Forever

Last night during our family devotion time we sang Forever.  The kids fell in love with this song ever since we attended Eurasia Missionary Retreat where they learned the song and even got a chance to lead it during the sending service.

Chris Tomlin’s lyrics are easy to remember, and they remind us first of all to give thanks because He’s above all things!  I needed to hear that!  I am posting just a sample of the lyrics and can hear the kids sing out loud Sing praise, sing praise…

Give thanks to the Lord
Our God and King
His love endures forever
For He is good, He is above all things
His love endures forever
Sing praise, sing praise

Forever God is faithful
Forever God is strong
Forever God is with us
Forever
Forever

 

 

 

 

Fall Is Here

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I took some photos this morning, and all I can say is that the fall is here! The tree that’s in front of our house turned golden yellow, and it’s quite a sight.

David is finishing last minute preparations for a GEO Gathering this weekend, Oct. 11-14.  The gatherings take place about 2-3 times a year so that the missionaries can get together for fellowship.  We are blessed to be able to do this for our missionaries.  Please pray for safe travels for all as they travel from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Germany.

I am preparing care packages for all of them as I don’t usually attend the gatherings in person.  They are hosted in various cities in Central Europe, and the children are in school so we stay at home.  All the GEO missionaries teach in schools or lead ministries at a local church, and we want to encourage them on behalf of all of you so they would boldly proclaim Christ.  It is a time for them to reconnect and share.  Please pray that the event may be to His glory.

I have some great news for you as well.  Missionary Ryan Volkman and his wife Stanka, who are serving in the Czech Silesia, welcomed their new baby on Oct. 8th, 2013!  The new mom and baby Daniel are doing well.  Praise the Lord for this gift!  Please pray for Ryan and Stanka as they take on these new responsibilities and raise their little one in Christian faith.

Vašek and Emma continue to go to school and like being around other children.  Emma is learning cursive, and Vašek is counting days until his 8th birthday on November 2!  He is making his wishlist and updates it quite frequently, I must say.  It’s the time of the year to fly kites, and the kids were asked to bring their kites to school.  What fun!

Blessings on the end of your week!

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Today’s Blessing

This morning the moms and their young children gathered at the parsonage for fellowship and fun as part of the moms’ group that I (Radka) help lead. When we thought that no-one else was going to join us, a mom with almost a two-year-old girl walked in and said,  “I’ve been wanting to come for a long time!  I decided that today was the day to join you.”  She continued to explain that she and her husband have two boys, ages 12 and 14, and just recently adopted this little Roma girl named Jasmína.

We listened to her story as she shared that Jasmína was at an orphanage, a healthy and beautiful little girl, and nobody wanted her.   She shared a bit about her time of adjustment to having a small child again but expressed so much joy in making this decision.  She said that all the offices and social workers she worked with were gracious and very good to work with during the adoption process, and we gave thanks for God making it all possible.

Jasmína joined us today to hear about Jesus.  As I was leading the group and talked to the children and their moms about who Jesus is to us in our everyday reality, I had tears in my eyes.  We sang a short prayer before our snack, and it was clear that Jasmína loves music.  We sang other children’s songs and she listened very intently.   I gave her a cross sticker and told her that the Bible says Jesus is our Savior and best friend.  That He loves all the children.

I give thanks for this family that decided to make a difference in the life of this child – Jasmína.  The mom commented to us and said she felt very welcome and is amazed that there is such ministry for moms and their little ones.  She had no idea.

Thanks to all of you who pray for the ministries that we are a part of here.  Your prayers were felt today as we welcomed this little girl and her mom into our midst to show them they are loved by the Savior of the world.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.  1 Pt 5:7

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Prayer Requests for the Week

  • Give thanks for the abundance of rain we’ve had in the past few days.
  • Give thanks for the school that Vašek and Emma attend here in Slovakia.  We pray daily for all the teachers and classmates.  Pray for our kids who love Jesus and may His light shine through them in their interactions with others.
  • Pray for David as he begins his travels this fall and visits the GEO missionaries we are serving with.   Pray for AJ, Sarah, Melissa, Margaret and Ryan who are teaching in Lutheran and public schools.  May the Lord use their witness in mighty ways!!!
  • Please pray for Ryan and Stanka Volkman who serve in the Czech Republic and are expecting the birth of their child this month.  May they both enjoy these last few days of much expectation and may the Lord give them His peace in this time.
  • Please pray for David as he is also finishing his Master’s Degree this fall. He’s currently working on his thesis, which he will present in November when he’s in the US.  Please pray that we, his family, may be of support and understanding during this time.
  • Please pray for visa preparation for Ben Helge, a new GEO missionary, who will be joining us soon.  Ben will serve in the Czech Republic.  The visa process is rather long, and we pray for God’s guidance trusting He’s in control.Image

