SUMMER UPDATE

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SUMMER UPDATE

This Summer kicked off with a retreat for our community group. We invited some friends out, enjoyed nature, and had the opportunity to sit around a fire, while talking about the deeper things of life, God, and everything else under the sun.  

Over the Summer our church has a series of open house BBQ's, and we kicked it off this year in our backyard with a 4th of July celebration, with a good combination of burgers, beer, and fireworks . It was interesting celebrating the American Independence Day in the Czech Republic, but it was a good excuse to have people over and introduce new people to the Metro community.  

We also had a few outreach camps throughout July and August. The first was a family camp that took place in our backyard. The theme this year was on Fairy Tales, where we had different events for the kids and parents, and we ended the camp at an old Fort to have a Metro gathering. The most recent one was an English camp for families, where Lisa and I led different small groups for English lessons, and we even got to share our story and the Gospel on a panel discussion during the evening program.  The short term mission group from Grace Evangelical church in Memphis, TN was a highlight for us as well. They have been coming to this camp for the last couple years, and they are always a big encouragement to us. 

Metro kids showing off their scavenger hunt papers. 

We introduced our friends to pumpkin pancakes. 

Dan had the privilege of preaching on unity in the Gospel from Ephesians 2:11-22.

The group at the Family English camp a horse riding for kids. They weren't disappointed.

We had to light off the fireworks a little early for the families (it doesn't get dark here until around 10-1030 during the summer) 

4th of July BBQ in the Czech Republic. Anything is a good excuse for a BBQ around here. 

Face painting at Metro Family Camp

It got a little hot this year, but the family camp was a great time and we got to meet a number of new families this year.  

We went to meet a potential church planting family in Kroměřiž, and ran into a conference with Steve Lawson. 

Every other year Pioneers gathers our little side of Europe together for an area conference.  This was a really sweet time of encouraging and connecting with the wider Pioneers family. While the majority of our time is spent in our city in the Czech Republic, we also have a wider role to play as missionaries of the Pioneers organization, and we realized very quickly that our struggles and joys here are not unique to our situation as cross cultural church planters. 
There was also a team from the U.S. that came out to serve our kids, and they had an amazing time connecting with other Missionary Kids and spending time learning about their role in God's big plan. 

The MKs hit it off as best friends the moment they get out of the car

Our pocket of Pioneers Missionaries on this side of Europe got together for our area retreat. 

The Czech team got to have some quality time together too :-) 

Praying for our Pioneers families around Europe.

It's been a very busy Summer, and yet along the way we were greeted with a series of visits that wound up feeling like a cold glass of water for a long distance run.  In June Dan's mom and stepdad came out to visit, which was fun watching them experience European culture for the first time, but also watching them spend time with the kiddos. One thing we do miss here is having grandparents around. We've never lived near our parents since we got married, but we seen how big a help they are, and they're already missed.  Immediately after we dropped them off in Vienna, our friend Tiffany came out to spend the week with us. And she was a huge encouragement as well.  Hearing her stories of her recent trip to Romania gave us a better view of that part of Europe.

And the most recent of visits was by a small group from our Bridgeway family in OKC.  They were able to hit two birds with one stone, since the Fergusons had a conference to attend in CZ close to us, and Stacy came along to help them with their kids.  The Fergusons came out during our first month of being here to help out with a camp in Brno, and today they are planning to become missionaries in Hamberg, Germany.   

Having the Ferguson's and Stacy here was an huge blessing to us.  

Vienna has some interesting architecture. The whole city is an experience. 

Lisa and Stacy

Dan's mom and step dad had their first taste of Europe in June.  It was sweet having them here, and we all really enjoyed our time with them. 

We got to spend a week with our good friend Tiffany! 

Praying over our city on top of St. Moritz cathedral. 

As of now, we're planning to begin the next season with the kids going back to school in September.  So, there's a lot of preparation and walking the kids through what they will be going through. The nice thing this year is that Addey and Andrew will be in the same school with their classes directly across from each other.  It has been a slow progress of language learning for the kids, but they have always grown more significantly in that area with Czech school. It is hard still, knowing that homeschooling isn't a good option (at least not until they are fluent), but we are learning more about the culture and our city through the school system.  

Speaking of language, Lisa and I are now preparing for the A2 test sometime this Winter. This is the test to measure whether we are ready for the next level of language acquisition.  So, this means we will be working with our tutor more frequently and will be planning much of the Fall season around making sure this takes a higher priority.  We are well settled here as a family, but there is a part of the experience that can only get better with a stronger grasp of the language. We're praying the hard work pays off more as we enter into this next season.  

