Last week we joined a team of leaders who put on a children’s camp for foster kids and those in children’s homes. We had a little over 70 kids ranging from 5-18 and they were incredible. We didn’t know most of the leaders going in, but despite our language level we had a great time getting to know each other and working to give the kids a good time and show them who Jesus is and what He’s done.
Family (Nora surgery, school/school changes, visits, neighbors)
We went back and forward about taking the kids out of Czech school early, but in the end we’re all glad they were able to stick it out for the rest of the semester. The kids feel accomplished with their scores, and we’ve been working hard to make sure they get plenty of closure with their friends. By the grace of God Addey’s old school from Oklahoma decided to allow us to do distance learning with them with accreditation to make homeschooling legal here in Czech. So, we’ve decided to go that direction for the time being. We will have to supplement their Czech language learning and find after school programs to keep them integrated, but this seems to be the best decision for the health of the kiddos.
Nora had extremely swollen tonsils for months, while the doctors just kept putting off the idea of surgery. But after some time they softened to the idea and she finally had them removed. The medical system here is quite different than the U.S., in that they have patients stay overnight for a typical outpatient surgery. But it worked to our benefit, since we were able to get to know some new friends who were sharing the same room as us.
We also had a few great visits from friends in the U.S. It’s always a joy to invite people from back home to see what life is like here.
In March we were invited to join the team from Bridgeway Church in OKC to visit the church in Celje, Slovenia for an intercessory prayer workshop. This was one of the most encouraging weeks for us in a long time. It felt like the beginning of a revival, as we saw multiple churches in the area praying and repenting together over various issues. We also saw people coming to faith for the first time. Watching a man sit in front of me at church, who had just become a believer after having never stepped foot in a church was very heart warming. All of this gave us a glimmer of hope in the Czech Republic, since both these countries are post communist nations who have had a rough history in Europe. The team was also an immense blessing to us. We went back through the border of CZ with a strong reminder of the Holy Spirit’s power and role in all that we do to make much of King Jesus.
The Pioneers conference in May brought us back to Slovenia, and it was a different kind of encouraging. These meetings are great reminders of the role we’re playing in the bigger picture, and it gives us a bigger taste of what God is doing throughout Europe. We got to meet up with the friends we’ve made over the years, and the kids reconnected with other MK’s. We were also given a lot of helpful advice from mentors of ours, who have seen what longevity on the mission field really looks like. So, we’re now in a place where we have a better idea of what paving the way for the long game in Czech Republic can look like.
Last month we were able to connect with our small group on a weekend retreat, where we invited friends from outside the church to better connect. Czech’s have a love for nature that is really inspiring, and times like this create an atmosphere for conversations to happen more naturally.
For Good Friday Metro split up the celebration to the small groups, and Lisa and I put together a Sedar/Passover meal that helped us tie the Old Covenant feast with the fulfillment of Jesus. All of the details of the meal pointed to Jesus, so it was a great time of worship in community.
As we’re drawing toward the end of our first term in the Czech Republic, we’re grateful for all of you who have stood by us in prayer and support along the way! We’ve loved serving Metro church, and look forward to seeing what God will do with this upcoming church plant in Olomouc when we return in the Summer.