RIGA, Latvia—With sparkling eyes, vibrant voices and energetic hearts, the Singing Churchwomen of Oklahoma (SCW) swept across Northern Europe June 1-9, proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to thousands of people in churches, concert halls, nursing homes, an orphanage, a Christian school and through the streets themselves.

The group, more than 100 strong, and accompanied by some 30 more traveling companions, visited numerous famous sites, many of them dating back more than 700 years, but as they did, they shared a timeless message: Jesus saves, and is the One, True way to Heaven.

One especially poignant morning involved some of the group visiting an orphanage in Jelgava, Latvia, an event which Peteris Progis, bishop of the Latvian Baptist Union, mentioned during the SCW’s farewell dinner June 7.

“Thank you for coming and for your involvement in Latvia,” Sprogis said. “It has been said if you want to save the whole world, save one orphan, because that will be the whole world to that one kid. Thank you to all of you who came as ambassadors from Oklahoma to Latvia.”

The Baptist Messenger will present full reports on the SCW trip to Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Sweden in the next weeks.