September 9, 2018
For the past four summers I have had the privilege of serving as a missions intern with the Mission to the World (MTW) team in Zlín, Czech Republic for up to two months at a time. I have helped run a Teen Discipleship week and an English Camp for all ages while making connections with the teenagers and those in the church, and I have been blessed to see God at work in their hearts and in my own.
Czech Republic is a spiritually dry area of the world, with Protestant Christians making up about 0.5% of the population. Many of the youth in the church are the only Christians in their schools and are looked down on for their beliefs and for living a godly lifestyle. Eva[*], a teenager in the church, has told me about how students in her school have decided not to be friends with her because she wouldn’t get drunk on the weekends with them or sleep around. To have this kind of pressure at such a young age, combined with how difficult growing up can be must be lonely and dejecting. Which is why I feel God’s calling to return.
This January 2019 I am praying to go back to Zlín, but instead of being there for only a few weeks I have seen God leading me to go for a year and a half. My main purpose in serving in Zlín would be to disciple the teenage and young adult girls, as well as helping to shape the youth group in the church. This is an important role that has not been filled as of yet, and I am excited to partner with Mission to the World in being the first one to do this! This decision is exciting and scary for me, but I have felt God’s hand guiding me in this ever since I first went to Zlín three years ago.
In order to get there I need to raise $13,500 support in one-time donations, and then continue to have $3,500 support every month. This provides money for insurance, ministry funds, administrative fees, and my salary for food and housing. Although it is a short amount of time, it is important to the ministry that I arrive by the start of the spring semester, which is why I am asking people like you to come alongside and support me through prayer and finances. If you feel God prompting you to become one of my ministry partners, please give online at:
Please be praying for me as I get ready to go, that my heart and mind would be prepared, and that God would bring in the support needed. Please also be praying for the Czechs, that they would be encouraged in the Lord and grow in their faith.
I am so thankful for the support that many of you have shown me in past years and I look forward to seeing what God will do!