IGraham Kervin

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'1i 0 na I~ hi co ~d w~i nter has fli n a ill ~l biro ke n fn:-!E! and ls eru po ng 'i nto vrn 8 .. W ,81111 a rou ndl u s, And c{JI d it wasl F rom m 'j d-Januarv to ea r~ty Mia rch th e' gro und rema rn n,edl Cle rnented over by sn ow and lee, w~ith each day bril nlg~ ng a nJ!ew coati ng tOI replace w hat w,ou~ld dare atternpt to melt, IBut alll~l th at is, now behl nd UISj, and w'le ca n't pa ck away' th e

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swea ters ,81$_ enoug II ~.,., •. nle qurte a t 1_, las appenec smce ImrV as _ news e e. er,

see i n,g: as how' the la st ti m e' l~ w'rote 1 was sti ~II' we!aJ rw ng s h 0 rts, But whe'r,e' my last news letter left off U ust after our two enorm OUIS hI successful Eng:1 lsh ca mIP'S.)j this

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grou In dswel~ ~I ou r work has seen slnce then,

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gilvi ng enclosure to our actlvlf !es: we fou nd a center; V~irt ua~lh~ st umbl ~ing 'OV!S! r th e ve ry [property we had had ou r ,ey,e's on for months, ,81 n a dvantage 0 us peek lnto ,8 space for rent led us. to an ;cH~lja cent bul I d lng, w'hen:~in w'e fou nd the lo rig-sought-

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[8 er space t at WOU . quic .'" Y ." ecome t e eac quarters or ,(llovat "D '. " ,omove,.

Soo n after the paperwork wie nt: through 'we' stormed th e s pace (m1oilre than ,2,100 m2)

lin Ofl'''ch:1!r 'wor 'you 001 glet a r9e1111 feel f-or the kinds of Irv\e!S, that we ,8re da~II~' ,affsicting ,~nd being afrfsctsd by~, iit ~8, im pnroolnlt for 'you 'to be able t.Q1 see ,ooncr,st:elly' the! faces 'th,81t 81re SeD. much ii:3i psrt (lff' our rsgllLl!lar ro Ui1tint8:~_! 8ctilvitisi8! a Iild 'v1s:i:on, Sind to whom we d!8'Ij\crts iEi~ much of o ur 'tiinils! elnlef'\gy~ IPrayers~ eilnd Ilo\fe"

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Iml~5t Ol-tterii I' be ,that, ,Ellt [) U1r celFlrter 8lfter school, at speciailIProglr8ims we p uit on, !lJlr almost any lUther 't~me' 'WE w8111k. out ths 'f'W'QJ'1it door.

1th~, mla~n Bctiivity rnorn ,~t our n ew' m,~ill~ty

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ge1lme' time! dUirling one Cliff: our b-m CDril'lthly'

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with brooms, IMIOPSj wmndOiw and tol let c lea ners, :8 In d a host of Czech teen he lpers j a In1 d com p I ete I V' t ria nsforme di the' f8J,d Irnty 'i n th e' leo u rse of ,8 d,ay~ [~n the 'ens u~ng 'weeks 'w'le' carpeted severa I~ of the' rooms, be ught fu rln iit u Ire t- a ndl pa m nted most of the walls, and nO'wj know n !by ~its Czech moniker,

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hub for most of the activlties we n ow have 'i In mof 0111.,

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we now 'rJDCUpy' EIle SP@Ilci ous 3;rd floor

[~'n r ln ct' ''':iI n ii"'"E!I; ':JI e ':ll W":!ii,J' to kee n r'nn n e- cte 'd' t' n t'- h £!Ii 't- 0 £:5Jln e 'w· '£!Ii 1m' '. 0*1' 't-IL\..; rOil In eh the If"'~ m" p' 'if"

