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Samantha Burgess – IMB Hands On – Prague, Czech Republic

03 May

First, I would like to apologize for not writing in over a month. Time has flown here, as I’m sure it is with many of you. This past month has been filled with a lot of shared meals, cultural mishaps, and a whole bunch of ups and downs. We are still busy teaching English, doing distribution, and helping with the team here, but we have also had more opportunities to hang out with people in the evenings and on the weekend. A couple weeks ago we had a game night with people from the adult English club we teach. We squeezed 13 people (and one dog) into our tiny flat. You can imagine the fun that was had there.

After English club each week, there is an optional Bible study. Last week we had nine at club, and six of them stayed for the Bible study! That may not seem like a big number, but it is in a culture that has little spiritual interest. Most people here go day to day without thinking about whether there is a greater purpose to this life. And yet, we are seeing people who are showing interest in these things. One of my friends has come to the Bible study a couple of times and that is the only time she has ever read the Bible. She believes that there is a higher power out there, but she is still seeking whether it is the God of the Bible. Please pray that the Lord would reveal himself to her as the only true God, worthy of all our obedience and devotion.

Another cool conversation occurred with my neighbor the other day. We have been going to the playground occasionally and talking while her daughter plays. We started talking about adoption, and I shared how the Father gave up his only Son so that we could be adopted into his family. I have been impacted by many people from my church who have lived out this picture of the Father’s love through the adoption/foster care system. How cool is it that the gospel witness they have is shining even here in Prague.

One last conversation I will share happened just today. I went for a walk with a friend and we got into a long conversation about spiritual things. At one point, I asked what she thought the purpose of life was and she responded that it is to be happy. I was struck with how universal the longing for happiness is. It is something innate in humanity that we long to be satisfied and happy. This universal desire points to a God who is infinitely happy and who created all things good. Our longing for happiness cannot be satisfied on this earth. Death kills happiness. The only way we can every be truly happy and satisfied is through Christ who has defeated death and whose blood has brought us back to the infinitely happy One. Please pray for my friend that God will continue to place believers in her life who can show her what it means to be truly happy and pray that she will experience it for herself by surrendering her life to Christ.

Pray also that I will have boldness and wisdom in how to spend these last few weeks. Pray that I will daily choose to battle my selfish desires and that I will leave Prague empty, with no regrets. Pray for the people we are encountering at Distribution, English Club, and Bible study–that the Lord would reveal himself to them in such a way so they cannot deny their need for him. Pray for God’s kingdom to be established and built up here in Barrandov and the greater Prague area. Many of the people I have met here have probably never had someone pray for them. What a great privilege and responsibility we have that we can intercede on their behalf. Thank you for your continued prayers and support. May God bless the work that you are doing, wherever he has placed you.

In Christ,

Samantha

“Yet he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make known his mighty power.” Psalms 106:8

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