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An Intro to our Summer Czech Journey

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An Intro to our Summer Czech Journey

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It's crazy to think that a month has gone by and it has been a very busy one for sure. Our trip schedule was so full and we experienced so many things that we needed to take some time to process it all before posting anything here – so thank you for being patient with us.

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First of all, thank you for your prayers during our travels. God was good to us as travel endeavors went very smoothly, the Holy Spirit moved at camp, many hearts opened up to the good news of Christ's atoning death and resurrection, and our kids were safe and constantly busy so they didn’t miss us too much. We are so grateful to our family for helping this long awaited trip happen.  The Spirit really spoke to our hearts and confirmed the desire for us to move in to that country to make much of Jesus. As we spent time with Czechs and other missionaries, we began to see first hand who they are as a people, God genuinely knitted our hearts with theirs and we are certain that this journey of moving long-term is in His will for us. We are thankful to be back home with our family and friends, but both of us left part of our hearts there and we eagerly look forward to when we can plant our roots deep in the country.

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Because there is so much to write, we will be breaking it up into sections, so that there is room to freely elaborate on each of these different stories.  Also, to respectively protect those whom we got to know, we will be changing some of their names.

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Thank you for your involvement on this journey, and a special thanks to those who have already partnered with us.  This could not have happened without you.

All glory be to Christ!

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Summer Trip to Czech Republic Schedule

We're Going!! Follow along with us!     :) 

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Summary of Trip:

  •  First 2 weeks with Josiah Venture
  •  Spend a couple days in Prague getting to know our Pioneer Team Leaders
  •  Last week and half in Brno with our fellow teammates who have been on the ground for almost a year.

Why we are heading over this summer:

One of Pioneer's requirements for us to move long-term to the Czech Republic is that we take a survey trip beforehand. This four week trip next month will not only fill that requirement, but also give us a better understanding of the country that we are preparing to move to.

For the first week and half we will be partnering with Josiah Adventure to teach at a youth english camp. After the fall of communism during the "Velvet Revolution", Josiah Venture is a mission organization founded just shortly afterwards whose focus is on reaching out to the the region's young people. Their popular summer camps cultivate a positive environment where American teams can share God's amazing grace through teaching English, sports, games, crafts, music and more. Although there are still many remnants of the old regime who firmly hold to atheism and strongly reject the concept of a loving, personal God, there is an emerging young generation of Czech people who are showing an openness to the message of Jesus Christ. That's exciting!

Who is going?

There will be 8 of us American's along with local Czech leaders and translators. The camp will consist of anywhere of 50-80 campers from the ages of 13-18. After the camp is finished, Dan and I will explore the country by visiting our team in Prague and Brno.

Camp Schedule:

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Trip Schedule: Note: Dates August 4-7th are subject to change.

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Prayer Needs:

  • Pray for safety and good health for us who are traveling overseas as well as for our kids who will be traveling and staying with Lisa's parents in Montana.
  • Pray for our kids as we will be gone from them for nearly 4 weeks and which will be difficult emotionally and mentally for them.
  • Pray that God would prepare the hearts of those whom we will come in contact with in Czech Republic.
  • Pray that the Holy Spirit will move among the students at camp.
  • Pray for wisdom and discernment as we travel and see the country.
  • Pray that we would be an encouragement to those who are there.
  • Pray that we would catch on to the Czech language quickly :)
  • Pray that God would be glorified in all that we do.

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