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w!e 'i m me d late b,!' 0 rrJ<ene d ou r doors after schoo ~ durl n:g: the week for st udents (h iigh school and un '"lfi·V,:,o,IIi"\f"'I'ty-·, 'I IIJno}I .. i1na for :::!il 'n,lll':ic-e' "'0' crash So IEiiv"'ID,ry' Tuesdav W·· ·Ci.dn,ifli'If"~;O;]U ,.;;Ii',- V iOI 1_ :: II ~~I.;;II_,~ ~lv_lli\lu Ie I~!vl '011 It""'RIr,,1~- 1i,._Ii,;.oU'I;]I", ,. ,'v .~' ~ .... ~ '!.;;~, 01:;1 . .~~ ~lln;;,,;,'UI'~lfji'

a no Thu Irs,dalY w'le offe r ho u rs for peopl e to come an d hang ou t 'wlth U 5., pi ay' [Foos ba ill 10 r Pi ng POlriig~ p[~,aiY G UI lta r H ero or Da nee I' ID,81 n ce ReV'ol~ utio n, 0 r s~ m p~ly slt a round and chat, 'We now have! steadl ~y cornl ng 10 to' 15 peop~J,e' EfV'ery day, 181 nd It:

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DIU ~ moretnan Slimp~y orrenng ,8 ~Iew ~ lours, 0_ own nrne eac Wleefrlr..1 WeJiy ~O lI\eep

things fresh, iinb:1'resting" and splrltual by' n~'g:ul~arhl incorporating programs and seminars. Sinc's the fall II we halve mal ntal ned bl -mo nth h, Ch rlstian p rograms, whii!tit'ru

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name, More than two dozen pe,o plille' atten died rnts 3,-dJ,8Y CQUI rse and had a lot of good

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w!e,eks: IJister 'w'!e ,asked onJ!e of' our fr'jends frOlml IEngllish 1E:V'en'irrugs. to .c:ome ,iillnd t'e'cu:h

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Mitch ,and MalrkBta trililng out their recelflt I ~e'ElJllnling~, dUrilng a Ireeernt B'emiinar on ,~u991Iiiil,g

m aster the ,al rt of two i' then th ree Iballl~s iln the! ,8 rnrJ' and" m ore a p pro'priat!eIYt how to dodge 'w',alvwardl~y flung objects ::)

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together reunions for each of the camps. [f;or the ,AW,81'V Camp 'WIlE!' returned to the' !E"~ rna pension '"lin J~n .... r .... lchov for ~ 'WBiE!iiI~'ond of O'~'m" es II).. "I It. "I lli"!i!g movies and zenera ,~,~I .,~ . i~~I'~'~!V' _~ IU ·~_~··V'·····c 6 ··dGI\.~··;,;,1 games, ~IIII~. lilLi' '_'~'~'.;:Jij ~ L_ ,bll~'I'i:="a

re ~1;8:X;8tiIOln. Though the' n umbe rs 'were ,8 Ilitth~:!' dl!OiW'mll from what they' were in the sum mer, several of the teens, that came brought fde nds, .$·0 it W',as. a great ch ante to

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p I a c:'e' ,8 ga i n ~i n 0 I om 0 U c, thl s ti meat the' z'Ok.:la,dn"'(J" a nd ~i n stead of I~ i m iti ng acf vitii,es to the' dl,sy", we 0 pted in stea d fo r a ~I!ock-.'i In. $0. 0 n a ch ~ IIV F'ri daiY' Ii1 light we all ~ p:i II!edl in

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,0 . I e warm. ,IIIU 0 _DlliE! ,cen .er ,an, p u,8lye _ ,81 u . In., ,s, O!I gBlml es.j! IIl.QUlrna Imlen~s,~ a _ e pizza

a nd other snacks, and ,8 I~ I but: the bravest ~ew fi n a ~lly era sh ed 0 n t h e !DO u the's. and on the floc r once the evening's ad rena lln rush final ~Iy gave <0 ut,

got a I iitt I e creative ,8 In d threw a couple of p 81 rf es for th e teens ~ The' first was an Erne lPart,y~, and based on the elmlotiiv,e' musical roots of the "em o" a d age.l the'

