Four years ago a dear mentor suggested I go to Prague for a three-week mission trip. Secretly, I laughed at the idea. Missions trips are for third world countries where there is no running water and disease-carrying insects crawl around like alien spawn. Where life is hard and people are poor and children have no food. Missions trips are for the dark corners of the world… But by the grace of God, my college plans took a turn for the non-existent and a trip to Europe seemed like a good way to fill my summer. Oh, how He works.
Prague, I discovered, is beautiful – more so than I could have imagined. The Czech people are bright, caring and adventurous and their culture is rich. But I also discovered that the dark corners of the world are not limited to lands without running water. Darkness prevails where the light of the Gospel has been smothered. Learning this lesson was a humbling experience and for the last three years I have been praying, hoping and planning to come back to share the good news – Christ is risen, death is conquered.
In His great mercy and providence, God has paved a way for me to go to Prague to teach English! I am excited to begin this new adventure, to meet new people and visit new places. But most of all, I am excited to share the hope and peace that I have in Christ with my friends in the Czech Republic.
“But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.”