August 2018 Newsletter
Although the majority of American students are already back in school, our Czech students still have a few precious “empty days” remaining (the Czech word for summer school holidays comes from their verb “to empty”). These days are precious to us, too, as we have time to reflect on the ways in which we saw the Lord working over the summer months. We were grateful to have Devin with us as a summer intern this year. Two of our former interns, Kathryn and Madeline, also joined us in the days prior to our discipleship week.
We were a little sad when several of the girls who have been “regulars” weren’t able to come to the discipleship week this year. In spite of this, we were greatly encouraged by the time the week ended. We were thrilled to hear Jana’s testimony of faith in Christ. She told the group how she had been moved to search for God last year, and how God provided her with a Christian roommate at school (one of the older girls from our church) and opened a way for her to attend the discipleship week in 2017. Please pray for her. She comes from an unbelieving family in which there is a great deal of skepticism about Christianity. The focus of our studies this year was learning to share the gospel, which included developing a personal testimony. It was delightful to spend time with these young believers, listening to them speak about their personal faith in Christ.
One of the highlights of our English camp this year came in a late night conversation. One of our regular students, who has made a lot of progress toward Christ in the past year, shared his faith journey with a small group of men. He did so in response to some questions from one of the unbelievers in the group.
We were so pleased to have two of our grandchildren with us during the English camp. They worked hard to support the Alabama team. After camp, we were able to spend some vacation days with them.
In just a couple of weeks, we will host the leaders of our church for our annual planning retreat. The group of Czech leaders will be larger this year since a new couple has been invited to join us for this important time. We are very encouraged by this development.
Please pray with us for:
- God to use the things our teens learned in the discipleship week to make them bolder and more effective witnesses.
- The hearts of many students from our English camp to be opened to faith in Christ.
- The Lord to direct our discussions during the planning retreat in early September.
Thank you for your faithful prayers and support for the work we are doing. We look forward to seeing what God will do in the next generation of Czech believers.
Johnny and Annette