Forgive us for the radio silence! This summer has been full and busy and we have really enjoyed our first summer in Europe. Though it seems like long ago, it was only in mid-June that we had the pleasure of my family from Australia coming to visit. Uncle Vin, Aunty Aki, Mama Chan (Poh-poh) and Aunty Lin all made the long trek from the Australian winter to sunny Brno via a myriad of cities.
We had a really sweet time with family and they were able to see a lot of central Europe - Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava, Česky Krumlov, Telč, Prague and of course, our home - Brno. We also had a lovely visit from my Godma who came from Finland. While mum and Lin were here we also had an opportunity to help out with an English camp run by Young Life. Mum and Lin were integral prayer warriors during the camp as well as highly anticipated cooks for a day - treating the Czech kids and workers to some Asian cuisine! I (Kim) was able to teach some English and practice a lot of Czech with my young students while Adam worked the tech side of things for the camp. It was a great learning experience for us and we were grateful to serve in that capacity. God proved faithful during the camp and it was great testimony to the power of prayer. Soon after our visitors left us I started a Summer School at Masaryk University. I have just finished week three of a four-week intensive course where we have school 6 days a week for 5 hours at a time! It is gruelling and I feel like I'm drinking from a Czech grammar fountain! But it is a lot of fun to have an opportunity to be in a classroom setting once again with students from all over Europe. And though it feels like the majority of my classes are grammar instruction, I also have phonetics class, cultural excursions and singing sessions every Saturday at noon - where we learn traditional Czech songs!
Amidst Summer school we celebrated our daughter turning four years old with a small garden party of good friends. We have been blessed with a joyful, observant, imaginative child who brings light to our family. I can't believe all that has happened in her short four years of life! We were also fortunate enough to get away for a weekend camping with friends which turned out to be a fun cultural experience! Toby enjoyed roaming free and both Anika and Toby slept well after a short 10km walk. As we look forward to the fall there are a few things to be praying about. Anika will be starting at a new all-day Czech kindergarten, Adam will be starting a second semester at university and we will have the pleasure of having Adam's mum and sister out for a visit. We anticipate starting to host a small gathering a new believers again in September and celebrating a year in country on October 1st! We are overflowing with stories of God's faithfulness and goodness toward us while we have been here. We continue to be humbled and grateful for your support through prayer and finances. We hope you enjoy the gallery of photos documenting our summer.