The day we left America, I wrote a post about how God has the power to do more than we could ask or imagine.
I didn’t realize how true that post would be to this trip.
Right from the start, God has blown away every expectation, surpassed every vision and done more than we’ve asked. And we’re only a few days in.
It started with our train ride from Prague to Cesky Tesin. A few of the young people we’ve met on previous trips came to pick us up at the airport and made the four hour ride with us. I fully expected to catch up a bit, and then spend roughly three hours getting some much needed sleep. Instead, God began unfolding His answer to a prayer I’ve been praying for five years. I sat there in awe as these young people shared a vision they have to impact youth, young adults and university students for Christ, and tossed around the idea of seeing a full-fledge Ignite branch in Czech.
Moment of awe, number 1.
All throughout these past few days, there have been two guys in particular with which I’ve really wanted to connect. Language and schedule barriers have stopped the connection in the past, and I knew God had something deep he wanted to do in their lives. Not only has He provided opportunities to spend time with these guys and really speak into their lives, they’ve become like brothers to me – complete with the constant teasing and mutual encouragement of each other.
Moment of awe, number 2.
Earlier today, my team and I rearranged our schedule and had lunch with a couple I had the privilege of meeting on last year’s trip. This couple just recently built their own home, a rarity in Czech, and wanted us to see it. After an amazing home cooked meal, and a few rounds of Dance Central on the Kinnect (complete with embarrassing videos of yours truly trying to dance), we began talking more in depth about the vision they shared on the train ride mentioned above. I was able to speak a lot of hope into their situation and challenge them not to wait until they have supporters and money and full time positions, but to begin doing small things now that will get them to their dream. It was a powerful time of prayer and mentoring and helping equip young people to change the world.
Moment of awe, number 3.
There are so many more stories I could share just from our first four days in this country, such as seeing these youth step out of their comfort zones to impact the lives of others, or reconnecting with young people here and standing amazed at what God has done in their lives this past year, but this post can’t hold them all.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” – Ephesians 3:20-21
God has done exceedingly more than we could have ever asked or imagined on this trip already. I can’t even begin to fathom what the next week and a half has in store.
Thank you all for your prayers and financial support. God is moving mightily, and we wouldn’t have experienced any of this without you.