Tuesday, June 20, 2006

The Power of Prayer

“I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,
and he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and mire.
He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.
He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see what he has done and be astounded.
They will put their trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40

This is my prayer and declaration of faith. Please join me in prayer for this mission, the youth in Policka, Pastor Jan, and my own strength, inspiration, and patience. Let me know that you are praying, and I'll add your name to my prayer wall (in the right column of my blog) so that I can in turn pray for you and give thanks to God.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Would you like to sponsor this mission?

Some people have requested that I post the information for donating supplies and funds to our mission in Policka. I will have a better idea of the material needs of the program once we get started, but shipping builds up such an expense that sending supplies from the US may prove to be counterproductive. I would like to bring some board games and movies in English to CZ. If you have something you would like to donate, shoot me an email and I'll be happy to talk to you about whether I can fit it in my suitcase or if we should ship it straight to CZ.
My address in Policka:
Kati Salmons
Dus Family
nabrezi svobody 561
Policka 572 01
Czech Republic
Pastor Jan has estimated our expenses to give you a better idea of our financial needs:

My health insurance: $1200
other insurances: $250
Room and Board: $4000
Teaching aids: $4200 ($350 a month)
My stipend for pocket money: $2400 ($200 a month)
Air ticket: $1500
Total cost for the project: 13,550

Jan's family has decided to provide the room and board for free ($4000). My parents are willing to pay for my air-ticket. The congregation in Policka is brave enough to run into debt and to cover the difference, but is asking for help. (For your information, the total expected income of the congregation of this year is $19125.) So, as you see, any help will be more than welcome.
Checks should be made payable to "Ceskobratrska cirkev evangelicka Policka" (that is the name of the congregation) and can be mailed to:
Ceskobratrska cirkev evangelicka Policka
nabrezi svobody 561
Policka 572 01
Czech Republic

As soon as the congregation receives the check, Jan will send you an official certification from the congregation that can be used as tax deductible.
More information about the congregation can be found at
http://policka.evangnet.cz (click on the British flag for English).