The girls received their diploma for the year of ballet. 

Addey has been very eager to have a Bible of her own, so she received her first Bible this month.  

The kids going on a field trip. 

Watching the main bridge that connects our part of town to the city center get demolished. We've been told it won't be back up until sometime in May or June. 

Nora lost her first tooth!

Celebrating Andrew's 7th birthday. This is making us feel wonderfully old. 

Andrew and his friend Martin buying zmrzlina (ice cream) on their own.  

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Spring Update 2018

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Spring Update 2018

After nearly two years here (we're about to reach 22 months), we can confidently say that this is home. The 2 year itch is a common thing for missionaries, and the question of whether we're going to stay has reached us a number of times, but the vision for being here extends beyond a few years of sharing Christ.  It has been one of the busiest two years of our lives, but this is a long term work toward Gospel Centered churches being planted in our city. I heard a pastor of one of the few Protestant churches say that Olomouc is reached, because of the number of churches that already exist here. But while there are a number of beautiful historic cathedrals, this city, the buildings, and the people are dry with regard to understanding and desiring God in the Gospel. There was a recent article by the Guardian that presented recent polling on the religious state of Europe, and Czech Republic has only gotten worse.  While the country as a whole is 70% non-religious, it is a much higher number with the youth (sitting at about 91%). You can read more about that by Clicking HERE

Over the season leading up to Easter our church network had a time of prayer and fasting. We want to see people come to know Jesus in our dry land.  And through that, it means seeing healthy churches coming to life by the work of the Holy Spirit. What the culture celebrates here is much like the U.S. version of the Easter holiday, only with an added number of traditions that stem from pagan roots. And we're learning a lot more about the ins and outs of these traditions through our relationship with the kid's schools. Even though the non-religious population is the highest in Europe, the traditions here tend to be incredibly religious and superstitious in nature. And that is a balancing act in regard to what we engage in as a family. There are traditions that we can easily adopt, while others (like witch burning day) are not so easy. Though, they can make for interesting springboard conversations to the Gospel.     

Addey and Nora dressing up as princesses for a special event at their school.  

The Czech Easter tradition of whipping girls with switches to purify them and give them good luck.  We had a boy come to our door at 6am wanting to do this to Nora and Addey.....A bit awkward.  

This is an Easter Bunny Meat Snack of some sort.  

Calvin at the park.  

Nora and her teacher. She has been one of the sweetest to our family, and we truly appreciate her being there for Andrew and Nora.  

One of Addey's teachers dressed in an old fashioned Czech dress, as she taught the students. 

Our family is doing well overall here.  The language process is still an uphill battle, but we're seeing progress.  Especially for the kids. Since we started putting our kids in national school, Lisa and I have watched them struggle, cry, and lament their way through the unknown.  But over the last few months we've seen them loosen up quite a bit with regard to their schools and we've even heard them speaking Czech to each other while they play!

So now, Adelyn will be finishing 1st grade to move on to second, Andrew will be moving on to 1st grade, and Nora will be in Kindergarten (Školka). We're proud to see them acclimating to their new world. 

The kids getting ready for a ride on the Tram.  

Addey had her first big birthday party, where she got to invite a bunch of her friends from school.  This made for an interesting day of watching over kids who don't fully understand us.  

The Birthday party at Krokodylek (A kids indoor playground) was a success. No one died.  

Andrew getting tested for 1st grade. 

There was a special guest at Addey's school, and she was called on to present the next subject.  

One of the vital things that God has used to sustain us here has been our support system. We have multiple layers of accountability and that has helped us to keep our head on our shoulders.  Between our Czech church, our Pioneers Team, and our Supporters/Friends/Family back home who pour into us, I have to say we are extremely grateful for the amount of people God has given. 

Our Pioneers Team meets once a month for mutual encouragement and accountability.  We live in different parts of the country, but I cannot tell you how invaluable they have been to our family.  We love this group of people

Addey's teachers like her art so much that they asked her to do this for the main entrance of the school during the Easter season.  

In February we had the opportunity to go back to the SHARE conference (don't ask me what the acronym means).  This has been one of our favorite events of the year, as we spent a week with other missionary families from around the world. There were some families who haven't had English conversations for an entire year, so it was really fun getting to hear their stories and be mutually encouraged by each other. There were people there who volunteered their time to serve us, and through a generous counselor, Lisa and I found out our marriage is normal (score!), and that Andrew is right on track with his development in speaking (double score!). The kids were reunited with old friends and it really filled our tanks for the next few seasons.  We're grateful to call this event a long term investment toward being a healthy family in the Czech Republic.