n 'I crlll..··i,j_"" IEiiV'1Eii nts revo Inval'..!II ;b;~llall!.:':; i~ '.!~ . I::-;;;J 'I~¥, iU· .,·cu

a IIOU nd ,8 I~t!e r native ,8 In d lndle muslcal themes, Ii nc~1 udlng the' clothes W,E!' a II~ wore, the' co nstant strea rn of m usl c vii deos p rO"j ecti rig: ~I n the background, armd the th erne of the d evotlona I~ 't houghts, S,i nee' ma ny of the kid s that come to 0 U r ,j3lcoivi'tmles 'b~!'nd tOI wea r me re expresslve clothing elmbl~.a,z.onled wlth ba n ds j sloga n s, ;8 Iri dl ot her fOlr rns of' "c h a ria cte rj;,." th ls was a fu n cha In ce fo r the m to go ail I out ::)1 An d sho![rt~iy after the ElmlO Pa If tv' we' em braced the flu n of H alll()lw',e'enj

Monika at the me.r-cy olf: the' rCr-~wdl \ in 8 ga me of :secret, Igestures

RSlnCe I 1M8~ Sind LUlk"8 halF"l,ging out 81tths Emo Perty

Be\fe!ral [lrf' the! ginls :rsh~wing []flr: 1GMeir' lHIell[]wslE!:n C~gtunlles

A, Hellllow,9Brii Sh~8S8 ,it-,a,i9iw1Ir-·lnrll eo nunk "5i dsshi t"'i n ~ C'I::II,' , :t:1 '1::11 t'" II I ...... ~ ,,!l:ICI! I' 1:=11

zombie, en un-dead faliroyl' .Albe!IT; Eihl~EEin, and OUlr' 'rSrOOIr-ft.e Cd pad CruBede:r

w hi ch tra d ito a na I~ I Y' lsn' t rn U ch re cognl zed rn rru E u ro pe. But that did n' t sto p a ny<o n e. !, I~ nstea d, everYCNil,e' wh 0' carne n3,al:I~ly' en,ruo:v'ed rn nd u Ilgm ng m 1m t h ls o P portu nity to d ress up m t,e' even/thrnng from zombie prlncesses to swamp thlngs to IBatman., And g~ve'n the jj U In dead" nat U Ire! of th ~i n gs i 1M 'j cha e I Ja ckso n's 'UThr'j ~II er" vrndi!eo e'v'en inspired the' devoti on dll t h aug hts ~

Shnwling my appl'l9CllaltllO:F1J 'm:r ~evE!:rall of thle! reg ulars who frieque!!tJ1t our elctfv;iti:e5

IBut 'jt. lsn't a III crazv ,81 nd com pl~,ete I'y uno rtlh odox at th e zd kladna j for 'w!e a Ire quite able to embrace the ~lless eccent ric hollidays ,8S 'w"e ~II' :)1 Wlhe'n Th,anksg:h/rnng rol led a nound 'w',e' fb'~11 owed ou r n ormal t:n~dili 0 nand revved U Pi ,e'v,e'ry Qv,en w,e' ICO U Id find. 'We 'irruvited rna ny of <0 ur Cze ch friends beforehand, and erven dleleg,i3rt,ed to t hem ere rta ii n Am 8'rii,ca n n:H::rn pies and d uti es SI(]! that, when the actu a I~ d81~l a rrlved the' $,eve!lrall ta Ib~l!es we! had set up fa r th fa! occas ion groa In ed be neath th e pie nti tu de' wle lghl ng the m dow n ,. 'l1u rik'E!'Y", c h m«:lk.enj potatoes sweet potatoes; rol~ I s, era n bell" ry sau ce, and 'ev'e rythi ng eilse we cou Id consl d er perlp hera~1 crowded the tabl es and the n 0 u r plates a s 'we go rg,ed I~ ~i ke ro'ya ilty. ID u Ir~ rrng the mea II~ p rovid ed S() m e thoughts as to th e 0 rlgl n s of th e! ho I iid aYj, and after the fea sf ng hald SUI bsl de dI w,e' Ic:I~,e'a red the' ta Ib~les a ndl escaped to the' couches to ~1'ol~1 away' OUlr post-mea I~ st u por.

