Friday, November 28, 2008

Czech Turkeys Taste Good

Yesterday was Thanksgiving, and I had a great time. I am at the JV training center Malenovice in Czech with most of the American missionaries from all the Josiah Venture countries represented. It is a pretty laid-back conference, with lots of time to talk, rest, and hang out with friends, so I'm loving it (oh, and we had McDonalds on the way here Wed.). I think it's a good time to write a few things I am especially thankful for today:

~New JV Friends who have become my family
~My family back home who I got to talk to and who graciously supports me for a lot, especially here in Czech
~Friends back home who pray for and support me in my time here in Czech - they blow me away sometimes
~Great, Convicting teaching from the Word of God brought by D. Patty.
~That I am done with Moody and have by B.A.
~The blessings of ministry here in Czech as well as the tough times that have taught me so much.

Another great thing about this week is that I get to celebrate my 23rd birthday with everyone here. It's been great to be with friends all day, and to actually hear happy birthday a lot. I even got to see my family sing happy b-day to me on skype. It's so different from my first year at Moody without Facebook, as no one even knew it was my birthday. So I am really thankful for the past 23 years and all that God has brought me though in this time. There's been tough times and great times, but I have learned to depend more and more on God.

What better thing to do on my birthday weekend than to spend time with friends, being thankful for all that God has done, and learning more about Him through His Word. I truly have a lot to be thankful for, and God's work isn't finished!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

English Weekend

We had an English Weekend with some friends from Šumperk the last two days. It was a great time of fun. It snowed all weekend, so we got to play in it and stayed cozy inside in between. There were about 26 people there in total, and we shared God's truth clearly with them. Two things really stand out to me about this weekend that I really enjoyed:
1. Pavla, Vašek, and Babu all shared their testimonies, and it was SO encouraging. It was great to hear them share with their peers the joy they have in Christ.
2. Hanging out in the sauna with some friends before running outside to cool off in the snow. That's right, we did the sauna "finnish style" (not naked) and layed in the snow with only shorts on...twice.

There are some pictures on Facebook. You don't need to sign up or anything to see them. Just go here for pics.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008