Worship at Share was sweet.

The kids had a medieval themed week, and they had a big recital at the end. 

Share is a great opportunity to learn how to do family ministry, and the TCKs (Third Culture Kids) get to spend time with kids just like them, and ask their teachers difficult questions.  

Addey and Daddy

It was really sweet for the kids to spend time worshiping Jesus with other MKs.

This last season we have continued to put on the parenting workshops. We will be taking a break from this for the Summer months, since most of the people who join us will be gone, and we will re-evaulate what the next focus will like be in the Fall.  But what we've seen with Metro Church has been positive.  We've been asking for God to raise up new people in the church, and not only has the college ministry grown in size, but we're also seeing new members of the church! We're praying God sized prayers that only He can answer, so we ask that you'd join us in praying for 10 new members by the end of the year. The Lord builds His church through the Gospel, so pray that our church would center our attention and affections there, and that we would be open to the Spirit's leading.  

Over the last few months we have also had the opportunity to connect with a church plant in the town of Šumperk.  Kostel Jinak (Different Church) is a like-minded church who are also a part of the Majak Network. I was given the opportunity to preach there in April, and getting to know the people has been a lot fun. They want to be a multiplying church, so we're excited to see what God will do with that in the future.  

Good Friday and Easter Sunday 2018

Preaching on Romans 1:8-15 at Kostel Jinak (Different Church...or a Church Differently)

It is easy to internalize with such a small Christian population. But our church has gained a broader view of what God is doing in the world, and we have even sent one of our own to serve on a short trip to an orphanage in Nepal that Metro supports. Their overseer recently died of cancer, so they are in a great need of prayer/leadership.

Our Church in Olomouc (Metro Church) has a new team of Elders! Grateful and excited to see God raise up local leaders to shepherd the church.

Connecting with Kostel Jinak has been really sweet. They are a Word and Spirit church in the city of Šumperk (about 45min north of us).

Lisa and Eva talking about babies, while Addey braids her hair. 

Pete and Dan at the Easter BBQ.

Our city Olomouc is like a living organism. It changes with the seasons and even the demeanor of the people is visibly different based on the time of the year. 

MKs (Missionary Kids) have a connection to each other that is very unique from single culture kids. When I was stationed in Okinawa, there was a closeness to my friends there that was different than the other amazing friends we've made elsewhere. It was because we were in a foreign situation together, and I would argue that third culture kids have a closeness that is even more different than that. They have an entire upbringing that doesn't fully mesh with their passport nation, nor their host nation. And there are really amazing characteristics that can come with that.    

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Fall + Winter Update

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Fall + Winter Update

MERRY CHRISTMAS/HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

It has been a fast paced couple of months. A lot has happened and we're excited to share a glimpse of what this last season has looked like for us. Back in October we were pleasantly surprised by a visit from Lisa's parents. We didn't think they would be able to get here for another year, so it was really nice to have the Grandparents in town.  Seeing them go through a taste of what we have experienced was fun to watch, and it gave them a better idea of the culture we're living in and what how important the work is here.  

We have mentioned it before, but one of the hardest factors of living here is walking through the struggles with your kids. Andrew has gone through stages of self doubt, and not having many boys his own age who speak English has been tough on him. But since we've found a wrestling club for him to join, he's grown in confidence and has a more positive attitude overall. The boys at the club speak some English and have taken him on as a little brother. It gives us more excuses to wrestle with him at home too. The girls have been continuing their ballet lessons and have even had a few recitals already. It's fun watching them put their all into it up there. 

Lisa's parents came out for a few weeks in October.  They were incredibly encouraging and it was great to see the kids spend some quality time together.  

Andrew has really found his place with the wrestling club.  

Our mushroom girls.

Addey and Nora during their ballet recital "Snow White." 

Ballet practice

Addey's in the front on the far right. This was an event put on by her school. If you want to know about what's going on just ask :-) 

The Christmas season tends to be a big deal in the U.S., and it is a big deal here as well. But while there are similarities in how we celebrate, there are some big differences. The lights and decorations are all very much a common expression of the holiday, as well as the rampant consumerism that tends to veil the real purpose of celebrating Christmas, but the smell and busyness of the Christmas market in the town square is still something special and a few interesting traditions can be a means of bringing up Gospel conversations. 

