead by the US mission team.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Passport (review it to make sure you have plenty of blank pages (a minimum of 4-5 pages when traveling internationally with multiple stops). Also, verify the expiration date of your passport is six (6) months beyond the date of return to the United States]
Visa is NOT required for United States citizens traveling to Latvia, which is part of the European Union.
All mission trips are faith projects and everyone is expected to raise their own support.
Arrival airport is Riga, Latvia (RIX). The camp leadership team allows for flexibility in travel arrangements (booked individually, not through the team) to accommodate willing missionaries from all around the United States.
ACCOMODATIONS IN LATVIA
The camp is held in the TCS campus, however this is a day camp. Participants don’t spend the night. The mission team stays in the TCS hotel on the 2nd floor. Breakfast and snacks are provided on site, the team usually eats dinner at one of the local Talsi cafes or restaurants. When traveling to Riga, hotel rooms are booked for the mission team.
HOW TO JOIN
Contact Mike Heim from White Oak Baptist Church of White Oak, Texas.
Camp leadership is flexible and will help you arrange travel from placed other than East Texas