With it being #GivingTuesday, Míša & I would like to share our story of what’s going on in Prague, as we serve there. My good friend, co-worker and now pastor, Marek Tyl, has some kind words to share about us and our work in Prague! Check it out! Wanna learn about giving needs? CLICK HERE! Wanna give straight away? CLICK HERE! Thank you in advance..!
#GivingTuesday 2017 is here! Míša, Ollie and I greet you from just outside of Lake Geneva, WI, where my parents live. As the end of the year comes to a close we have some big needs, as we continue to serve in Prague, Czech Republic. Please consider helping us and being part of what God is doing in Prague in and through us! Read more about those needs by clicking HERE or GIVE BY CLICKING HERE!
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!
Hello from Prague. We hope and pray this email finds you doing well. We wanted to reach out to you today the day before 2017’s #GivingTuesday. Tomorrow throughout the day we will share stories on different social media platforms – Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, so make sure you are following us at @zachharrod and @misaharrod so you can learn and hear more about our story and the story that God has written for Prague!
With that said, #GivingTuesday is tomorrow and we would like to ask that you pray for us, as this year closes we have some significant needs. Here’s a list of some of our needs, as we close out the year.
- Roughly $1500/monthly support – this is key for us, as from our monthly giving we receive our salary, insurance, benefits and etc. This is what allows us to be in Prague.
- In February Zach will travel to the States with three coaches (Kuba, Miloš and Lukáš) for a coach’s trip, to not only grow in our football knowledge, but also to give Zach a chance to speed significant time with these coaches. Each coach is providing $500 for the trip and we are raising the funds for the rest. The trip costs roughly $6000.
- One-time support for events that we have every month. Last week we hosted, with our friends from our Missional Community (MC), Thanksgiving for around 40 people. On average we need about $500/month for these types of events, so that we can be generous. We have learned that when we are generous our Christian and even not-yet Christian friends become more and more generous.
- Upsizing our car – We are looking for a wise and economic way to upsize our car, as our family is already too big for the smaller car we have. Upsizing will also allow Zach to haul around more players and more equipment.
- Junior Jerseys – We’ve been working hard for two years to raise funds for new junior jerseys. So far we have raised $6000, we are still working on the last $3000. If you would like to help with this, you can take advantage of our non-profit, Interception Foundation.
A couple weeks ago we had a moment to finally check our account with our organization, TEAM, and we discovered that in the midst of life and, largely, people retiring, our monthly support has taken a dip that very soon will affect us. We put this short video together to share with friends who have not been supporting us financially, in hopes that God would use it to stir their hearts to be part of His story for Prague and Czech.
Thank you for being you. Thank you for taking the time to open this and read this. We are thankful for you. If you live in or around Lake Geneva or Oshkosh, we will be having two OPEN HOUSES – November 30th from 6pm-8pm at Simple Cafe in Lake Geneva and December 4th from 5pm-8pm at RiverValley Church in Oshkosh. Please come out and see us, and feel free to bring a friend or 10!
With that said, thank you for taking the time to read and watch the videos here. Please let us know if you have any questions or want to help. THANK YOU!
Míša, Zach & Ollie
As I’ve served here over the years, God has opened lots of doors for me. I’ve had the opportunity to be interviewed live on Czech TV several times, I’ve had countless other opportunities to be interviewed in various programs, but this spring my friend Will Powell from The Podyum spent close to a week with us, following us and interviewing us. This video is the outcome of his time here and we are excited to share it with you all. Please watch it till the end, because that is my favorite part. Also thank you to Will and The Podyum crew for sharing our story!
For some 2016 was rough, for some 2016 was full of blessings. For us, the Harrodovi, it was a mixed bag of ups and downs, but last night when Míša and I and I were catching up with a good friend, and long-time supporter, here in Oshkosh, we realized that in the midst of the tough things of 2016, we have so many things to be thankful for! Míša turned to me, hit me on the shoulder and said, “You know God has been good to us this year!”
See in the midst of a difficult fall, much more difficult than we could ever imagine, we lost track of all the cool things God has done in, around and through us in 2016. As we had this moment of clarity, we were humbled to think about what God has done and now we are thankful for the change in perspective. No matter how hard your 2016 has been, I encourage you to take a step back and look at things from a different angle, you might be surprised by what you see!
With that said, 2016 is almost behind us and 2017 is bursting with potential. Míša and I have obvious reasons to look ahead to 2017, as we are anxiously waiting to meet our first little Czech-American Harrod, but beyond this we are anxious to see what can happen in other areas of our life, work and ministry in Prague – church, missional communities, the Prague Lions, anti-human trafficking and more!
With that said, we are gearing up for 2017 in big ways, we have been in the States since December 2nd connecting with so many new amazing people and also getting re-connect with many friends who have been part of our lives for some time. We are still trusting God to help us get off to a great start in 2017, so that we will be fully funded. We have been working on getting our monthly support shored up, so we can feed our little, future Harrod, but also continue to love and be generous to many in Prague. Beyond monthly support, we are of course also hoping to see one-time gifts going into 2017, so that we can earmark those gifts for practical things within our church, missional community, the Prague Lions and Míša’s work in anti-human trafficking.
Before the calendar turns to 2017, would you consider joining our monthly team and/or giving a one-time gift to take advantage of another tax write-off for 2016? Click below to give.