And just a 'fe'w 'w'!e!eks after Tha n ksg]ving we lalfgel~y recreated the' process 'in eelebration of Christmas. 'W'e' kept the meal among farnllv, though, SIS the Bea~IIs" Dunseat h 50; and. .s h ockl eys j 0 i In ed us fa r the h a I wday,s.. And I'i Ike' before, after i In d u I gl ng: in the bountifu I edrn b les, we ,$,etUedi into the' co u ch es to watch s,ev,e ral~ ho.I ilday film favorltes, 'But. not just fo r IOU rsel ves I' we all so' put on two Ch rlst ml as pa miles t o n e 'fa r the teens I' and o n e for the lE ngJis.hJ E:V'en'i ngs g ro UI p. ~I n a ntii d patton of these festivilti es, ,8 OOU ple weelks beforeh and we iinviited the teen s to hel~ p m ake Ch rlstmas ornam rents: a In d d eco rations fa r the' z(J'k:lo,dn,fl and au r new' tree, S,Cl Ion ce the p lace looked a Ib~lt more' 'I ~ike Ch rlstrnas we kl eked o!ff the p 81 rties, d uring w'h lch w',e' p,ll,syed games,

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Mitch I' Tarka, sind IR8rleik iE!'8ge,rly Sl!IlN8,ving tns: am pie Then ksgviiing :sDSnE!'

The h ungw''J Ih@lidcry ~rowd ehowiifl1g down

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~,n~,.,~L"[Eiid··1 on g'.'IOQ,:·[·d: ies. and "In' tro 'd:[ u raid the ,C', zechs to that m·· ost notorious of hOI 11;'ld:-:~v

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purse got, _ ut everyone rea y got 8.1C out 0 It"

IBut the hands-down hit of the' party' W',8 sou Ir [Chi rlst m as skit, MI,i)1 ny of' the Czechs w'e know havle nevler heard the fu~11 Christmas storv [for how much dC:H:~S a manger Site ne rle',alll~y comm unlcate 7')" so 'w'e ~Ie,arpt at the' chain ce to rete I~I 'it 'in I ~vii ng ICOIO'11" and bring, [8 ntt~l,e' m o!lre dept h to the season, Thai nks to Co rey',!), bea utifl~ ~11'l ,81 n d h ii I a rlous ~IV' crafted scrl pt, W'le each assu med our rol es, donn eel our ou tflts, iim provlsed on prO[IPSj! [8 nd deftl V' perfo rm ed IMia ry [and Joseph's [ournev to B[ethl!,e,he'm andl the wondrous events, surrounding Jesus' birth.

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b lundlle rs" eve ryan e ~Iioved ~it I: ~l don't know ho'w' rna ny com p llrn e nts we Irece'~iV'edl fn r our work, but it became Ic~[e[alr that QU r h urn bll[e' Imtt:l!e skit ha d stru ck [al meaningful chord because 0 n IV days 111[8t:!er w'e received an ii nvrntation to perfo rm the skit at: the' III - hl h- 11).., I' 0-' I I' A' d -.' I I f I - d

walrgest .. ' i,g I . SC~iIHO!OI i n t, O'm,O'I~C:., n __ expecting 0111 V a coup e oi 'C asses to come ann

watch, w'e drop p ed ou r Jaiws as the au drntOlr~u m soon fijll~led wlth hu n d reds of students! ,A11:e r ,ell wa rm lntrodu ction from a d rn recto ~ w'le' took [a dee p breath [and dove rnnto ~t .. ,And 'w'hen our last words w'er,e' spoken the students erupted lrrto a sta ndl ng ev.artii[o n t hat: lasted q u iite ~Io n g~ Th ms tota ~I hI' fl oo red usa nd afte rwa rd m a ny' of the students we know there Cal me u Ill' to say hii and thank us i, W'e were sh ocked that: something thls reliigrn,ous and this u,I]i,p,ro/essio[J[Q'1 could ever happen [at ,8 Czech sc h 00 I~, but tha In ks be to Gad fo r [8 [~I'ow i ng U,$ to tel~ I his sto PI and p rove y[e't aga ~i n that: out of' humble beglnnlngs m'i;ghtv thlngs emerge,

