Tuesday, July 08, 2008

How it all began...


Here is a story that the local paper did on our mission trip to Czech!

Message of hope and faith: Group plans trip to Czech Republic
By HEIDI DESCH / Hungry Horse News

One European country has brought three Flathead Valley women together to help others.

Tricia Goyer, Sona Blue and Iva Smid are part of a group of about 20 people planning a trip to the Czech Republic.

The trip is an outreach of the Easthaven Baptist Church in Kalispell. The group plans to teach English and run sports and drama camps. In the end, the ultimate goal is to share the group's Christian faith with the Czech people.


Not so long ago such a trip was only a idea for Goyer and Blue.

See Goyer, a writer, traveled to the Czech Republic. She was working on a book "Night Song" that would be released in 2004. That's when she felt compelled to do something for the people there.

"The people so nice, caring and real. They are very nice, but they have nothing to hope for and nothing to cling to," she said.

Blue, a young mother, had come to the United States from the Czech Republic during the 1990s. She wanted to do something for her home country also, but hadn't found a way to make it happen.

Then Goyer met Blue at their Easthaven Baptist and they began working to find a way to do something.

Goyer ran an ad in a homeschool newsletter looking for people who might want to participate.

Smid saw the ad and wanted to get involved. She had escaped the country during the 1970s when it was under communist control to come to the United States.

"It's my home country. You can't erase that. Where you are in your youth stays with you," she said. "I love the country and the people there. It is a privilege to go back."

AT FIRST, GOYER wasn't sure how exactly she might help in the country.

Read the rest here!

And...If you would like to be added to our prayer team or would like to make a donation for our trip, please email triciagoyer@yahoo.com.

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