Leah Cox's blog of youth ministry in the Czech Republic with Josiah Venture (plus stuff)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

We're goin' to America!

Jakub, Zuzka, Leni, Evicka, me and Jozef in the front. Yeaaaaaaaah! Monday we go to the US Embassy in Prague to get their visas so we can all go to the States. We'll fly into O'Hare November 4th, go straight to Davenport and be there until Nov 10th whe we'll drive to Chicago and be in the Chicagoland area until they fly out on the 18th. I fly out on the 25th.

The purposes of our trip are the following:

*For their cultural and language education--this means stuff like sight seeing, and also I'd love for them to be able to experience US high schools and also to be able to volunteer at various places.

*For my US peeps to get to know some of our students and leaders! Many of you have been giving and praying for me and the ministry here, and I know sometimes it can be a little abstract, so I really want you, my dear friends and family, to be able to get to know some of the people you're a part of.

*For us to be able to go to Josiah Venture's Peoria and Chicago vision nights (November 8 and 13). These vision nights are a part of JV's 2X3 Campaign...for more info or to RSVP, please go here.

*For them to reconnect with friends from Camps and from Moody visits.

More details to come! :)

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Wonder Twin Powers, activate!

Me, Bonnie and Aubree! I'm so thankful for these young women. They are already taking South Bohemia by storm! Bonnie has the very cool gift of preaching/teaching and already we’re reaping the benefits of God speaking through her—she’ll be a frequent teacher at Friday night youth groups. She graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago with a degree in Communications and Missions. Aubree’s passion for discipling spills out in her spending tons of time with students and encouraging them to fan into flame their first love. She’ll be leading/co-leading a girls’ small group with Klara from Pisek. Both girls will also be discipling students, teaching at English Clubs, visiting area youth groups, and learning Czech. We’re also talking to the Strakonice High School about teaching English a few times a week. ☺

Aubree called an all-girl party with youth group and camp friends and eating chicken enchiladas (Cassie's recipe). I think I ate 3.

Sweet Pavla from English camp made her first tortilla.


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Eva Eve: Girls’ Weekend, October 17-18

YAY! Maybe you remember me writing about the book Eva Eve (for more info, click here). It’s a book by (mostly) Czech women for Czech girls about purity, dating, growing up with God, life. Based on the book are weekend retreats for girls and we’ll have our first Strakonice Eva Eve weekend soon! Alca, Kakushe and I are putting this together and we hope to have a lot of our believing girls, almost believing girls, and non-believing girls there. Please pray that they’ll come, come with open hearts and through this draw closer to Jesus.

If any of you are interested, this was all inspired by Dannah Gresh’s book And the Bride Wore White—you can also find material for doing your own retreats here.


Exit316 The Mission: Thursday nights, 5pm in Strakonice

Exit316, a Christian Czech television program for youth, is on the air again! Each week the heroine of the show, Marketa, deals with different aspects of life (conflict, beauty, forgiveness, etc) and gradually discovers God’s perspective as we watch her from the perspective of angel Krystof and demon Desmon.

It’s being shown on CT2 at various times, but the real goal of the program is to jump start seeker small groups and Exit Clubs. Our Strakonice gang will have our first Exit Club this Thursday at 5pm at Alca and Martin’s. Please keep us in your prayers!!!

To see the the newest episode, click here.


EXIT316 MISE trailer

It's here again, new and even better, more film like. The eternal conflict between good and evil. Go with it. It's already coming. From September. Watch your television: Exit 316 The Mission. Starting with the school year on Czech Television.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Croatia! JVKid's camp and vacation...

Hannah and I--Hannah is the wisest 16 year old I know. Talking and praying with her that week was a joy!

All the JV kids and staff. Thank you so much Becca and Ken and Andrea for all of your hard work, teaching, and love. You make it fun to serve.

Luc and Jitka at the Sali sweet shop. Good times...even though our vacation on Dugi Otok was short, it's full of memories.

Probably my favorite place to be, by the sea, in the sun, READING and THINKING. What luxury! HaHA!

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Why Europe Rocks: Reason #35

See Cro-a-tia, in your Ki-i-a...

While stuck in traffic jams in front of the Sv. Rok tunnel leaving the Croatian coast, Lucka and Jitka and I started keeping track of cars and countries.

Most frequent countries:
HR (Croatia); SLOvenia; CZech; PoLand; SlovaKia; Hungary; Deutschland; Italy

Countries seen once or twice:
Sweden; DenmarK; LiThuania; BulGaria; CH (Switzerland); TuRkey; Boznia I Herzegovnia; MK (Macedonia)

Most frequent cars :
Opel, Renault, Skoda, Citroen, Seat, Toyota, Ford, Audi, Fiat, Honda, Hyundai

Least frequent cars:
Lada, Subaru, Alfa Romeo, Kia, Chevrolet, Mitsubishi, Suzuki

Cars with disputed country of origin:
Mazda (Japan, not Germany)
Alfa Romeo (Italy, not Serbia)
Audi (Germany, not Saudi Arabia)
Opel (Germany, not France)
Hyundai (Japan, not Korea)
Fiat (Italy, not Poland...but that was confusing)