It has been a GREAT three-day stretch in our journey in Pardubice. Wow. That’s how I feel. God has clearly been in all the details of this trip. On Saturday, it was sweet to see all the familiar faces at Mladez. They had been averaging about ten people as of late, but on Saturday night. Before we met, we had an opportunity to meet up with Petr, who is a potential future leader of English Camp. Though it’s in the early stages of this conversation, it’s clear that God led this particular person to this particular time. Morgan did well in her story and our games were fun. Students had a joy about their facial expressions when they were around. Saturday was sweet.
On Sunday, our worship service was joyful. The teaching time went well and working with a translator was fun. Eliska did a great job and we didn’t have a single mistake in translating. Archa gave us a chance to return to a church who is special to us and they were very thankful and grateful for our team being here. Sunday was joyful, and to cap it off, we got to watch a Pardubice Dynamo hockey victory in OVERTIME – even when they hadn’t won a match all year. So I used that as street cred at school visits the next day.
For Monday, the word that comes to mind was intentional. Everything we did on Monday had a specific intention in mind – especially with only a certain amount of time to accomplish our goal. Our main goal was school visits and advertising English Camp for the summer. I got to visit two different schools which featured a ton of well-mannered students – MUCH, MUCH different than the U.S. in this regard. They really enjoyed hearing about American culture. My focus was on two different elements: make sure they understand English Camp is really fun and to be very humble and honest about American culture when comparing. Their feedback and insight was helpful to understand their point of view. We got to go inside a school today that had NEVER allowed anyone for English Camp inside their school before. We probably don’t fully understand the importance of that, but it’s pretty pivotal for future opportunities. The teacher I worked with was especially thankful and intrigued by what we do. Perhaps she will ask some of her students about it later? 🙂
We invited them to Cross Cafe after we were done and two students came! This is a big deal, because to get students to come to English Camp for the first time, they often have to come to something like coffee with Mladez Pardubice as a first step. One of them seems guaranteed to be coming the summer – which makes our trip visit worth all the time. Monday was intentional in how we plugged English Camp, and how we spent time in conversations at Cross Cafe. Morgan did a ton of talking with Dada and Magda (two students that her and Laura keep up with each week) and seemed to have fruitful conversations there.
On Tuesday, we plan to do a ton of school visits, go back to Cross Cafe, Tuesday (today) is the final “outreach” time that we will have, so pray that would be pivotal for us. I will specifically get to talk to an English teacher who has an American background. Their school has never allowed English Camp people inside it, as it is outside the city limits. It might be a good opportunity for future ministry opportunities. Once we are done today, we’ll hop on a train to Praha and settle in for 2 days of relaxation and exploration. Wednesday, we have Magda and Dada as tour guides, and Thursday Andrea will join us. Friday and Saturday, we will be back in Pardubice for leadership training and meetings with Taby and others about future ministry opportunities.
All of the prayers from our Fellowship family are appreciated. Continue to pray that any seeds planted on this trip will be fruitful in future conversations.
Love you guys and hope all is well back home!