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Help Us Trim Our Tree

Part of the connecting aspect of our HMA is fundraising for our church planting work in Prague, and much of Jake’s time this fall has been spent meeting with potential new supporters. We have a monthly financial gap that we need to cover before we can return to Prague. Our monthly supporters are the backbone of the team that makes it possible for us to do what we do. Some give $10 a month, some give $100 or more. At any amount, consistent giving is a great way to be personally involved in our work at Faith Community Church.

To have us back in Prague with a healthy support account in the New Year, we are asking God to give us about 30 new monthly supporters at various amounts. We’d like to have that squared away before Christmas.

Hey, did someone say Christmas?

Hunts Back to Prague

What’s that? Why, it’s a fun and informative graphic! This delightfully funky Christmas tree shows the monthly supporters we need at certain amounts to get us back to Prague. When a slot gets filled, it gets a star ornament. Fully trimmed tree = Hunts back to Prague.

Would you help us trim our Christmas tree? There are at least 3 ways you can do that.

  • First, you can pray. This is a lot of support to raise in the next 2 months, but God can do it. Jake has spoken at several churches and continues to meet with lots of individuals and groups– please pray that those talks will result in new supporters who are excited to partner with us.
  • Second, if you’re able, you can give. Whether you’re a brand new supporter or a current one who’s able to increase your monthly gift, every dollar gets us that much closer.
  • You can also recruit! You know people we don’t know, and some of them might be in a position to help us out. Maybe your Bible study group would like to hear some stories about church planting in Europe. Maybe you and some friends could pool your resources each month, take one of those slots toward the top of the tree, and pray together for us.

Our time in the States has been a sweet gift that came at the perfect time for our family. Now it’s getting to be time for us to get back. Please pray that God will open doors, that the tree will be covered with stars, and that we’ll be on the plane on our scheduled departure date of December 30.

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Fall has been busier than summer, but also fun. A lot of the America stuff we miss is fall-centric, so we’ve enjoyed jumping back in.


First day of school. We found out it’s actually legally required here to take this picture with the signs. Who knew.


Creekside School’s HQ

In our fancy pants for Uncle Paul’s wedding

Foard turned this many in September

The boys’ first trip to Sanford Stadium, thanks to a generous friend

Great fall weekend in the mountains with friends (Foard’s more excited than he looks)

A one-day blitz of American history

Not pictured: Jake or both of us have spoken at six churches and six more Bible study groups, with more still on the calendar. Whew!

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We have enjoyed a great few months in the States. Our purpose for our 6-month home mission assignment (HMA) is to connect with family, friends and supporters, to rest by changing our pace and stepping back from active ministry, and to grow personally and professionally so that we return to Prague energized and ready for another term.

Summer was a lot about resting after an exhausting 2013 and a busy spring. We timed our trip to get the maximum American summer days possible, and spent lots of time with grandparents, cousins, and friends– most of it in the water.

Hot weather and water were our chief goals for Summer 2014.


Our temporary home was almost completely furnished and stocked by Charlotte friends. Amazing.

You never know what mystery guests will turn up at Gaffer’s house.

Eliza turned 2 in August!

Eliza turned 2 in August!