New Relationships!

Hey all!  So, we missed a couple days of updates ... which doesn't mean they were uneventful ... on the contrary, our days are pretty full, and when night-time comes, the gang turns in rather early.  But, we want to keep you informed of as much of our activities as we can.

On Sunday we were able to attend church in Frydlant nad Ostravici with a number of friends, both old and new!  It was an inspiring service, with great singing and a very appropriate message on spiritual gifts.  We all came away with new insights as to how God has gifted each of us and how those gifts can be used for the good of others and the Glory of God!

After church we enjoyed a great lunch with our gracious hosts, the Bozons!  Lauren and Petr and their kids are a hoot to be with, and, again ... our hearts were warmed by sharing a few hours together! ... complete with amazing Czech desserts!

Lunch was followed by a quick trip back "up the hill" to the Malenovice conference center, where we donned our work clothes and started our last "major" project ... replacing a temporary timber staircase in one of the larger cabins.  The reason we started on Sunday afternoon was that we need to finish by Wednesday noon, because guests are coming in.  We joined Tomas Klim and his crew and worked to get things going on Sunday afternoon and evening.

We continued the work on Monday, and by Monday evening, 8 guys were able to lift the 400 - 500 pound staircase into place!  Nothing like power by "Armstrong" to get the job done!

Today, Tuesday was another great day!  We started by joining a group of Christian leaders to celebrate the 6th birthday of Fusion, which is an outreach music ministry led by Josiah Venture staff.  We sang songs, ate cake and made great connections with the Christian leadership community here.  Inspiration was once again the by-word!

But, probably the highlight of the day was meeting a group of teenagers from the nearby city of Vsetin.  A few of the girls in the group "timidly" came forward to ask us some questions for a "group interview project."  The questions were:  "What are some ways to start new relationships?" ... and, "What are some ways to make relationships stronger?"  Marketa (the girl to my right) was the boldest, and she asked the questions while the other girls giggled!  The boys joined us for the picture!  It was fun to provide them some answers that will hopefully lead to some good discussions!

Tomorrow is our last full work day ... as we're going to pack our bags and head back to Prague early on Thursday to spend most of the day there, and then fly back to the States on Friday.  Please continue to pray for us ... for emotional, physical, and spiritual strength ... and to leave some lasting fruit from our efforts here!  Thanks for following us!

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