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.   

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Looking Back and Looking Forward to Forever

It has been almost a month since the beginning of English Camp.  We had a very memorable camp this year.  We had two summer interns on board; we had a huge class of teens; we enjoyed great music from our music team; the teen class, with help from Karl Potts, created a video every day (try THIS link) ; Miriam and the teens led the camp in singing silly songs every evening (“Baby Shark” was the favorite, again).  It was a great week in so many ways.

For us, the most memorable times of the week were the personal stories of God’s work in the lives of our campers.  Especially meaningful for us was the night that two of the young women from our local church, Daniela and Eliška, told how they had recently committed their lives to Christ.  We were overjoyed.  
Please give thanks with us for God’s work among us and pray for these two girls as they take their first steps in God’s eternal kingdom.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Emotions at Camp

The theme for this year’s camp is emotions.  We are taking an hour each day in the adult classes to discuss things like fear, sorrow, joy, and anger; we are trying to see how these intense feelings reveal things about our hearts.  We are trying to move toward a discussion of our spiritual values as we talk about what rules our hearts.  Please continue to pray with us for fruit in this camp.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Listening to the Words of the Kingdom

Last night we heard a great testimony from one of our summer interns.  As she spoke of the enormous difficulties that God had placed in her life, one of our students was listening very carefully.  Please pray with us that the Lord will use these testimonies to grow his kingdom.