It hit us a little more that we were not with family this year, but that also gave us a greater motivation to make sure that our time together would be more memorable. The fact that we were sick a for a few weeks kept us at home, but we've developed a number of family traditions that have made for sweet times of worship and reflection on our Rescuer. For a lot of people the Christmas season is a stressful time of year, and it's no different here. But it is in the regular rhythms of pointing our family to the person and work of Jesus that has kept our perspectives in the right place.  

The Turtle is always a crowd pleaser for the kids. 

While we love walking her to school, little miss independent tends to want to go on her own these days.  And as of 1/1 this year, we have an 8 year old! 

They put up little shops in the city center during the Christmas season.  Half of them are devoted to Christmas Punch (a hot sweet wine mixed with....things).  

Every year we make sure that there is a purpose to our Christmas symbols (like the Christmas tree). Through the rebellion of Adam, we fell in our sin, but the decorations and light of Christ's righteousness cover us.  

Our Church has been very active over the last season as well.  One thing we've really appreciated about being a part of Metro Church in Olomouc is that they have a heart for their city and they want to see people meet Jesus. And not just that, but to do this in through the life of the Church. One major conviction that we stand on is that the Local Church is the primary means by which God advances the Gospel. It is in community that the Gospel is dramatized in real life for people to see Jesus more clearly, and we're honored to have a church that shares that ideal. 

A new addition to our church plant has been the ordination of elders. This gives our community a greater sense of structure and understanding of who we can look to in regard to leadership. I have also had a few opportunities to preach along the way. It is different preaching here, since I am doing it in English and it must be translated. So, I have to condense the sermons and that is difficult when you want to add so much, and I have to go much slower for the audience (which is ok, since I need to slow down the delivery anyway). All that to say, it really makes me long for the day that I can do that in Czech and it motivates me to work hard at language study.

We are also putting on a monthly family workshop, which alternates between marriage and parenting as a focus. It has been really sweet to see new families come out and wrestle through the hard topics that come with building a home. And it has helped us to re-evaluate our own goals and rhythms for ourselves.

Doing demolition work on the new Church office space in Vsetin

Tearing away the tile/stucco 

Surprisingly, all three demolition pics are Dans.  

We voted in 3 new Elders this last week. 

Our Sunday services take place every other week at an art center near the main square.  Thankfully God has given us a lot of favor with the landowner, who has allowed us to meet there regularly.  

Preaching on Esther.  

Our missional community never has a lack of kids. 

Last Fall we had a great time at a weekend retreat we call Metro Relax. The theme of the weekend was on the meaning of life and relationships. A good number of people came out, including a team from the Crossing Church of Fort Collins. We had a children's program and the adults broke out into groups to make a few videos depicting the cultural differences between American's and Czech's (with hilarious results). And we got to spend some time out in nature. But it gave everyone an opportunity to slow down, have fun, and get to know each other better, while reflecting on the deeper issues of life. 

Daniel from The Crossing Church and his little stud. 

Metro Relax 2017. A weekend to get away and reflect on what matters most. 

Czech cafeteria food is something to experience. 

Crazy mushrooms grow out in the wild here.  

Andrew in front of Bouzov castle. 

One thing we have attempted to make regular in our lives is by frequenting the same coffee shops, barber, and other places like that.  It has helped in practicing Czech, but also in relating with people in our city. There are also a few opportunities that have come our way that might be another means of integrating into the fabric of Olomouc. The kid's school has been a maze to work through, since their ways are not our ways in the education process and that can be very confusing when trying to understand them in a different language. Thankfully we have friends who have helped us along the way. But there is an opportunity to teach English as an after school program that we're considering and that would offer more opportunities to learn Czech along the way, as well as get to know Addey's school better. So along with that and everything else, we truly appreciate your prayers and support. 

Soli Deo Gloria
(Glory to God alone)

Bob is never short on puns.

Found Addey's cafeteria.  Thankfully no one noticed me taking a picture. 

Celebrating 9 years of Marriage. I'm happier than ever to be with this amazing woman. 

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Summer Update

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Summer Update

Family:
Over the Summer we've had a number of Birthdays.  Andrew turned 6, Nora turned 5, and we now have a 5, 6, and 7 year old.  The girls had their first ballet recital and Andrew has quit Muey Thai for Greco-Roman wrestling.  The Summer months were a change of pace from the consistency of the school year (it's interesting how that works in a college city), so creating rhythms for our family that help us grow together have been very beneficial.  It has been, in my view, the fastest season we've ever had, so it was good that we took lots of pictures along the way! 

