Our crew for the discipleship week has arrived! Maddie and Kathryn have both served with our team in the past as interns, and now they’re back to support this week of intense learning and bonding among the teens in our church. God has grown this event from four girls in 2014 to fifteen boys and girls in 2017. Even more encouraging is the fact that the teens from our church have taken over a large part of the planning and preparation for this time of discipleship. They have invited their non-Christian friends. They will lead several of the key activities during the week. We are amazed and grateful to the Lord for his work among our youth. Please pray with us this week that our young people will see the fruits of their labors and rejoice in God.
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Last year on March 19th, Evan and I took a long hike into the Hostyn Hills, very near the town where we used to host our English Camps. There was still some snow on the ground and we had to dress really warmly.
Yesterday, when we retraced this hike, the flowers were blooming and the weather was so warm Evan only needed a T-shirt! I got a little too much sun on my old, bald head, but you’re not going to see a picture of that.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
We have grown to really enjoy the snow here. It brightens the gray days and covers the bare, brown winter landscape. Sometimes the sun breaks through and we get a double treat. The snow, the brevity of the days, and the cold remind us that we're living in a foreign place - but one we've come to love.
Friday, December 30, 2016
For several years it has been our privilege to spend a few days at Christmas with our dear friend Mirka. We have developed several Christmas traditions, most of which are common to Czechs. This year we visited a small exposition of nativity scenes in a nearby village. The creativity and variety of these Betlémy were amazing. Czechs are unusually gifted artists and that is very evident in these beautiful little works.
The traditional Christmas Eve dinner in The Czech Republic is fried carp, carp soup, and potato salad. To do things properly, one must purchase live carp and allow them to swim in one’s bathtub for a day or two. Nearby, you can see our dinner floating in the tub.
Another favorite tradition of ours is watching Czech fairy tales. On Christmas Eve the Czech television stations play one after another non-stop. These movies are lavish productions starring excellent Czech actors in gorgeous costumes, set in the most beautiful castles in the country. Popelka (Cinderella) is the most popular of all these productions. Here is a link to a You Tube video which highlights some of the more famous scenes from the movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd0K_PA3iH0 . To see Popelka at the ball, dancing with the prince, skip to about 4:00 in the video. She tries on her slipper at about 7:40.