Lara and I recently celebrated our second wedding anniversary! During our time of much needed rest and refreshment up at Lake Geneva, WI, we reflected God’s faithfulness throughout our years together; we also took time to pray and cast our gaze toward the future. Unsurprisingly, the Czech Republic remained a common theme throughout our conversation. One thing is certain: our hearts are bound together in our love for the Czech people.
We returned to Chicago following last year’s internship in the Czech Republic to an “interlude”—in between the closing of one chapter and the beginning of a new one. Lara had graduated from Moody in May and returned to full-time work in the city; I, Tyler, finished my degree in December and also got a full-time job. It has felt like difficult labor at times, but it has also been a time of great joy: developing rich relationships with coworkers, living life close to my brother and sister, both being in my brother’s wedding, and even presenting an academic paper at a meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society.
Through it all, we have felt that God has been using this time to prepare us for the next stretch of the race, and to give us a vision for a lifetime of fruitful ministry. He has been shaping and crafting a heart in us for His work in Central Europe, and we would love to share with you the direction He is leading us.
In short, Lara and I have a burden to have a part in training a next generation of Christian leaders in the Czech Republic—a country with rich spiritual heritage and promising new opportunities for biblical and theological training. Lara’s heart is especially for pastors’ wives and families, as she recognizes how a healthy home directly impacts a fruitful ministry. I myself would like to offer biblical and theological teaching in a variety of contexts–be it around the dinner table, through seminars, and hopefully one day in higher education. Our vision is to see Czech leaders, teachers, and pastors equipped to serve both church and society, to be faithful stewards of God’s Word, and to be effective witnesses of the Gospel. Lara and I know that others share this vision–and we look forward to partnering with them in the years to come.
Because of this, I will be entering Trinity Evangelical Divinity School this fall to work on an MA in Old Testament and Semitic Languages. Through this degree I hope to gain the necessary skills and experience to be able to teach Biblical Hebrew and Old Testament theology in the Czech Republic, and also continue on to a PhD in Europe. The Czech Republic has very gifted scholars in the Old Testament field, and I hope to eventually enter dialogue with them, as well as bridge this scholarship in helpful ways to young Christian leaders. The Older Testament is an incredibly rich source for theology, ethics, and encouragement, and it has much to offer the Church.
We know that it is a long road ahead of us. But we are so excited! Would you pray for us as we open this next chapter? You have stood by Lara and I so faithfully till now; we have been so blessed by your support. In addition to prayer, would you consider giving financially toward my education in this next season? My tuition spread over two years will cost roughly $12,000. We believe that the investment we place into studies at Trinity will build into decades of future ministry. We would be honored if you would partner with us as we follow God’s call on our lives, that we may all be a part of God’s movement in Central and Eastern Europe.