Nora at the Olomouc Zoo

Andrew recently had a Birthday!  We now have a 5, 6, and 7 year old.  

The girls had their first ballet recital

Adelyn's new classroom

Translation: Killers from a small town.  

Trip to CO:
In July I (Dan) had the opportunity to travel back to Colorado to connect with our CO supporting churches and get to know our most recent church (The Crossing) in Fort Collins better. And they even let me preach! :-) So, it was a huge honor to get to know them, hopefully be an encouragement, and join their wider network conference (called Crossway Chapel).  I also got to reconnect with the Vail church, which was a real treat to meet with their mission team.  As well as as our CO home at Park Church. That is a group of people you wish you could uproot and take with you wherever you go. Thankfully we share the same heartbeat for Jesus, and we get to bring that here.  
Having the opportunity to meet up with our supporters was an immense encouragement and it really helped set the pace for the rest of the Summer after I returned.  
And.......The food.  I have missed green chili smothered burritos at Illegal Pete's and that was nice. 

Visiting Park Church was like coming home to a great group of people who were like a glass of cold water for a marathon runner.  

During Dan's trip to the States he had the honor of getting to know a supporting church of ours and the whole Crossway Chapel Network. It was a very good conference and we look forward to coming back someday! 

Probably the #1 food I missed in the States: Illegal Pete's Green Chili Smothered Burritos. 

Ministry:
It would be impossible to capture everything this summer brought us, but we had a number of events along the way worth sharing. In July we joined the church in Vsetin for a family camp,  This was a time for Christian and non-Christian families to come and learn some English from real live Americans, and also hear the Gospel through the evening program.  
 
A few weeks later we had another family camp in Olomouc hosted at our house.  It was a theme of a lost sailor trying to regain his memory.  This gave the kids opportunity to explore the different cultures around the world, and we got to see this find it's culmination at the fort of Olomouc, where we had Church. There was a lot of work put into this, and we're grateful to have seen it turn out so well.  New relationships were built and it was a great opportunity to share Jesus.
 
The weekend following the camps our two friends Owl and Lucie got married.  Not only was this our first Czech wedding to attend, but they also invited our kids to be the ring bearer and flower girls.  It was really sweet, and it was great to reunite with a lot of people we've known from around the country.  

The theme of the Olomouc English Camp was the traveling the continents to help a sailor regain his memory and find his treasure.

The kids made their way to Egypt and turned into mummies.  

To get to the fort we had to travel by boat. 

And we had a pirate in the way

Metro Church at the Fort

Lisa and our flower girls

Camp by the fire

We have a tradition in our family where we take our kids to cemeteries. One of our core values is Memento Mori (remember death).  This is to give us visual reminders that we are only given the dash between our birthdate and our own death, and while Jesus has conquered the grave, memento mori motivates us to use the life we've been to the fullest. "Only one life will soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last."

Exploring nature with this beautiful woman.

The camp site in Northern Czech Republic

The kids evening program

Our Church:
Over the summer we had the privilege of hosting a lot. One thing we prayed about before moving here was that our home would be used as a house of hospitality. And that's exactly what we've been given. During the Summer months we slowed down a bit on doing studies together with our small group and we opened our house every week for neighborhood BBQ's to create a space for people to get to know us and the church. This has been a great means of building relationships and a more easy going space to explain why we're here and who Jesus is.
Since there has been a change in management over the place we normally gather on Sundays we ended up having church in our home for the past three months.  Now, we are back to the art center, but there may be a need to find a new location in the coming months, so please be praying for us about that.   

Open House BBQ Wednesdays

Lots of food and great people.  

We made our way through Philippians together

Our City has a rich history and this part of the world was once a light house of reformation, through such groups as the Moravians and people like Jan Hus. We're praying the Majak (Lighthouse) church plants would be God's means to see the Kingdom advance through the planting of more local churches, so that disciples would be made and the Gospel would be clear.  

Olomouc Wine (Vino) festival.  Moravia, the region of CZ that we live in, has wine worth bragging about.  

I think she likes me. 

Exploring the caves around Olomouc

Finding the dark underground of old cathedrals.  Dan almost fell into this thing without a light

Our good friend Devin showing Nora how to use the camera. It was great having him out here to visit on his short term mission trip.  

