A lot of the Czech Republic surprisingly reminds me of Indiana. Green fields stretch for miles and the pungent scent of cigarettes mixed with cheap beer bring me back to the place where Hoosiers proudly reign. But while there have been glimpses of home during my time here, I’ve also been able to see some cultural and social norms of the people of Czechia. These past two weeks have been filled with observing people take their shoes off at the door, avoiding smiles on the street and doing laundry in the kitchen.
Last Wednesday, we made the move of a whole 20 minutes from JV’s training center in Malenovice to the small town of Frýdlant where JV’s office is located. We’ve explored our new environment, worked in the JV office, and some of us even survived a crossfit workout (which my legs are still definitely feeling).
The Communications Team pretty much hung out all weekend, which consisted of lots of cooking, constant photo shoots, and living room jam sessions. Its been great getting to know each of their personalities and cute quirks. Here’s a brief introduction of the team!
Yes, being in the Czech Republic has been incredible, already packed with moments that are marked with significance. But I've realized some areas need major growth in my life.
Sometimes, growth looks like waking up at 7am because slow mornings are an emotional and spiritual need. Sometimes growth looks like finally telling yourself truths about the lies you've been believing. And I’m realizing that growth should look like continually going to the One who knows how to speak those truths back into being.
Two other quick things before I wrap up this overdue post.
1) I got my stitch out last week (yay!) and it's healing up nicely. It still hurts a little and it's starting to bruise a bit, so prayers for a speedy recovery would be grand.
2) During the first three weeks of July, I'll be traveling to Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia! I'm excited to bond with Kata, Lucas, and Marek as we make our journey across Eastern Europe.
Ahoj! Thanks so much for reading!