CC]n3.y Bind II Imlodelling our 'sollutio ns for JostE!:ph Sind ;~I ;chief shephll3:rd

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nled the Children's Horne on thelr annual 'Wiint[e'r Retre'i3lt deep lnto the mountains. IFeu r fo u r days we und e rtook [e'v,e'rytlhiing ilml,8lgii nabl e, from ga mes an d other a[ctivii-

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H!.8\I;in9 some 'fun duriilF"l 9 the Oh~h1ren~s

Home ye8rl~ WiirvlJe'r R'etW'88t

I:e,~diing the leve!Nlmlll;~lrri,g Lalmlp lDenc:e art 'the MitU'e;ert

Ths IDotm,ge vI/here' the reIJreat, took pllscej ,ensc~riH.)ed de,ep in ,8 wintler wo.nrdelrl8riid

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pill e out back to the fu mace i in th e baseme nt from watch Ii ng 'fi il rns to pal nrtii ng ,8 In d hurl Ii ng ou r 'w',ay th rough th rle e feet of snow ~ n ;81 n a bso lute hlle'xlh a u sui ng effo rt to play Ultim ate Frisbe'e'i The favorl te times of the ret rest, though, had to h av'e' b e'en the n ~ightti me sl~ eddl ng i' IP rocu rl ng a II~ thl ngs 's'llledld ls h from the cottage 'we' wlere stavlng at" we took to the h~ill~s and snowed-over roads for hours" anlly' retu rn rnng to. ou r warm sanctu airy on ce

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So now that th e' wiinte'r ls b elh~in d IIJS-j wh at have W'€ been doing to sha pe this new yea r? W'e'~llj late I ast 'fa IIII (~h rlstl e a no one of IOIlJ,lr [Cz,ech he I p ers j 'le reza j sta rted a ,g:r(HJlp for girls that: takes place eVlery other IFlr~daIY. During this group they tackle m ore serio U 5. a ndl S.1P'~i rltua I the m es that: dl rect Iy relate 'to thei r II lves a ndl I iifestyll[es t such as, IbEh3Uty~ puriity~ comparlson, and gosslplng, This, ,gr,oulP' has ,81 .s.trong core of gl rls j' al n d ~t has C'lo!nti n ued stlrong~ly new °i nto the sprl ng" MI i tch's and ImlY' E ng:~lls.h IE've nrnngs group lis sti~11 gol ng as strongly a seve r as we wmll SiO on reach ou If y!ea ran d a half mark, 'Though the make-u p of the' group ha s changed ,8 I~ittlle thrn ugh the' mont h s, d mS«~U,S.$,i oms, and attends In C:'9' sti ~II re mal In IP owerfu Ii as rece nt to pks h a vie' been lml,e'rlty~ leo ntentment, re I ati ons hi ps t fea rj ,8 n d th e [B,i ble, M ost n~ ce ntilv~ M rnt.lch a no I~ have k"iclked off a bran d new ;gJOUlp cal ~lled Blikt whose center ,al nd focus ls enti re~ly Ion ,t h e bas i es of th e' a,i b~I,e' a In d fa iit h ,i Aftelr glvl ng a b rl ef ~i ntrod Ulctii,o n to the' grn Ul p at: a recent Ch rl sf a n p rogra m j. w'e welre de~I'ig:hted to have seven stude nts come tOI our first m,eleting;, whos e toplc 'W,C)I$ 'Wh.o t Is the' i3.1ble ?iI:~ Thls ,grOILWp w'i~11 run even/, other week into the summer, and 'w'e' are a~11 very e}(jciited about the' teens' b u rgeo n rn ng ~ nterest rn n th il ngs [of IGiod and faith i, Trust ~s' ,81 !criiti ca,l~ fa ctor am Om1g relati ons hi ps h ere ~ n the Czech Rep u bl i c, a ndl though we wo u I d have m te' to begu n e o m et h' "lin- ,011' I", t .. o t h "I!E" m u il""1L\.., e Q 0 nor' W'O n °e- 'diICidl t' h 0 '~m ,0 '''::Ii n' d expos U Ira. w~I'.I~ 't' i).., lEi 'to a ens .. ;;IL-~::-I -b' 1i\I~ ~ I,~,_:!~n,;,;i!,-_'-,;~.r. "~HI[~'_~~'~~ 1_- ~!~I~II~,~I., ~,i~<_',;~_~~_~IL\.~I_::-III~[tL;;;'.::-'~'!!i;;;;II~