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Spring Update

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Spring Update

We love our city! In a few weeks we will have been here a year now, and while there are still so many things to learn and adapt to, this is our home and our friends here are practically family.  Between our church, Pioneers team, and the conversations we've had back home, this year of change has been made much easier than it could have been. I cannot tell you how grateful to God we are for all of the encouragements along the way.  There have been a lot of highs and lows, but we feel more strongly now that this is where we're supposed to be. We're still tired a lot, but now it's mostly in the afternoons, so some energy in the morning is a good sign. It will be nice when our bodies catch up with us from all of the changes. 

Missionary Kids (MKs)

Lisa and Kim at a Ballet in Brno.  

Date night at the Olomouc Wine Festival.

A big thank you for the care package from our friends in OKC!  We miss you guys a ton! 

We've found getting our kids involved has actually opened doors to Gospel conversations along the way, since the question we often get is "Why are you here?" when we introduce ourselves. There are many in this country (though not all) who do not have a high view of their homeland. But not only is that an opportunity to share Jesus, but it's also an opportunity to explain to them that there are a ton of redeemable aspects of their culture worth celebrating. While Atheism tends to be the outward image the Czech Republic presents to the world, it is actually an apathetic agnosticism that possesses most of the people here. So, getting involved in our city practically opens doors to more opportunities to invite people to meet Jesus and see what that looks like in community.  

The kids are now students at a Czech school, and they will begin their new schools in the Fall.  It's really nice, as the school admin is inviting a Czech tutor for each of the kids to learn Czech as they're taking their classes (What a blessing!).  And the girls are already going to be apart of a ballet recital in a few weeks.  Andrew's Muey Thai classes are still going strong, and he's showing more confidence, as he interacts with the other boys.  

Addey's favorite pose she's learned in Ballet.

Andrew wrestling with the boys in Muey Thai before their lesson.  

Nora being introduced to her Ballet class.  

All of the kids have been accepted into their new Czech Schools! We've had dreams of homeschooling them, but those are being put on the back burner for the time being, as we've come to the point where we see the most healthy situation for them being in the public school system, where they will learn the language, culture, and overall find their home here easier than they would everyday in a purely English environment. They will be given a Czech tutor to help them with their language development as well (Praise God!).  One of the things we enjoy about Pioneers is the freedom to be flexible, and we will have opportunities in the future to revise our plans.  

It is a great privilege to work with our church here in Olomouc. Our friends have been very patient with us, as we work hard to understand their language, and it's been fun to have different opportunities to teach & preach along the way as well.  This summer we're putting on a parenting workshop once per month and a bi-weekly International Bible study.  And come this July there will be a number of English camps and events that we will be apart of. So, please pray God would use us along the way to His glory.  

Dan preaching on John 6 at Metro Church. Jesus is the bread of life.  

Parenting is a tough topic, and as parents with flaws we want to offer the Gospel Centered principles we've found that have not only worked for us so far, but also worked  for the families we admire and love.

It's kind of ironic sharing the Gospel at a Roman cathedral.  

On top of language training, teaching, and acclimating to our new home it has been a season of travel for us, and some of that has involved going to various conferences.  In April we were apart of Pioneer's Euroconnect, where missionaries from all over Europe came together to reconnect and be encouraged by our mutual vision for Europe. Pioneers is the church planting organization we are apart of, and our European branch seeks to equip and send missionaries to the unreached corners of this continent. It was really good to meet new people and have coffee with those who have been here for decades. Getting to learn from other's mistakes and successes made the short trip to Hungary worth it.  

The most recent trip to Poland was for the European Leadership Forum.  This is a conference for Europeans leaders to come together by their respected disciplines and network/share ideas about how to best reach our countries. Getting to know and hearing the stories of European church planters was a huge highlight and it gave us invaluable insights as to how we can do this in a way that is glorifying to God and Czech in nature. Sitting under the teaching of world class scholars and teachers was a huge joy as well, as John Lennox took us through Acts and Michael Reeves gave us a great reminder of the centrality of Justification for the Reformation today. Walking away from this it was immensely motivating to be in the work of planting Gospel Centered churches in the Czech Republic.  

At the European Leadership Forum John Lennox was our plenary speaker who took us through Acts

At our Pioneers Euro conference, where we were greatly encouraged by the missionaries who have been doing minister in Europe for decades.  

A key part of ELF is the networks you join.  Ours was the church planting network, where we were encouraged and further equipped by seasoned church planters in Europe.  

Pioneers had a children's Bible school, where the focus was on Jesus as the Creator and sustainer of all.  

The kids put on a sweet presentation and they still remember some of those songs.  

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