What DO You do?

Since we moved to the Czech Republic people have asked us regularly, “What do you do?” People we meet, government officials, folks in the USA all want to know. The answers usually go something like this: “we do what God lays out for us to do,” or “a little of this and a little of that.”

First, we are retired. After 30 years of pastoral ministry, we came here to continue to visit and encourage friends in the region. You see, for many years we had been coming to this part of the world to talk to people about education and about Christian Family Living. These relationships have continued and we have added new ones.

Since we moved to Europe we have visited Bulgaria, Kenya (a bit outside Eastern Europe!), Slovakia, Norway, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. We’ve also reached out to people here in the Czech Republic. We constantly keep in touch with many of our friends via Skype and email.

We have a church home at which we worship our God in Spirit and in Truth. We’ve been honored to be welcomed into the Reformovaná presbyterní cirkev z Modrany. The website is in Czech; use a browser which will translate.

We’ve been doing what we can to serve in the small, Czech-speaking congregation. On Thursday evenings we host a group of young people for dinner and discussion of Biblical and theological topics. This group includes both American and Czech young folk. Sandra occasionally meets with a couple of Czech women for discussions. Today we met two homeschool families at a downtown playground to answer questions and offer support. We’ve got a couple of trips planned in the near future when we will share on a variety of topics.

And we write. We’re finalizing our first joint manuscript, Children in Church: Nurturing Hearts of Worship. The reviews are first rate. We also spend a fair amount of energy in the blogging world. Check out Sandra’s personal blog  and one of her regular contributions elsewhere.  Curt blogs here.

That’s what we do. How about you?

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2 Responses to What DO You do?

  1. Friends of yours, in St. Louis, MO, (Debbie and Hal Pendergrass) gave me your email address. I am a classical Christian educator and am starting an education consulting business. If it is the Lord’s will, we hope to extend help to missionary families who are educating their children, either through homeschooling or supplimenting the existing education.

    Since rhetoric has been removed from most of the world’s curriculum, students are not taught critical thinking and argumentation skills. Without these, they do not communicate well and do not understand how to evaluate and analyze information. The Progymnasmata, an ancient Greek rhetoric program, teaches students to think, to analyze and synthesize information, and to write and speak well. It consists of 14 exercises that can be started in the first grade and used through high school.

    I would like very much to read your thoughts on improving education for students.

    Sincerely,

    Sue vanHoornbeek

  2. Connie Hamrick says:

    I am so glad to have found you! My husband and I are worship leaders outside of Nashville, TN and our hearts feel very drawn to the Czech Republic although just at the beginning stages of this adventure. I am also a homeschooling Mom, so I began researching homeschooling in Czech Republic and found you! I’m glad to hear that Czech Republic allows homeschooling. If the Lord sends us there, I will surely contact you again! Blessings to you!

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