to' go 'j nth el IU t rust a ndl respect bern re we co u I d begl n tOI efifEH::tilv,e,1 V' ch a II erruge th e~ r W'!(Jilrl~d vie'ws through the Girts:' IGnJiUp [and ,B,tlkl But God has been falthfu I ily' lead ii n,g

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and preparl ng UIS and the teens for thiis m oment, and we are grateful th at we see h lm movl ng: in the ~ive!s arou nd us,

And as 'if a U th at wasn't e nough, we are now hi p-deep ~i n the p recess of planning thls v'earis summer Eng:m,s.h if' ~ m ps TIJ.!,,;, 'I IE' \JO''':Ji r b ot h [Ii"""":!ii m IP'i::" willi ",~ ~1"iEi ~j~ Ie: ~"; ~I I~ ~,,!i;;it1 I_Iv ' ~g ,:,b, lu Ill.g ~!~'

P I a ce 'i n th e S[8 mile' vi I~ ~Ia,g[e' a s 1[8 st v'e[La Ir'S Away Ca mp, a [q[ ualrrt litUe' w:ide spot in the rea d n estled i rru the' footh ~i I ls [of the m ou nta i ns, The th erne for both !ca m IPS w'i[~1 be [Voices:, whlch wi I, I add ress the' countless vol ces th at clam or aro u nd us event secon d of the d alYt tell m ng us, wh 0 wle are, how we should act, and what w!e need, versus the one true V'loi~.[ce w[e e 11).., n U 1~...aI alw ""::lIUS fi:' sh t ili-n llsten ion fn r n"I"1 r ,~,~~[V _ ~[u d ' 'tl'1_[ I a II ~ III,V[ la~IIj,~" I~y ~ u[~

lid e nti ty ,81 n d sati sfactio n, God's, Christie and I are leading the 'first one' fa r o~lde r stu d ents, and Mli tch and Josh are leadiln~ the second one for

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you nger students, ,81 nd based [on the'

succes s fro m last yiea r a In d the great number ofstudents w,e halve met: since the n, w[e' ,al re p[~,al n In ~i ng 't h ls Vle'al r for 3.01 Am erlcans an d Czech he,ll piers and 4iO stude nts at each [cam Pi! That mea n s ,al Illot of II'jves being touched, 00 nnectad, and hopefu ~hl reoriented. I ca n't 'beg~n to express how !ex[cillted we ,al re for thls, seeing as how t he [cam [PiS· [~ast ye~lr 'w'en:! s uch a tu rn i ng polnt [8 n d redef n~ng morn ent fair the' In ature, scope, and die pth of au r work, [and may [G od contl nue to blow' the roof off of' au r expectations and provoke rea ~I;; fu ndam ental shlfts in t he teens' as we[~ I as. 0 u r !(lWn I ~ives ~ ,And tlh ls su m mer W'!8 wi II a I $0' be' jolned by three rnnt,e'rns from IHI,(jlrailng Un'ivelr$·tv~ who are comlng for nine w',eeks to

h[iEi'~1 P 'U~, bra ~[~ n sto rrn pl~1 "3i1 n'" P' !l1!"~1In ~I rIB f .... , "'![II" ~ [n d: il rn 'I lin 18 m I' ~n' 4i- ~ [ny':' n U m I' ber 0" f c "'[I[d'''JilEii ~I€" ~ n' .. ' d

