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Last Wednesday, our Slovakia team made our way to Prague to meet up with the other JV intern teams from all over Eastern Europe. It was so awesome to meet the other (16!) teams who share in the same vision of reaching the youth for Christ in their specific countries. Our team did have an advantage of having been together for a week prior, as almost all the other teams were coming off of their flights from the states and meeting one another for the first time.

After the teams had some time to meet each other, we were given a few minutes of directions and we were were off!  For the next two days we would be racing through the streets of Prague, Cesky Tesin (and some Polish village across the river from it) finding clues, sleeping on trains, forgoing showers, completing “roadblocks”, and trying to get ahead and stay ahead of as many other teams as possible as we made our way to our final destination-Malenovice.

There’s so much I could write about the Amazing Race, but I’ll try and be brief.

Prague is so unbelievably beautiful. Though I felt like I ran through every street and obscure ally in the city, I didn’t really get a chance to take it in as much as I would have liked…. Guess that means I’ll have to go back again in the future : )

The “roadblocks” during the amazing race popped up at various points and each team had to complete a task in order to move forward to the next clue. Some of my favorites were:

  • Eating  the most vile half tube of “sausage” and vomiting into a dumpster with my teammate, Hunter.
  • Giving away 6 liters of Kofola on the Charles’ Bridge in Prague.
  • Climbing innumerable stairs to the reach Stalin’s Statue.
  • Getting a “pedicure” at by fish at a Thai salon
  • Ordering Czech food at an underground pub… in Czech.
  • Finding a specific piece of Polish pottery… out of hundreds and hundreds of pieces in a little shop.
  • Answering question about JV’s history and misson in Prague’s Old Town Square

I wish I could give you all a better picture of how extensive this race was-the JV staff put so much time and effort into the planning to make it such a great experience. Out team definitely bonded and made a stack of memories we’ll take with us through the summer.

More to come on intern training at Malenovice in the next post : )

quick picture with on the Charles' Bridge in Prauge during the Amazing Race. L-R: Hunter, Melanie, Me, Miriam


here’s the “shorthand” of the last month.

may 1: moved into my new house. i love love love it. i’m sub-leasing for the summer and i’ll be living with 4 of my best friends when i return to the states.

may 11-18: family came to portland for a visit! grandma, grandpa, mom, dad, brad, steph, kate, ben, meg, kurt, megan & dave…quite the crew. so thankful for my family.

may 13: apparently i met the requirements to graduate from college : ) …so i now have a B.S. in Bible/Theology and Educational Ministries.  feels so good to be DONE.

may 21-22: went to Bend, OR to throw a brial shower for my best friend, monica. she is getting married july 3, so i will be out of the country, which is a bummer. still, it so was much fun to have one last weekend together to be ridiculous and celebrate such an exciting time in life for her. so blessed to call her my best friend!

may 24-25: traveling to slovakia. portland, oregon–washington d.c.–frankfurt–vienna, austria–zalina, slovakia. my body is still a bit thrown off by the 9 hour time difference, but it’s getting better.

may 26: getting to know my fellow interns and the other TCKompas staff. everyone i have met has been so kind and loving and has such a passion to see the youth of slovakia come to know Christ. so awesome!

may 27: in the morning the interns did promotions for our english camps at 2 different schools in zalina. about 20 classes 10 minutes each. for those of you who don’t know, i HATE public speaking (not to be confused with attention : ) but i had a total peace from the Holy Spirit when i was speaking in front of these classes.  i am certainly being stretched already, which i suppose is a good thing. in the afternoon, me and a former intern turned 2-year missionary, josh took the train from zalina to bratislava (about 3 hours south). we went to one of the “youth groups” here and talked and hung out with them for the night-so fun! my slovak is TERRIBLE, but they helped me with my pronunciations and taught me some essential phrases.

today we have some free time in the morning and then later we are going to be speaking at a youth group about the english camps. tomorrow josh and i are splitting up and going to 2 different churches in the city to share why we are here with Josiah Venture and to promote the camps as well.

i sincerely cannot believe that i have only been here 3 days. i am so excited to see what the Lord has in store for the rest of the summer. i know it will be very difficult at times, but i am praying for perseverance  in my pursuit of serving the Lord through those times.

please be praying for a few things:

1. ability to quickly build relationships with the slovak students we meet while inviting them to our english camps

2. continual humility, patience, gentleness and hearts of servanthood among the team.

3. communication. most people here speak fairly good english, but the slovak language is extremely difficult. i would love to be able to speak it better, or at least be able to sputter out some essential phrases.

also, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to everyone who supported me financially and is continuing to support me in prayer. i surpassed what i needed to raise & feel blessed beyond words.

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.” Eph 3:20-21

hannah, erin, me, alicia and natalie.. my awesome house mates come fall!

david and me at cannon beach during my family's west coast visit : )

me and monica... she is the very best of all bests! love this girl so much!

pardon my strange, hunter, melanie, josha and miriam. our awesome JV Slovakia summer intern team!