This Explains A Lot

Steven Wendel on July 6, 2018

Gavin was recently gifted for his birthday a building set from a Czech friend.  His father explained to me that these were the building sets that they grew up with and were very popular during communism.  Gavin started the project alone, but soon needed some assistance from Dad.  We worked on the set together for a couple of hours.  I learned more about Czech culture in those couple of hours than I would have learned in about a year of ministering here.  I was left thinking to myself, “This explains so much.”    You see, the set was a series...

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Flowers for Mordor

Steven Wendel on May 25, 2018

I’ve been observing the localized devastation of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano in recent days.  The images emerging of the eruption and flows of lava devouring forest and piling into the Pacific ocean are both terrifying and mesmerizing.  Some of these images brought to mind a reference I made in Day #1 of this blog series to the scorched lands of Mordor (from the Lord of the Rings series).  Mordor represents a land that is devastated, fully under the control of Sauron, the personification of evil.   As we look upon the island chain of Hawaii, we see a land that has...

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9 Dots and a Draft Horse

Steven Wendel on May 24, 2018

The Belgian draft horse is one of the biggest and strongest horses in the world.  Pulling competitions are held with these horses, and on average, one Belgian draft horse can pull about 8,000 pounds.  If you harness 2 Belgian draft horses together, how much do you think they would pull? 16,000 pounds of course! But wait, that is incorrect. Interestingly 2 Belgian draft horses harnessed together can pull 20,000 to 24,000 pounds! If these 2 horses are accustomed to working together, over time they can pull upwards of 32,000 pounds.  That’s 2 horses doing the work of 4!    The...

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David and the Dancing Goats

Steven Wendel on May 23, 2018

Coffee. It holds a sacred place in the Wendel family. It was at Starbucks that Cari and I first met, and our relationship grew and developed over countless French presses of the finest coffees that Starbucks could procure, back in the day when they were only supplying a handful of stores on the west coast.  Conversation or study over good coffee established itself as a hallowed space in my soul.  To this day, Cari and I religiously enjoy our morning cups of coffee together, albeit our mornings are filled with haste and commotion as we escort 6 kiddos off to...

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I Asked for a Window

Steven Wendel on May 22, 2018

Thanks for journeying with us! For the last week I’ve been attempting to paint a picture or at least give a glimpse of what ministry in Czech Republic looks like, so that we can be praying together more effectively.  It is also an attempt to give some context to some of the more personal things that I would like to share with you in the next several updates.  As missionaries we try to walk a fine line between professional and personal.  We are always mindful of what people might be thinking, the impressions that we give, putting on a face...

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