Thursday, October 23, 2014

Rene’s Ordination

On Sunday, September 28th, we had the privilege of ordaining and installing René Drápala as the pastor of the Církev Reformovaná of Zlín (The Reformed Church of Zlín).  Dr. Tom Johnson led the commission that examined and ordained René.  Dr. Marshall Brown preached a compelling gospel message.  The worship service was attended by many friends and family members. This was a very encouraging and blessed culmination of Rene’s years of study and work.  May he serve God’s flock in Zlín for many years to come!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Cambodian Conference

Last month the MTW team leaders from around the globe met in Siem Reap, Cambodia to welcome our new coordinator and discuss common issues.  It was great seeing fellow missionaries, some of whom I rarely meet due to our working locations.  I also enjoyed meeting and hearing from Lloyd Kim, the recently appointed coordinator of MTW.

An unexpected treat was that Michael Oh, fellow MTW missionary and president of the Lausanne Movement ( ), spoke to the conference about his work.  After the conference, I stayed for two days of meetings with the leadership team for MTW Europe.  

During the week, we took an afternoon to visit the ancient temples of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom.  Some pictures are nearby.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Planning Retreat

This week we help our third annual planning retreat with the leaders of our Czech church and their wives.  We were delighted with the ways that God blessed our times of prayer, our discussions, and our fellowship during this retreat.  Thank you for praying for us!

We spent the better part of three days in a remote village in the southeastern corner of the Czech Republic, about 80 miles from Zlin.  We were confined to the hotel meeting room much of the time, but we had one afternoon free.  We decided to take a tour of one of the last remaining areas of virgin forest in the country.  This small preserve is located on top of one of the peaks in the Beskydy mountain range.  The pictures show some of the reasons we have fallen in love with this place.