Hard to believe as it may seem, our 3 year Missions Apprenticeship officially concludes on January 29, 2010. For months we have been praying, asking you to pray, dialoguing with our bosses, fasting, journaling, obsessing, talking with friends and family and staying up late at night in order to ascertain what comes next. There was… Read More What Comes Next
The annual Eurasia Regional Conference is a time for international workers to get together, talk shop, build community, tackle some house keeping matters, and encourage one another. It is a highlight for us every year and being part of community is a high value for us. We know that for some workers, in isolated contexts,… Read More We’ve Been Rev’d
Decisions. This is not going to be a ramble about how to make the big decisions in life. Keep an ear open to God. Communicate honestly. Move away from thinking that His will is something He holds in a closed fist that you have to pry open. Keep listening. Read the Bible (we cheapen our… Read More Rozhodnutie (yes, it’s a Slovak word)
Buckle Up – here is the last month in a few paragraphs…. On January 7th the pace of our life was completely re-defined when we were given official permission to go. Within 24 hours we had booked tickets to Toronto and made our travel plans on to Slovakia. We found ourselves moving quickly to pack… Read More Going, Going – Gone!
Intense, rapid, fleeting, encouraging, exhausting, whirlwind, fun, stressful – all descriptors of our last few weeks in Canada. Now, we call Slovakia home. We arrived safely at the end of January and have been moving quickly towards getting settled. Internet access is still a work-in-progress, so for now we just wanted you to know that… Read More Somewhere Over the Atlantic
Though we got our un-official approval yesterday (to which there was much jubilation expressed in the forms of hugging, screaming and jumping around), it was made official today. We’ve been given the green light to go ahead with our transition to Slovakia! All missionaries with our organization need to raise at least 75% of their… Read More We’re Leaving on a Jetplane
As we travelled, spoke and met new people over these past few weeks, we noticed that people engage us differently when we are introduced as a visiting missionary couple. As young adults, while out visiting, we are accustomed to sleeping bags and floor mats, yet we were received with such warmth and hospitality that we… Read More If you Cut me, do I not say "Ouch – Why did you do That?"
Much overdue we admit, but here is a glimpse of our time in Slovakia. We travelled to Slovakia by car from Austria. The feeling we had as we crossed the nearly non-existent border was a combination of pure excitement and a little bit of wonder as the countryside gave way to the cityscape of Bratislava… Read More Seeing Slovakia
Growing up it seemed as though missionaries were always just getting back from somewhere or just about to leave for somewhere else (if not both). We would smirk to ourselves and say “we will never be that kind of missionary”. Yet, here we are, off a plane and into a car! Thus proving some stereotypes… Read More Stereotypes – Never What you Wanted to Be
Leaving Turkey yesterday Matthew had a slight rumble in his tummy – no, not intuition, but rather a sickly rumble. By the time we had cleared passport control Matthew knew his stomach was unwell. His very first act in Austria was to push a German-speaking man out of his way in a charge towards the… Read More Gut Wrenching