Hi we are the Harrods, or the Harrodovi, as we would say here in Czech – Zach, Míša and Oliver!
Zach is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh with a BA degree in Religious Studies, with an emphasis on Islam (after dabbling in Radio/TV/Film for 3 years). His world was turned upside down his freshman year of college, and became a follower of Christ during that year. During his time at UW-O he was heavily involved with CRU, ministry with my church RiverValley, and a smattering of other things. Zach was also a four year letterman on the football team with the TITANS at UW-O.
After graduating he packed his bags and got on a plane heading to Prague, Czech Republic for what he thought would be about two years of work with Athletes in Action (the sports ministry of CRU), well those two years turned into nearly a decade of serving with AIA, mostly spent in Prague. While serving with AIA in Prague, Zach served within two primary capacities; 1) the small community of American football (as a player, coach, mentor and etc.) in Czech; 2) the sports university of the Charles University. In his years of ministry with AIA Zach saw God bring relationships from many different communities and his heart to reach out beyond the sports world grew and grew. Following God’s leading in his life Zach transitioned from AIA to TEAM, so he could continue to be a “missional insider” to the American football community in the Czech Republic, serving as a coach for the Prague Lions and also to do what has been a desire of his heart for years – Church Planting and seeing faith lived out in real, even sometimes gritty, missional ways to a city (Prague), country (Czech) and continent (Europe) that ache, unknowingly, for a Savior.
More about Míša to come soon…
It is our prayer that God would reach the Heart of Europe, Prague and the Czech Republic, and that in reaching the Heart of Europe He would reach the Whole of Europe and that Jesus would be made much of on this continent once again.
Míša, Oliver Eduard
Church Planting, missional living amongst the American football community of Czech Republic, children’s ministry, Anti Human-Traficking. seeing vibrant Missional Communities started in and throughout Prague and Czech.