A New American and Plane Tickets!

Many exciting things have been happening since I last posted a blog.  Lenka and I have continued to prepare for our internship In Hurbanovo, Slovakia.  We are getting very excited about our new adventure.  It seems like time is flying, and we will be there before we know it.  As part of our internship we will need to raise part of our salary.  We have been speaking to various groups and churches over the past few months.  It has been a lot of fun returning to old home churches, as well as visiting with the circle groups from Lakeside.  Everywhere we go we have been shown such love and support, and it means a lot to us.  We really are proud to have all of you as partners in our ministry!

One surprise that happened in the past week is that we were able to appear on local tv on a morning show.  It was a lot of fun!  We were able to share our story, and explain about our ministry in Slovakia.

We have also just recently just held a Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee’s, which was a huge success.  It was a great time of fellowship, and 132 people came to support our ministry.  Even more people made donations!  It was a fun morning, and the pancakes were delicious!

Maybe the most exciting news that has happened is that Lenka has been approved for her American citizenship.  After several years of waiting, tons of paperwork, meetings, interviews, and driving to and from Raleigh she aced her citizenship test!  She will have her ceremony on February 3rd!  I am very proud of Lenka that she was able to accomplish this, but more importantly that God guided us through some difficult processes.

Since Lenka has been approved we have been able to set a date for us to depart for Slovakia.  We will be leaving on February 14, yes, that is Valentine’s day.  Everything seems more real now that we have a date, and we can already feel the pressure to pack and finish up various things here in the states.  There is a lot to do to prepare, and many prayers are appreciated!

As part of our ministry in Slovakia I will have to speak Slovak.  I have been trying to learn some on my own, as well as from Lenka’s mom.  It has been difficult for me, but I have made some progress.  I look forward to being in Slovakia, and fully immersed in the culture.

One of the interesting things that I have been able to witness as part of this experience are people’s reactions when we tell them our plans.  There have been a wide variety of faces made, and opinions expressed.  It is always interesting to hear a new perspective, especially when we are able to share our faith in Christ, and our trust that He will always hold us up.  Sometimes it is easy to lose focus with our names being on the brochures, tickets, signs, blog, and facebook page, but it has always been about one thing, to spread the Good News to all people, whether that is in Rocky Mount, Slovakia, or any other place in the world.

We are humbled that we can serve such an amazing God, and be chosen to witness for Him.  Just as John said in the wilderness, there is someone greater that is coming, I am not even fit to untie His sandals.

Please continue to pray for us as we come closer to February 14, that God will prepare us for our ministry.

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