Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Adventures in Czech & Germany

After an amazing weekend in Prague my mom and I traveled to Hradec Kralove where we met up with Terri Reed & Amy for a prayer journey. Our mission was simple - to pray on sight - for the people & land of Czech Republic. This is something that I've done in small doses on mission trips before, but to devote 2 days to this was new for me. I quickly found that I loved it - we had some great prayer times and felt that we were led specifically by the Lord!

Here are a few pictures of our time in HK:

Our lovely Prayer Team: Myself, Amy, Terri & Mom

We walked up a tower in the center of the city to pray...here is my Czech friend, Dita as she gazed over her city.

Dita, Terri & Mom

We also got to spend some time with Sean, a missionary from Church on the Rock...he bought us dinner from a cart on the side of the road - I thought it was delicious...my mom wasn't too sure where the meat came from!

My time would not have been the same hand I not gotten to spend time with my wonderful friend, Dita Targosz! We met 6 years ago, and after my 8 trips to Czech & her two trips to Lubbock we have truly become friends! I told someone not long ago that in some ways I share more of my true heart with Dita than I do with many of my American friends. We have cried together a time or two and laughter is almost always in the air...mostly, I feel like she gets me. She too is a young woman working full-time in the church and we have been able to share frustrations, ideas, and talked extensively about how to juggle the many things dear to us.

Plus, as you can see here, we have matching coats - what are the odds of that? I think it is a sign that we were meant to be fast friends!

Oh, and Dita likes to eat with me! This was some yummy food in Germany!!!!

After two nights in Hradec, our team along with Dita traveled through Czech and Poland to Germany where we had the opportunity to pray at Herrnhut. When Callie (the organizer of our trip) first told me that we could go to Herrnhut I was ecstatic! As a missions pastor I have long been in awe of the stories that originated from this small community of passionate people. In short, Herrnhut was the home of Count Zinzendorf and he opened his home to a group of Christian Moravians who were being persecuted for their faith. These young people were passionate about two things - prayer & missions. They actually had a 24 hour prayer movement that lasted for 100 years at Herrnhut, and over the course of these years they sent out over 500 missionaries throughout the world!

When the young people decided to go they were given two things: a Bible & a coffin...the Moravians are the ones who led John Wesley to a greater understanding of the Lord and there are countless stories that would amaze you from these people...

All this to say - I was excited and expectant, and Herrnhut did not disappoint. Although I was envisioning old buildings or a museum - what was left was a simply a beautiful cemetery. As I walked through the gravestones it was actually more than I hoped for because its simplicity all the more solidified in my heart what I've always learned from the Moravians. They are not famous for eloquent words or elaborate buildings, but simply because they lived what they believed. They gave their lives with abandon & as I gazed across the cemetery the Lord spoke volumes to my heart. I'm still processing some of the things He whispered to me on the hill overlooking where the Moravians lay, so for now I'll end by sharing these pictures of my time in Herrnhut.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Adventures with my Mum

I returned last night from a FANTASTIC trip with my mom! We found ourselves in several cities in Czech Republic, a few days in New York City, and even a few hours in Germany & a few minutes in Poland (we drove through)... This trip was far better than I had hoped it would be - it was truly a block of days where it was obvious that God had ordered and directed our steps.

So I'll recap in 3 separate blogs - the first is focused on our time in Prague! We were invited by Eva Bubik to speak at their first ever Women's Conference, and it was AMAZING! We met ladies who traveled from all over the country & I even met 4 ladies who traveled through the night from Slovakia to come to the conference!

Over and over I heard ladies comment that they had never been to anything that was as nice or as relaxed at this weekend. Eva was precious and she put so much thought and time into planning this weekend. She explained that she wanted this to be fun, a place where they could connect with other ladies and be free to laugh or cry or whatever! It was just that...at one moment in the midst of the conference I walked into the cafe that was connected to the theater where the main meetings were held & I saw women craying...some laughing...others enraptured in deep conversation. I told my mom that I actually left rejuvenated myself even though we were there as the speakers!

Here are a few pics of our time in Prague

My mom spoke on the sufficiency of God - it was powerful and just what the ladies needed to hear!

Eva & the worship team were rocking!
The church runs this cafe everyday as an outreach - I LOVED it! During the conference you could always find ladies together sharing their lives...

They asked my mom & I to share one session together - it was great, and I think that the Lord used it too. During our prayer time on the last night we actually had several ladies ask us to pray about their relationship with either their mom or daughters...so cool that God used our relationship & sharing together to minister in that way!

This is called "Hot Chair" - Dita interviewed 5 ladies about how God is using their talents

Some of our favorite girls! My mom, Alice Mackovickova, Ali, Miriam, & me!

We also got to do just a bit of siteseeing!

My mom & Eva - please pray for her - she was in a car accident the day after the conference. She is going to be okay but hurt her back.

More adventures with my mom to come!

(I have some funny stories to tell too)!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

God is Love

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! My family of two had a great day reflecting on what an amazing God we serve! More than anything I've just been amazed lately at how much God loves me & the world!

In that vein, I wanted to share this video from Michael Gungor Band (Michael was the worship leader at our church in Tulsa)...

Friday, April 10, 2009

Happy Good Friday

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend! May we remember that this wonderful day for us was a horrible day for Him 2000 years ago...and yet He did it for love!

John 17:3
"And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent."

Thursday, April 9, 2009

India Info

All my friends who are in the Dallas area...make plans now for

"Good Night Red Light" - May 7th

More info coming soon!

Check out this new video from Sower of Seeds...

Take a Minute from SOS International on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Madness is Over

I guess the towel worked...

See two posts below.

Congrats Josh! Last night was a happy time in our home as the Tarheels won yet another national championship!
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