Debra Allison and Family

To Czech Republic and Back Again

Family letter by Debra

August 27, 2016

Dear ladies,

This morning I was on my way out the door, from our new apartment, to the market when I stopped for just a minute to make sure that I had all the things that I would need with me; my tram pass, my coin for the cart, shoes, shopping bags, umbrella, jacket, sunglasses, wallet, and of course, that shopping list. Lists, I seem to have so many of them lately. I hate to admit that I am getting a little forgetful these days, but praise God that He has given lists in His Word that all things may be done decently and in order.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

I mentioned above that we are in our new apartment. God is so good to us. He provided an apartment for our family that met all, but one of the items on our "need/desire" list. We now live in the city of Brno, walking distance to restaurants, markets, the library and a beautiful park, also near the building in which we rent a room for our services. Our apartment has four rooms: an eat-in kitchen, living room, David's bedroom/game room and mine and Jeff's bedroom. We have a small balcony, a garage for our car and a shared storage room for our bikes.

Moving into our new apartment was just the beginning of things. First we realized that our refrigerator, washer, and dryer were not working after the long time in storage. Not only did these appliances need to be replaced, but the list of things to renew, update, and change seemed to never end. Insurances (health, personal, and auto) needed to be reinstated, driver licences changed, our resident visas had to be changed, as well as, the cancelation of James' resident visa. Well, I do not need to go on and on, you get the point, the list was quite lengthy.

Jeff and I met with Nicky the landlord of the building where we rented a room for our services in the past. We were able to negotiate a contract and a weekly price for the room, which remained the same as before. Our first meeting in our rented space, but not before a new list of items to be purchased was composed, was on Sunday morning August 14th.

David started the 11th grade this school year with a list of difficult classes to complete. He is not looking forward to geometry or chemistry, but finds memorizing dates for history class much easier than his brother, James, found.

As for me, time and space keeps going. I have not started back with my English students. There are just too many things to do right now, maybe later, when my lists are not so long and so time consuming. I love our new apartment and the location in the city; the Lord is so good to us.

Love and prayers,