Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Friday, October 11, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
Please pray with us for these dear friends. Eva’s two older children, Nikola and Ondřej, decided a few months ago to move into Michal and Eva’s tiny flat in Karolinka. There are now seven people living in a two bedroom flat with about 800 square feet of living space: two teenagers, a toddler, newborn twins, and one bathroom!
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Last Sunday we were overjoyed to receive two new families and a single man into the membership of our little church in Zlín. As part of that joining, two children and one of the parents were baptized. These two families are part of the Karolinka Bible study we have written about in previous newsletters and blog posts. So, it was an especially joyful day for us.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Friday, June 7, 2013
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
We will be posting more about these men and their work here as the summer draws closer. Please pray for Cory and Erik. It will be an intense time for them and for us, but please pray that it will a rich time as well.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
The winter has lasted overly long here. We saw the sun today for the second time in weeks. The high temperatures have stayed in the thirties on most days. Everyone really wants spring to come. Why is it taking so long?
The winter has lasted so long here. We don’t see the son clearly on most days. It is cold here in my heart. We really want the Spring to come. Why is He taking so long?
Just as surely as the warm, long days will return, just as he promised, Jesus will return, just as he promised. Nothing can hold back the spring. It often seems that winter will win and keep her icy grip on the world. But a spring day is coming…..
Then will the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
We awoke this morning to a beautiful snowfall. Snow is lovely while it’s falling and it makes the trees and the fields around us pure white. In one way, it covers up some ugly stuff, but underneath, nothing much has changed.
That’s where the “Easter” part of this post becomes important. If Christ is really risen from the dead, things have changed. If what we say in the apostle’s creed is true – he was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead – then something fundamental, mysterious, amazing has changed. As long as men have walked the earth, death has been the inescapable fate of all. Not only have we been cursed to wither and die physically, but we have been alienated from the only source of real life. We’re twice dead – outwardly and inwardly.
The resurrection changes all of that. Jesus experienced both kinds of death, and yet he lives. And he promises that we will also live. “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” If you do believe this, you have been changed, way down deep inside – not with a pretty covering, but by a gift of life that cannot be extinguished, even by death.
“Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.”
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
|Europe Leadership Team|
|The outside of the Wall on the old East Berlin side|
|The inside of the Wall in what was formerly known as No Man's Land|
|The ELTeam and wives at Check Point Charlie|
Thursday, February 21, 2013
This may sound a little crazy, but shortly after we arrived on the mission field here I developed a simple game. It goes like this: see how far you can walk before you notice something – a sign, a car, a person – that lets you know beyond a shadow of a doubt you’re in a foreign country. In our country, it’s really hard to go very far without running smack into something that looks truly foreign.
It was plain when we arrived in Prague last Saturday that we had gone way beyond the bounds of our little home in Shelby County, Alabama. Thankfully, our Czech friend, René Drápala was there to meet us and make us feel welcome.
We returned to the Církev Reformovaná on Sunday and were delighted to re-connect with our dear church family there. Both of us got a hug from someone who normally only gives handshakes – that was pretty special!
Since we’ve been back, there have been several snowy days. The snow helps brighten the gray days, so we both enjoy it (see the picture nearby).
We are so grateful to all of you who allowed us to spend time with you during our visit to the US. Thank you for feeding us, housing us, and sharing your joys and sorrows with us. Many thanks to all of you who prayed for our travels – the Lord surely heard your prayers.
Friday, January 4, 2013
So much of life is process. Sometimes long. Sometimes short. But always process. In the process there are often sweet wonderful joys and gifts found along the way. And as it has been said so many ways and times, God never does things the way we dream or expect, He is always doing bigger and better things - more than we can ask or imagine. So wonderful is He!
This is a brief story of a long process, beginning even before we arrived on the field, we begin to pray for team members to come join us. You know, we had ideas. Ideas of what they would be like; how we would work together; where they would fit in—sort of.
Then last summer we had visit from a veteran missionary who was somewhat interested in moving to the Czech Republic and joining us. All went well. The time together was simply too brief to base any kind of major decision on what we knew of each other. We both needed more.
(Inviting someone new is almost like getting engaged. There’s commitment, the need to listen, love, help, support, and so much more involved in an invitation to join a team on the field.)
So we invited our friend to return and work with us and visit with us. We wanted to really get to know each other in a deeper, soul-knowing way. The Lord was gracious to us and really began to turn our hearts to the opportunities and possibilities of what could be, of friendship that could deepen, of laughter to be shared, and of good works yet undone.
Soon the invitation was offered and accepted! Our prayer is that soon our new team member Miriam Grady will be on her way to Zlin. Please pray for all the details of things we all will have to deal with before she arrives in the Czech Republic.
But foremost, rejoice with us!