Ahoj! (Hello in Czech, pronounced ahoy–like the pirate)
I have now been in Prague for a week. Prague is the most beautiful city I’ve ever seen, from the cobblestone streets and the 9th century castle to the trdelnik cinnamon pastries and the rich history of the city. My partner, Nicole, and I have made some great memories so far. The best memories are the ones where you know you look like a ridiculous foreigner and the situation is not ideal, yet you go with it and laugh. The other day we went to the mall food court and decided to try out a restaurant called Kaktus. It was a Vietnamese-owned Tex-Mex place. In hind sight, that should have been our first clue to keep going to the next restaurant. We ordered the Asian version of chicken and rice, which came with a side of ballpark nacho cheese to put on top of it. By the end of the meal, we realized our mistake. Other times have come when we have forgotten to bring our own bags to the grocery stores and end up having to carry our produce all the way on the tram home. In these moments, we just laugh and hope that one day we will be able to blend in a little better.
This week was spent learning about what we will be doing while we are here. We got to teach our first few English classes which was a lot of fun. We are teaching a couple classes in the school near our flat and a couple more in a coffee shop nearby. Another thing we get to do every week is a distribution. This is where we hand our free coffee and tea with the purpose of trying to show God’s love in a practical way. The people here are so distrustful of religion, even more so than government, because in the past religion has taken so much from the people. The hope is to show them through a free drink that as believers we want to spread God’s love and give back instead of just taking for ourselves. Another thing we were able to do a lot this week was prayer walk. It was overwhelming to see the darkness that covers this city from the bleakness of communist apartment after apartment building to the lostness of the people everywhere around us. It was sobering to think that if Christ came back today, almost everyone around us would be eternally separated from Him. But, it was also freeing to know that we serve a God who is all-powerful and who created the Czech people and culture. He is already at work among the people here and he will bring that good work to completion one day. It has been exciting to work with the believers here and to see their vision coincide with God’s vision for the people here and how that is practically worked out. I am still in shock that God has chosen to bring me here and use me, because I am so inadequate. Yet, I am learning a new each day how to depend upon him and how true it is that his mercies are new every morning.
Please pray for us that:
- We will be able to pick up on the language quickly and that God would remove that barrier as we are trying to relate to people
- That we will find ways to plug into the community here and begin to build relationships with Czechs
- That the area we live in, Barrandov, would be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14).
- For boldness and urgency to share the gospel
Thank you for praying and investing in the work that God is doing here in Prague.