We did it. We’ve finally made it to the Czech Republic! After a month of AWESOME training in Pasadena, CA (where we met the BEST people in the world - literally), Cody and I have settled into our flat in Most. While the city isn’t the…well…prettiest, our flat is pretty much incredible. I watch the stars come out over a castle from my balcony or the window seat in my kitchen every night. I’m definitely in the honeymoon stage of overseas life. I love this country and the people, and, for now, the language barrier has been somewhat amusing. I have the absolute bare basics of Czech, as in I can order food, count, and say “Sorry, I don’t speak Czech.” My favorite moment of experiencing confusion was when a little boy came up to Cody and me in the mall. He started talking to us, and I automatically said “Nemluvim cesky.” He ran off, and from around the corner we saw a gaggle of kids peering at us. He talked to them for a minute and then returned saying “Please, can I have penny?” We laughed and were saying “ne” (no). When he wouldn’t leave, Cody said “NO,” whereupon he got very excited and held out his hand, ready to receive the payment. It was then that we remembered that “no” translates to “yes” in Czech! Oi! How much more backwards could this be?
School starts this coming Thursday. Already. Summer is gone. *Sigh.* I’m officially teaching in two different towns from the ones that I teach in, with seven different classes ranging from grades 5 to 12ish. Both of the school are state schools, so they are academically more rigorous than others. Please keep our students up in prayer. They are the main focus of our ministry, so pray that we teach in a manner honoring to God. I miss you all and love you dearly. Ahoj!