Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Blog from Prague
Yes, that poetic title indicates that Sandra and I have moved to Prague, in the Czech Republic. We have moved here to further our work with Lifework Forum, since my retirement from full-time pastoral ministry.

Today was our first post-pastorate Sunday. Instead of getting into a warm car and driving 6.8 miles to church, we took a bus, then a tram, then we left that tram and caught another one. After the second tram, we caught another bus. This took an hour, but it was well worth it as we were well-fed by the message from Luke 10:25-37.

We are still in the getting acclimated phase, but we have our bus passes, our Czech phone numbers, and next month will have our own apartment. On November 2, we head out to Bulgaria to do ministry in at least four different cities.

God is good.

By the way, like most missionaries, we have to raise our own support. If you like to help in this regard, there are two ways to donate. You can send checks to Lifework Forum at PO Box 124, Lititz, PA 17543 or donate through PayPal at our website, Regular support and the prayers of the saints would certainly be appreciated.

Stay in touch, Coffee Drinkers.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

So, Let's Move There!

In my last post (yes, I know it was a while ago) I explained about the trouble we had getting to Prague on our last trip. So, how do we respond to such challenges? Why don't we just move to Prague? OK, we will.

On October 17, Sandra and I will once again board aircraft and head toward Prague (with a brief stop in London). This time it is for the purpose of finding a home and settling in.

Details?  Well, here are some.  We've been working with families in Europe for more than a decade. We (Sandra more than me) fly there regularly to meet with families and groups. Now that I am retiring from full-time pastoral ministry on October 16 (oh, you didn't know that, either?), we are convinced that God has called us to be closer to the scene of the ministry.

So, we'll go. We'll give up our cozy home on the lake, the proximity to our grandkids, and the life we've gotten accustomed to living. Before you get all teary-eyed (I know some of you were getting there), we will be going to a wonderful city, with some friends already in place. We have a line on an apartment and a church. I love the food.

We won't just be sitting around in the city, however. The idea is to visit, speak, counsel, help people all over Europe. We already have several trips planned (including one to Africa, a remote part of Europe).

Please pray for us. We still need financial support, of course, but mostly we need prayer.