A Time to Give Thanks

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Last July, we said good-bye to one of our GEO missionaries, Juli Hirsch, a deaconess, who served in the Czech Republic for 2 1/2 years.  Juli helped teach English classes at the local Lutheran elementary school.  She also taught evening English classes to members and non-members of the church where she was serving.  Juli was also involved in youth work through local outreach projects.  This is what she says about her experience,

I have learned a lot while serving in the Czech Republic.  I learned more about what it means to be a servant. My eyes have been opened and my thinking expanded to seeing more of the Church as the priesthood of all believers.  I was blessed to have the opportunity to serve along side the Czech Christians to fulfill the Great Commission set before us by our Lord, to bring others to the knowledge and truth of salvation in Christ alone.  My fond memories I cherish are the relationships I made.  Those who are my brothers and sisters in Christ are like family and made my experience living overseas blessed beyond measure.  I am so thankful to our Heavenly Father.  All glory and praise be to Him alone.

Please pray for Juli as she transitions back to life in the US and looks for employment opportunities.  We have no doubt that the Lord has been preparing her for the next step as she continues to serve Him and His people.

Also, please prayerfully consider serving in Central Europe!  We look forward to hearing from you!  

Shout for joy to God, all the earth!
Sing the glory of his name;
make his praise glorious.
Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!

Psalm 66:1-3

Back to School with Team Eurasia

Back to School with Team Eurasia

I am happy to share with you that we are in Week 2 of school.  Vašek has been enjoying meeting a few new friends in his classes.  He’s signed up for tennis this year.  Emma is a big 1st grader and is learning to understand that homework is not optional. :)  She continues her dance class with her buddies.

I am posting a link to Back to School with Team Eurasia, which was written by our Communications Specialist, Elizabeth Ahlman, who does a terrific job keeping everybody informed!  Needless to say, I am grateful.

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This beautiful photo from last weekend reminded me that our God is molding us and changing us so we can be more like Him, that I am not the potter but His clay.  Please pray that He would mold us and make us into His vessels for ministry and outreach to the lost!  Pray that we would always remember that we are His!  

Change my heart, oh God

Change my heart oh God
Make it ever true
Change my heart oh God
May I be like You

You are the potter
I am the clay
Mold me and make me
This is what I pray

Change my heart oh God
Make it ever true
Change my heart oh God
May I be like You

Praise the Lord for Poland 2013

David and I are still taking in all that we were blessed to be a part of this past summer. Our new Eurasia communications specialist devoted her time to write up what is there to tell about Poland. You can find her post here: http://eurasiablog.lcms.org/english-bible-camps-proclaim-the-gospel-in-poland/.

I pray this morning that God would lead us as we move forward with the recruitment for 2014.

If you’d like to know more, please email David at David.Fiala@lcmsintl.org.

Praise the Lord for Poland 2013 and all the previous years of spreading His Gospel to this nation and beyond!

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Miscellaneous

The school ended on June 30th so until then we were busy with school and now we are in the middle of the summer camp season.

Even though the kids adjust to changes quickly, it does take some time to acclimate. Amidst catching up with homework and school work in May, Vašek was also able to compete at the Poetry Recitation Contest on a national level. We eagerly awaited the results. In his age category, Vašek placed first! He was very excited and proudly walked to the podium to get his award.

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Emma celebrated her 6th birthday and graduated from Kindergarten. She also participated in a folk dance festival as part of regional folklore traditions education at her school. It was truly fun to be there to see her sing and dance with other little ones.

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As you can see, there are a lot of fun memories from the end of the school year! This is the first week of their summer vacation at home. They sleep in, stay up later than usual and enjoy the time in between.

Today, we took a long bike ride, and they did very well with all the traffic all around them. They are growing up so fast!

Summer Sights

Our family just returned from leading one of the camps. What a week! And what beauty all around us! We feel blessed we could go serve the children and their families. Last Sunday, the children from the camp put on a children’s program as we wanted to share what they learned at the camp. The parents and grandparents attended the church service although some of them do not come on a regular basis. The parents were so proud of their kids! We were able to share that we are on a journey, and Jesus is leading us home.
This week David continues on to northern Poland. He will be meeting teams and leading orientation before they serve. Please pray for safe travels for everyone!

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