Hurry up and wait—then do it again.
Wow! This has been a most unique year for our Czech Mission Trips. This is the second year that Fellowship has sent two teams to the Czech Republic (one to work with a Church in Písek for the second year and another to continue our partnership with a church in Pardubice for the tenth year). Our adventures began at the airport Monday when all 19 of our team arrived ready to catch flights and make it to American Team Training at Český Šternberk. Immediately our flight from Little Rock to Atlanta was delayed and delayed again and eventually making our connecting flight out of Amsterdam became impossible. The result was that (after literally four hours of phone calls) we were separated into two groups. The first group flew the next day on Tuesday—arriving in CZR on Wednesday. Our second group was told we would not fly until Thursday, however; that changed and we flew out on Wednesday arriving in CZR on Thursday evening.
After all 19 of us spent one night together (the second group never seeing anyone else from American Team Training) our Pardubice team said goodbye to the Písek Team and headed out to Camp at Severomaravská Chata. We had a brief one and half layover on the train in Prague and took advantage with a quick tour with Tomàš Polivka, one of our missionaries who is planting a church in Klecany just north of Prague.
We finally arrived at our beautiful setting in the North part of Czech right on the Polish Border Friday afternoon and have settled in well. We have had a great time uniting with our Czech Team from Pardubice. One of the great blessings for me is seeing students who were just campers when we started our partnership in 2009 now serving as part of the leadership team. We all got some much needed rest last night and are using Saturdayto prepare for the arrival of the campers this afternoon.
For those of you who were aware of our traveling adventures and prayed for us we are grateful. I have never experienced anything like this in my 29 trips to the Czech Republic. It seems that the evil one is working overtime to put obstacles in our way so I am asking you all to pray that God will work in each of us and through us to share His love with all of the Czech’s we meet this year. We are excited to be here and will let you know how God is moving throughout the week.
For the Only Cause that Matters,
Ken, for there Team