To catch you up on what is happening with our efforts to get 3 new discipleship groups off the ground… I must say that it has been a challenge but we are moving along slowly. The “slow” part is what has been challenging me on a personal / spiritual level. I am just being honest and I seek your prayers for wisdom and patience.
As reported before, our first group has met twice and tonight will be our third meeting where we will ask our moderators to lead the session while I observe and add to the conversation as they need me to. Our second group which is a women’s group, has yet to meet. They tried once but for whatever reason, no one came. I am not sure if this was due to circumstances or possibly we did not “advertise” the meeting enough. Our primary moderator was a bit disheartened about this but they took the opportunity to pray for the women of the church and tried to encourage each other. Their second attempt was called off because, I think, of work conflicts. They are now rethinking a meeting night which would work better. The third group which is to be a youth group in a neighboring city, also has not met yet. I have been communicating with my potential moderator there and he is a little worried because we have not found a translator to help me when I come to their city. I still find it amazing how hard it is to find people to volunteer their time to do this and quite frankly, we do not have enough money in our budget to pay people as professional translators. So, we are weighing the possibility of my plunging in with no extra help and relying on the moderator to use what English language skills that he has for us to simply get the process started. This is certainly not the best solution but it is a solution.
So, again I ask you to pray that God’s will be done in this project. It was my strong desire to push and do whatever was necessary to see this become a reality but with little help in gaining new translating assistance and facing the reality of my limited time remaining here in Czech Republic, I am wondering what may come of it. I do believe that this project was God directed but in the end, I can only do so much. I know that God has to bring any positive results. I am trying to do my best to proceed while also coming to peace with the fact that there are many things which are out of my control completely. This is not the easiest place to find yourself. I am sure you have been there too at some point in your Christian walk. Well, I hope to report more positive things later. Thank you for your prayers. God bless you.