One of our big prayer requests as we started our sojourn in the States was that Elisabeth and Max would have good transitions to US schools. They did. In fact, they both had really great experiences. Now, as we return, they face the even bigger challenge of coming down from the mountaintop and transitioning back to the Slovak school system.
We hope you enjoy our Christmas greeting with photo and video flashbacks of our amazing year.
We feel blessed that we got to touch base with more friends and family than in most years, we made many new friends, and we had a ton of adventures.
Thanks for being a part of our lives and our ministry in 2016!
When I was a kid, the highlight of Thanksgiving was playing football with my uncles after the meal. They loved to mess with me and of course I would try to match their roughness, which meant that sooner or later I got hurt or just plain frustrated. When it started to show, my Dad would say, “If you wanna run with the big dogs, you gotta pee in the tall grass.”
Elisabeth got her chance to run with the big dogs recently, but unlike me, she was able to hold her own.
I always look forward to preaching opportunities. In Slovakia I get to preach on a pretty regular basis but I do enjoy the chance to preach in my native language every once in a while. Since I’m involved in the Creation Project at Trinity I was given the opportunity to preach on Gen 1 as a part of the Scripture and Ministry series at chapel. This sermon is on Gen 1 and it’s tied into the theme of sojourning that they have for this semester in chapel.
At the end of October I also had the chance to preach at our sending church in Davis, IL. There I preached a sermon on the Word of God from John 1:1-18. Click through to see a video of that message.
Here’s the sermon from Genesis 1, preached during chapel at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Max started off the concert and recital season a couple of weeks ago and now Elisabeth has just finished her violin recital. This year Elisabeth worked hard on technique and put out a great performance of “Kujawiak” by H. Wieniawski. Click through to watch the recital (we still have four more concerts or recitals so I’ll be adding more clips to this and Max’s post).
Max got to kick off the spring concert season playing Ferdinando Carulli’s Andante for his Music School’s Tenth Anniversary concert. He and Elisabeth will have their recitals June 10th and 12th and the school’s annual recital highlight concert is June 9th. [Read more…]
Not everything about home assignment is easy. It’s not easy to be away from home for a couple of months and living out of suitcases. It’s not easy to have almost zero time to work on important stuff. It’s not easy to be in the spotlight and travel, travel, travel. But spending time with family and friends is amazing.
We had a really great summer with family this year and so I was commissioned to throw together a book (I made this video instead–so far) as a remembrance. Sweet memories. I thought I’d share it here as well so you can see the other side of home assignment.
I’ll end with a quote from Max,
Oh why can’t that summer happen again–oh why can’t that summer happen again.
Oh, and a link to our summer photos