These are both from our last night in Prague, when all eight of us went out for Tex-Mex, ice cream, and one more walk through Old Town. Thanks again for hosting, Davises and Syvertsens!
We can’t believe we’re home, and we kind of wish we weren’t! On Friday, our last day in Prague, we went out for breakfast with the Davises and Laura, roamed around one last time for a couple of hours, headed back for some debriefing with Phil & Shanna, and then went out to dinner and dessert with the Davises and Syvertsens.
This is the back side of the Hus monument. Hus was an early Reformer whose sermons were actually very influential for Martin Luther. He spoke out against papal infallibility and argued for Scripture alone as the rule of faith and practice 100 years before Luther, and was burned at the stake in 1415. His teaching brought about a revival of true Christianity in what was then called Bohemia, but now he’s remembered as a social revolutionary, not a theological one. End of history lesson.
On the way back to the Davises’ we searched out a gyro stand. These are less like Greek/American gyros and more like what one might find at Achim’s K-Bob in Athens, one of Jake’s favorite restaurants, which is why we searched it out. One of our best meals in Prague. It’s hard to top marinated meat on a spit.
This was a very American day! We had the second annual American football game at a nearby park and a huge Thanksgiving dinner at Phil & Shanna’s. This is a great opportunity for them, because there are Americans who are lonely and missing time with family, and other expats & Czechs who are curious about what this American holiday is like. For a lot of the people the team here has met, the big draw has been seeing the close community among the American team and how much they’re willing to share their lives with people. So tonight there were Americans, Brits, Scots, Czechs, and probably a couple of nationalities I didn’t notice. It was really neat, and although we missed being with our families, it kind of felt like home!
I haven’t even mentioned the football game. I don’t know why we don’t do this more at home, because it was a lot of fun. The game was coed, but Hunt didn’t think it was a really good idea for M to participate. Jake’s team got beat, but it was close, and I dare say I made some positive contributions.
We don’t expect to post any more until we’re home, because tomorrow we’ll be trying to cram as much stuff in as possible. Thanks for reading, and please keep praying for us. The trip has been great, and we’re not ready to come back yet!
This morning the girls went with Laura & Shanna to see what grocery shopping is like here, and then in the afternoon the four of us went out again without guides. This time the boys were in charge of navigation, and although it took a little time to find the outdoor market, overall things were smooth. We also saw the Museum of Communism, and then came back to help set up for Thursday’s festivities.
Tuesday we had a pretty slow day. In the afternoon Dave & Jake went with Phil to the butcher shop to pick up multiple turkeys. The butcher shop really gave me a great vision for possible future ministry here. I worked on another panorama, this one of meat.
Monday night we went to dinner at a nice Italian place with the Davises. On the way we went through Hus Square, where the statue of 15th-century reformer John Hus is. Since there’s no Thanksgiving here (except for us), Christmas gets an early start, so there’s a little Christmas market set up with lots of goodies.