Shelby was still in high school when she first went to Latvia in 2012 to serve with Josiah Venture teaching English at a summer camp. Immediately, the youth at the camp, the beauty of the place, and the ministry of Josiah Venture captured her heart. She returned again for another short-term trip, as well as an extended summer internship where God called Shelby into full-time ministry serving in Latvia. She is eager to see God continue to love these youth relentlessly, and hopes to be back in Latvia in the fall of 2017. She will be focusing on learning the Latvian language, discipling young women, and helping to create a community of believers for college students in Rīga.