A verse that has always stuck with me is Matthew 28:19, where Jesus commands us to go out and make disciples of all nations. That verse led me to develop a heart for missions many years ago. I was not sure how mission work fit into my life at the time, so I began by joining a short term mission team from my church. We travelled to Romania to work with orphans for two weeks.
That trip changed me and God planted a dream to one day become a full time missionary. I didn’t know the where, when, and how of achieving this dream, so I continued to do short term missions and waited for God’s direction.
In January 2017 I began working as an Office Administrator at my church, and was asked to join the short term mission team that was going to the Czech Republic in July 2017. As a team, we were partnering with Mark and Gretchen Potma and their family to teach English to the Czech people at an annual English Camp. I had the privilege of working with Czech youth, which was an incredible experience. In the mornings we taught English, had social outings in the afternoon, and in the evenings we had worship, a message from our Pastor and Bible study.
Towards the end of English camp, I was sitting alone, thinking to myself that I was not ready to go back to Canada. The Czech people had invaded my heart and I felt I had more work to do there. Then I heard God clearly say, “Don’t worry. You are coming back and it will be for a much longer period.”
That has brought me to today. I have partnered with TEAM and I am living in the Czech Republic to work as a church planter.
I am stationed in North Prague, currently working at a church plant in Ládví. I live in the neighbourhood of Prosek, where we hope to plant a church in the future. As I am learning Czech, I am involved in various ministry activities including weekly Bible studies, Sunday services, and programs for women. I am building relationships with Czechs, and God has specifically placed teens and young adults on my heart. I have met teens through English Camp and I am working to maintain connections with them, build trusting relationships, mentor them, and hope to start a more official youth ministry in the future.
I never realized the need for missionaries in the Czech Republic until I was there. Many people think it is simply a vacation/tourist area, and don’t realize that 80% of the population is atheist. It broke my heart that the amazing people I was getting to know had never experienced the love of Jesus.
The battle to bring the Czech people to Jesus is a difficult one, but missionaries have seen progress through their ministries and faith over the years. There is hope, and if God is for us, who can stand against us?
Primary Prayer Request:
I am still in my first year on the field, so language study is a primary focus. Czech is a difficult language, so I appreciate prayer for learning it.
Prayer for building relationships and friendships with Czechs, especially teens and young adults as they are who God has placed on my heart.