“The world is the field and the field is the world; and henceforth that country shall be my home where I can be most used in winning souls for Christ.” — Count von Zinzendorf, bishop of the Moravian Church
After our first week in Czech, we wondered how it could get any better. We had so many wonderful conversations, were given such clear direction for the future, and were so encouraged by what God is doing in this region. Then Josiah Venture’s Fall “INSPIRE” Conference started, and all those good things kept on coming.
We joined about 350 Josiah Venture workers (both missionaries and nationals) for an intense week learning about “movements of God.” We studied the growth of the early Church in the book of Acts, and also learned about the Moravian Missionary movement that was sparked in the 18th century.
A highlight for both Lara and I was traveling with our future JV teammates on a bus tour around important sites for the Moravian Church. Did you know that one of the first (and most successful) modern missionary movements originated in a town just a half-hour drive from where I grew up?
Now a largely atheistic and agnostic country, the Czech Republic has incredible spiritual history. Within 30 years Moravian lay missionaries were sent all over the globe — the Caribbean, North and South America, Africa, the Far East — carrying out Christ’s commission by making disciples (Matt. 28:18-20). God has been working in these lands for centuries, and we pray he do a great work again in our lifetime.
This is an exciting time for us to be joining the movement of God in Central and Eastern Europe! We heard so many great stories this week of God using willing servants to build his kingdom. Some of these stories were told from the stage, while others we heard in personal conversations. Despite the many trials and suffering these leaders experience, their gaze is fixed on their Lord.
Throughout the week we grew eager to join the movement of God in this region of the world. What a joy to have been called to serve God by preaching his Word and making disciples! This week, God made even clearer the focus of our future ministry, continuing to open doors for us. We cannot wait to share more of our journey with you. But that’s for another blog post!
We left this trip truly “INSPIRE”d — anchored in God’s great acts in the past, while eager to see him work again in the present.
P.S. A big shoutout to mama Patty (a.k.a. “Nonnie”) for helping us with Judah this week! She took care of Judah multiple times, most notably all day Tuesday so we could go on the Moravian tour. And it was a special treat to be at this conference with Caleb and Haley before they head off on their own vision trip to the Balkans!