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events to help us grow our ministry, So please IkE:H~'P Nathan ,DO'rris.~ ,A,lyssa ,Mo\ck~ and ,Miadison Swain' lin your (JIlr,Cliyers, as the'y head over S!O!OIIri to defy the wiild

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A ~I ittll,e' closer to home" our team has reoentliy unde rgone nu m,e'rii,ca I growth as, w,e'

haive welcomed two ne'w' babv bovs .. J10sh andl Sarah met Jakub EI~ii on N'ovemlber 20th" and Corey' and Sarah w'elc:olm,ed tlhe!ir second, Thompson IE~I'ias~ on IFebruBlry '9th ~ B,oth boys are doing: 'Ve'rv 'w,e'll~ and seem 'to, be growl In;g: rap id~ly these days in

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conjunct O~ Wit, It, e new p ants anc lowers .,n_ personauv, my own L _ e e OWl'

IFm nth j i s dOi~ m1g q ulte w'Ed I" H e re!cent Iy en jjoy'ed his lfii rst bii rt h d ay ![ m u en to my' .5U rp r15,e:)I,~ ,8 In d ~IS leve n m a nalgii ng to fi n a IIIV lea rn a ~E!W leo m rn a lri ds. And 'j n the I ast bit

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o new,s,} lin response JOi a coupi e 01 nee,_ 5" ~n J',illnu ary ~ move, mto OJ new' apa I tment

near the pa rk, Thera we re ,8 nurn ber of hiccups 0 n the 'front e nd f~ nell udlng n 0 electrie~itv' for two weeks], !but Hnch and I~ are now 'very satisfled In our n,ew environs

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nee _ s to g,o OUtS~I_ e" _ ,ease note my new a- _ ress ,8it t Ie ,0 __ om 0 t e page"

So just as the buds on the trees a Ire deve lop i ng a ndl b u rsti ng: i Into new llfa, so grows ou r IQipti Iml I Simi a ndl ho pe for thls bea utifu I ciitv of ours, W,e consider ourselves P,81 rt of ,81 n u nt(]l~ ding: adve nitruJ ret In evelr 'QI U rnte iknow'ing what: to expect

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but I thl n k th at's the bejel u tv' of ita ~II:' th e not kn o,w'i In,g:., That 'wray evelryt hlng stavs fresh" exdtlng, 'E:v,e'ryth i ng remal ns fI urudi a nd rna Ille,alb~lei for the choices 'w'e make, the dedslons vse enact, the peop il,e' 'W18 meet" a ndl the 1~~iV'!es we ch oose to step rnnto a II~ knl t togsth elf lnto a weav,e' wihos'e' colors ,al~ways sh~ift, 'What w'!e sh ow of ,0 urselves a nd how we choose to spea k create certa i~ n gravltl es that lea n emthe r pu II oth ers toward us or push them (J'w'(JYt and rnn th lis adventu re of revleal~~in,g Jesus, ~ n this great drawing ofpeople toward the beautv of salvation, w'le are changlng this, wo,rild,. 'W,e' "':!i1 rlEii dllEii c'l~ "':!i1 rln D' ifi. h "':iI'iiI- wlo... at '·15 do £:ii',"", n .P'i- I~ "':!i1!1o ,,1Eii t· a b a ''.:iI n' d-I th "::!Ii+ wh "'Jii~ W":!i e d n esn't g U ''.:iI ra nt 'JOi a !OI !6'~ I~,-~~' III;~ lw. .. c..la.'·Th;~I_ '_'" .,I~',,;) I I~ uig'iM'!~ I~,I U~,~ g 11'-_ 1~!I~I",TlciJ~ 'bl~ " !II.;.!I!~ _ III _, l' ~ _ ~ I -_ . ~'~'~'

what wrn ~II be, We are ch ange age nts, We are the ch alll~,e'm1getr.s of fate, W'e! are gl m m pses of ,ell n othe r wo rl d ~ W'e ,ill re Ch rlsti a ns ~

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