“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 (NLT)
Throughout the year we have various outreach opportunities including evangelism training and other gospel sharing outreaches.
Outside the rain is gently falling. From my hotel room, I hear the rush of cars and buses on the streets of Prague and the occasional chatter of another guest heading for the elevator. This is a quiet time. My only company now is the subtle whirring of the mini fridge sitting next to me. The solitude has given me time to think, reflect, and pray. Before I get into that, let me address the question that might be in your mind: “what am I doing in Prague?”
Preparing to go the Czech Republic this summer has been a big deal for me. It will be a new experience, like nothing I have ever done before. I am not the most talkative person, I am not a very outgoing person, and honestly the thought of this trip sometimes terrifies me. However, over the past few months, this area of talking with others and placing God’s will above my will and over my feelings has been a huge area of growth.
With graduating high school this year and a plethora of other new, exciting, and even scary events happening, I feel incredibly blessed to have the chance to steward my young adult years in a way that will Lord willing produce good fruit in my own life and in the lives of others. I don’t know about you, but I tend to think…a lot. I believe that I am more an internal processor as opposed to an external processor — someone who thinks out loud. And in the past couple of weeks preceding the trip, something that I have been internally processing is my feeling of incompetency.
“Do all things without complaining or arguments; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world,” Philippians 2:14-15
When we visited the Czech Republic last winter, it was like a fairy tale! Fresh snow glistened everywhere, decorations where up, and carols where being sung. The magic of Christmas in this largely atheist country was still unmistakable. I had never been to the Czech Republic before. It all was new and exciting! But the most memorable thing of all wasn’t the snow…
“And he said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation.”” Mark 6:15 (New American Standard Bible)
Wow, the School year is winding down; I’m sitting in the high school auditorium between sets of the last band concert of the year, and I realize that our mission trip back to the Czech Republic is about 9 weeks away!
Summer 2023 Overview
“The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it,” 1 Thessalonians 1:8 (NIV)
Paul wrote this message to the Church in Thessalonica not long after he was forced to leave due to persecution. He left behind a small group of believers that were facing the prospect of living out their faith in an environment that was hostile to their beliefs. Yet in the midst of these difficult circumstances, the church thrived and was an example for everyone.