Thursday, June 16, 2011

Visit to Trebic

Playing "Viking" at the party on Friday

We will be doing our third camp with a church in Trebic. This last weekend we had the great privilege of meeting them and building relationships with those in the youth group. The youth group is so loving and passionately seeks Jesus. It was a joy to spend the weekend with them and get to know them. Friday we visited six classes between three different schools, had a party with the youth group and others from the schools we visited, then spent the rest of the weekend at a cabin in the woods with the youth group. Sunday we went to the church where we introduced ourselves, I shared my testimony, and Josh preached a great message on Colossians. After church Lukas and Honza took us to the top of the big clock tower in the middle of the city. It was a great weekend, and refreshing to spend time with the Body of Christ. Please pray for this group as they continue to prepare for camp!

Having lunch together at the cabin with the youth group

The top of the Clock tower in Trebic! L-R: Annie, Josh, Lukas, Honza

Meet the Team!

My team has been fantastic!! It’s been such a joy to serve with all of them! Allow me to introduce them to you!

L-R: Sarah, Brad, Annie, Josh, Brianne

Brad is studying at IVCC in Illinois and plans on pursuing becoming a philosophy professor and civil engineer in the future. He has a great mind and thinks a lot, which is a great asset to our team. I’ve known him for a long time, as we go to the same church in Ottawa: Illinois Valley Evangelical Free Church. He has been to Czech four times before, working with Hradec Kralove. This summer is his first internship, and it’s been a great joy working with him so far.

Annie is from Pennsylvania and goes to Messiah University. She is studying Athletic training and loves sports. She has an energetic spirit and has an eye for details. All of this has been so essential to our team dynamics! Annie worked with the Frydlant English Camp last summer and is back for the internship this summer! It’s been cool to have her experience and insight as well as her fun personality on the team.

Josh is my co-leader and has been amazing to lead with! He is from Hawaii and graduated from Moody Bible Institute a few years ago. He is currently on JV staff and raising support to move to Czech as a full time missionary. He has led teams for several years, and this is his fifth summer in Czech. He has a great gift of teaching and does a great job leading everyone. I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn from such an experienced yet humble leader as I lead with him.

Brianne is from Colorado but goes to school at Huntington in Indiana where she is studying Theology and Religion. She is very energetic and relationships focused. She has been super encouraging and supportive to everyone and really has a servant’s heart. This is her first time in the Czech Republic, and has had a great and willing spirit as she goes into situations she’s never been in before. It’s been great to get to know her and to have her on the team.

The Amazing Race and Intern Training

Josh and i waiting for the interns to arrive!! :)

The team Pre-amazing Race: Brad and Josh in the back, Brianne, Annie, and me in the front


The Amazing Race was a difficult but fun three days that bonded us together as a team and helped us get to know each other. Throughout the race we were able to bond together, figure out how we work together, and support each other. We spent Wednesday and Thursday doing tasks all around Prague, and took an overnight train to Cesky Tesin where we did tasks during Friday morning. Friday afternoon we arrived to our final destination and came in tying with another team for 9th and 10th place (out of 17).

Climbing the stairs to find a task at the Stalin Monument

Getting another task from Autumn at a Road Block on the Race

Friday night through Wednesday we had a great time of training with all the intern teams who are going all over eastern europe. During that time we were taught how to teach English, how to lead small groups, about personality types, about how to serve well on a team, about spiritual gifts, about Czech culture, and so much more. During the evenings we were led in worship, heard testimonies, and taught by Dave Patty, the president of Josiah Venture, on Ephesians. Ephesians was the perfect book to go through before the summer as it talks about who we are in Christ, where we are in Christ, and how we can be together in Christ. We ended with the Czech interns going to a bbq on Wednesday and then leaving on Thursday. It was a fantastic time of preparation together before the summer of ministry started.