Prayer Letter

May 2018

1, 2, & 3 – Please pray with us for Miriam and Evan as they return to The Czech Republic. Pray for peace in their hearts as they say goodbye to family and friends, for peace in the midst of all their last minute preparations, and for protection as they travel.
4, 5, & 6 – Please pray for Evan as he returns to Czech school. He and Miriam have been working hard to help him keep up with the program of instruction his Czech teacher gave them last fall. Pray that Evan would find that he is up to speed in all of his subjects. 

7, 8, & 9 Every year the planning and preparation for English Camp bring new challenges and new opportunities for our team and the team that comes from the States to serve with us. Please pray for wisdom as we try to manage changes, for unity as we face the challenges together, and for growth in Christ as we try to learn from our struggles. May the Lord be seen in us and through us.

10, 11, & 12 – Please pray with us for all the planning we must do over the next several months, for our summer internship, for our discipleship week with the teens in our church, for English camp, for the work of the church in 2019, and for the MTW region in which we serve in Europe.

13, 14, & 15 – Please give thanks with us for the fruitful trip Rene and Renata made to the States. We believe that the Lord used them in the churches they visited and allowed them to make new connections and renew old friendships. 

16, 17, & 18 – Please pray with us as we meet in Slovakia for a few days to share our plans and our struggles with our fellow missionaries from Slovakia and Romania. Pray for God to use each of the leaders in these countries to sharpen and encourage the others.

19, 20, & 21 – Please pray with us for the hearts of all who will attend our English camp this year. Pray for open, warm hearts for our students. Pray for the Holy Spirit to be at work in them long before they arrive, so they will be receptive, even eager, to hear the good news.

22, 23, & 24 – Please give thanks with us for Devin, our summer intern for 2018. She has worked diligently to raise her support and now has her airline reservations to join us in early June. Pray for the Lord to refresh her spirit and to use her in the lives of our teens and our English Camp students.

25, 26, & 27 – Please pray with us for the visitors to our church in Zlin. Pray that the Lord will send more from our city who need to hear of the living water which Christ alone can give. Pray that the church will welcome them warmly and help them feel at home.

28, 29, 30, & 31 – Please give thanks with us for the small leadership group, which has been meeting for almost two years. Pray for these sessions to bear visible fruit in the church and for the church to grow toward maturity as a result.

June 2018

1, 2, & 3 – Please pray with us for the teachers as they prepare their lessons for English camp. We will be welcoming several new teachers onto the team this year, so please pray for them to have confidence in the Lord’s ability to prepare them and to reach their students.

4, 5, & 6 – We have been very encouraged by the progress the church has made in her Sunday school program recently. Please pray for God’s blessings on the teacher’s meeting later this week. Pray for spiritual growth among our teachers and the children whom they teach.

7, 8, & 9 – Please pray with us as we finalize the plans for our discipleship week. Pray that many of our teens will invite their friends to join us for this time of intensive learning and spiritual growth. Pray for the Lord’s hand to be on this time so we will see new growth and new faith springing up.

10, 11, & 12 – Please pray with us that as a church we would all have a greater desire to see God glorified in our weekly worship. Pray for him to be exalted in our singing, our confession, the observance of his sacraments, and the preaching of his word.

13, 14, & 15 – Because the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is engaged in constant warfare, every local expression of the church will experience victories and defeats. Please pray with us for the Zlin Reformed Church that she would be encouraged by her progress and that she would learn from her struggles.

16, 17, & 18 – Please continue to pray with us for the marriages in our church. As in so many western cultures, the nuclear family is under constant barrage here. Pray for our marriages to reflect the beauty of Jesus’ relationship to the church.

19, 20, & 21 – Please pray for the church leadership retreat, which will take place later this summer. Pray for guidance for those who will lead and for clear direction for the future of the church.

22, 23, & 24 – Although there is very little reliable information about evangelical churches in the Czech Republic, it is safe to assume that the typical church size here is considerably smaller than in the US. However, a small congregation can still be very spiritually healthy. Please pray with us for a great increase in spiritual health among the churches here, that even those smaller congregations would be obedient to the Great Commandments and the Great Commission. 

25, 26, &, 27 – Please pray with us for wisdom for the parents in our church. Many of the older teens in the church are making decisions about their future studies, their careers, and their friends. Pray that their parents will have a godly, wise influence in their lives during this time. 

28, 29 &, 30 – Please pray with us for the Lord to continue to raise up new leaders in every area of church life. We have been so encouraged to see the progress that has been made over the past couple of years and we want to see the church strengthened even further in this area.

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