Hello from the Czech Republic!
Thank you for praying for us and checking in on us over the last month! It has been a challenging but incredibly rich time for our family. We spent our first week here with the Váhalas in their house. It was such a blessing being able to stay with them, not only for the fellowship we had, but also because Anthony was able to help with a lot of the resettlement items on our to-do list (setting up a cell phone plan, opening a bank account, signing our lease, etc.). I doubt we could have done anything we needed to do here without his help.
We were able to move into our house in Olomouc (Oh-lo-moats) a week after we arrived, and the shipping container with all our belongings arrived a week after that. Thankfully we are unpacked and settled and finally feeling “at home.” April and I are both amazed at how quickly our family got into the swing of things here. We’ve been out at least once every day since we moved just so we could be in contact with Czechs and have opportunities to practice the little bit of Czech we know. We’ve attended the church in Kroměříž three times since we’ve been here. It’s a 45-minute drive, but it’s the closest healthy church to our city, and being able to worship and fellowship there has been such a blessing. We had dinner with the pastor and his family last week, and this week we spent half a day with another family from the church. David was able to lead a Thursday-night Bible study at the church (with the help of a translator), and it looks like he may even get to preach a few times at the church’s summer English camp. The people there have been so kind and welcoming, and considering we were not expecting to have much in the way of Christian community when we arrived, we are extremely grateful to be a part of that fellowship.
We still have a lot to do as we settle here. We are in contact with the university in Olomouc and plan to sit in on our first Czech language class this week. Hopefully it will be a good fit for our family. We are also in the middle of our visa process. We had to mail some documents to the US to be verified—please pray they will return quickly. This week our family and the Váhala family will begin the crucial step of meeting together regularly for a time of worship and Bible study (they were sick last week—pray for healing!). There is much else to write about, but we’ll leave you with our praises and prayer requests and some pictures from our time here. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch! We’d love to hear from you! Thank you for all you do for our family. We wouldn’t be here without your partnership!
- We are grateful for all the love, prayers, financial support, and encouragement we’ve received from so many of you! Thank you for loving us so well during this process.
- Praise God for giving us opportunities to minister and be ministered to in the past month.
- Praise God for allowing our family, especially our kids, to adjust so quickly!
- Please pray we will be able to wrap up our visas soon.
- Pray we will be able to settle on a language-learning option this week.
- Pray we will grow in the love, grace, and patience we show the kids as we continue to adjust and settle.
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