2019 CZR Update # 1 – Travel, Training, and a Heat Wave
Good morning everybody. I am sorry that I have not taken time to update you but we have been quite busy with training and settling in for the last four days. Our travel to the Czech Republic was smooth and really quite uneventful. Monday morning our flights left on time from Little Rock and Charlotte and even with a one hour delay in Philadelphia our direct flight to Prague had us arriving only a few minutes late on Tuesday morning. We were greeted at the gate in Prague with the good news that we were traveling directly to our training center. The nice thing about this was that it gave us most of an entire day to settle in before training starting American Team Training Wednesday Morning. Praise the Lord that all of our luggage made it.
Our American Team training this year is once again at Czesky Sternberk. Check it out online (http://www.hradceskysternberk.cz/). An awesome castle is across the river from where our training is located. The castle is literally a five minute walk. We are training with four intern teams, a team from Scottsdale, Arizona; Prescott, Arizona; somewhere in Connecticut; and a team from Oregon. Our teams were spreading out all over Bohemia to do six camps this term. Josiah Venture will do more than 130 Evangelistic English camps in 14 Countries this summer (check them out online at www.josiahventure.com). The American Team Training includes time for us to all get over jet lag as well as getting us focused on the cultural differences and challenges we will face at camp. It has been great to see old friends and continue our partnership with the churches in Pardubice and Písek.
Four members of our Czech Team from Pardubice joined us on Wednesday afternoon. It was great to see Ada, Martina and Lydia again as well as being joined by Honza Macak who is the new associate Pastor at the Pardubice Church. Martina and Lydia spent a few weeks in Conway last fall so some of you may have met them. We are about ready to get the second day of training started and we are all grateful for a little cooler weather. It was in the low 90’s the first day we were here and the high 90’s yesterday (no air conditioning). I had to keep asking myself if I was in Nicaragua. Not everyone has been able to get a good night sleep yet so you can pray for some final transition time for us and for our teams to bond well and feel prepared for what is ahead as we head out to our camps tomorrow.