#RACHELTAKESEUROPE | Part One

Tuesday, July 5, 2016



What can I say about Czech Republic?

What can I say about Europe?

What can I say about this missions trip, the people here, the food, the culture, the language, the interactions, the fellowship, the friendship, the likemindedness, the joy, the hope, the peace?


What can I say when I feel inadequate, when I finally see faith being played into action, when I finally see what it means to be a missionary and to serve others?


What can I say when I feel at odds with a culture, with a language that I cannot speak other than the word "hello," with people who can only speak the language that I cannot speak?

What can I say when I wonder how crazy it is that these lives intersect--how seemingly coincidental, but in reality how providential it all is? That I would someday meet people on the other side of the world, who never knew of my existence and I unaware of theirs, until this trip?


I think I will become a better writer after this. Because I don't know the language, I simply observe how people communicate, how their personalities express themselves in ways that are indirectly linked with words. How would a bright and vivacious person communicate to me that he/she needs food? How would a quiet and shy person do the same? It's all interesting and intriguing--Czech isn't 

HOLD ON. I JUST GOT MY AP SCORES. 

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

I AM PRAISING JESUS SO HARD RIGHT NOW. THANK YOU GOD. THANK YOU SO MUCH. 

WOOOOOOO.

YAAAAAAY.

WOOOOOOO.


AS I WAS SAYING before my wonderful friend texted me my scores (California got their AP scores first this year, and I'm international, so I couldn't check them and THANK YOU TIANNA FOR CHECKING THEM YOU MADE MY DAY), Czech isn't a melodic language, but it's an interesting one. And I'd prefer interesting over melodic.


This is the most beautiful place I've ever been to ever in my life. The green here is glorious, the sky is expansive, and the sunsets linger, like they want to stay longer.


What do I say about the people here? Our missions team is from three different churches, and getting to know everyone else has been amazing, because there's a level of likemindedness that forges bonds between us even if we don't know anything about each other.



I'm so glad I'm here.


More to come.

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