While we have been in the States we have been sharing a few short videos from friends in Prague, so you can hear how you are blessing many in Prague through us! Check them out below! Thank you for being you and we wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I have been a “full-time missionary” for close to 14 years, which is absolutely crazy to consider! Fourteen years is a long time. It makes me feel a bit old as I type it and ponder those 14 years, close to 12 of them have been spent in Prague, the other two spent in Xenia, OH.
As I ponder those 14 years there are so many things to be thankful for and stop and praise God for. That is not a small amount of time and I can’t begin to imagine how many prayers have been prayed, how many dollars have been given and how much people, maybe including you, have sacrificed to be part of what God has, is and will be doing in Prague, Czech, Europe and beyond! I am moved to shout and sing out loud THANK YOU TO EACH OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN PART OF THIS AND WHO WILL BE PART OF THIS!
As we have been in Washington DC this week, we have been very blessed. We have seen God’s generosity through many people here. It’s moving and I’m speechless as I think about it all. In the midst of this all, something that I have been carrying around for 14 or so years stood out to me. Somewhere in the midst of this “career” of mine and the support raising I, and we, have done for all these years I started carrying around a “I am a burden” mindset.
What do I mean by “I am a burden” mindset? That’s a good question that I’m still trying to unpack, but somewhere in those 14 years, while I would write people, call people and try to create avenues to see the support we need raised, I started to believe that as missionaries that need to raise support, that we are not a blessing to people, but a burden to them. That when they see my name in their inbox or in their caller ID, they say something like, “Oh it’s that Zach guy again, he needs money.” This might be true, but I don’t believe it is the overwhelming response of people. However, in the midst of interactions, some how, some way I started to believe this.
Then God brought us here to DC and Míša and I have had this blown up this week. We have had people remind us that we are a blessing and not a burden. It has been freeing for us. It also has helped us to see that we aren’t trying to “sell” ourselves or what we do, but we are honestly giving people an opportunity to be part of what God is doing to woo people to Himself through our presence and work in Prague and beyond.
We are excited to see how God will surprise us the rest of our trip and we are actually slightly giddy with anticipation to see how He will show up. Of course, we will have those “burden moments,” but in those moments we will preach these words to ourselves: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” (Romans 10:15) Once again, THANK YOU to all of you who have been part of this crazy adventure in some way! You are all amazing. Please pray for us, as we are trusting God to once again show up and bless us, so that we can be a blessing to people in Prague! If you would like to be part of it, please CLICK HERE to help. THANK YOU!
We have made our rounds on social media with our BIG NEWS, but we didn’t get it up on our website until today. We are so stoked for this little person to join us in May, but till then we wait in anticipation and are trying to prepare in practical ways and in deeper, spiritual ways as well.
Practically we will need to prepare his or her room and all that comes with that, but we are also practically preparing for his or her arrival with our trip back in the States right now. One of the most practical things we need is a salary and living expenses that will be for a family and not a couple. We are trusting God to help us raise an additional $1000/month to help us raise our salary and living expenses for a family of three, but we are also needing to re-raise some monthly support, as people have had to change their giving for a variety of reasons.
Would you consider joining our team, but giving monthly? Your regular monthly support helps us do the day in and day out ministry in Prague. Please CLICK HERE to give today and be part of what God is doing in Prague through us.
We are also praying for this little one’s arrival as we wrestle through what it means to be parents, how we are going to parent and the ins and outs of being a parent. Both of us have a bit more experience with kids, thanks to our siblings who our 15 and 16 years younger than us, BUT still that doesn’t prepare us for having our own little one. Would you pray for us, as we wait in great expectation to meet little Oliver or Anabella? Please pray that God would shape and prepare us to be the parents he or she will need.
Thank you for being you and as always BE A
Just hours from now it will be 2016 here in Czech Republic. It’s hard to believe that 2015 is nearly gone. 2015 was a mixed year with different ups and some downs I would love to forget about, but nonetheless I’m thankful because I knew that God allowed those downs, and I’m a better man as a result. My #2015bestnine pic is a nice little reminder of this year. It made me smile and thank God for what has passed and I can’t wait to see what 2016 will bring. Thank you for being part of our journey! We wish you and yours an amazing 2016!
#BringOn2016 #Harrodovi #HarrodShenanigans #GoodBye2015
Recently I was blessed with the opportunity to share with the missions team of Calvary Community Church about what teamHARROD (Míša and I) will be doing upon my return and after our marriage. Míša also recorded a short video, thanking Calvary for their efforts in the Czech Republic, which deeply impacted her! We thought it would be perfect to share with all of you. I’ve also realized, while watching this video I have out kicked my coverage in a big way and I’m marrying up, which I am deeply thankful to God for!
Through the short-term missions teams of Calvary Community Church in the Czech Republic, Míša rededicated her life to Christ at the age of 14. She’s THANKFUL that God used their ministry of English Camps to show her how much He loves her and cares for her. After several years she became a part of this ministry as working with the Czechs that helped host the camp. Through this she had the opportunity to serve Czech young people and share the Jesus’s love with them! She considers this ministry a HUGE blessing in her life and she’s excited to see how God will continue to use this in her life, as we move to PRAGUE, the center of the country, from where her beloved, but lost nation might be reached, in many creative ways by Jesus Christ!
I’m personally so thankful for Calvary’s presence in Czech, for at least one very obvious reason – Míša! However I’m even more excited, that this is exactly why churches do short-term trips – they reach a young Czech girl, who then serves in the camps and then God grabs her heart to reach out to her own nation! How amazing is that!?!? Help us get to full support, CLICK HERE to give right now!
I can’t believe my last full week is almost here! Where has the last 6 months gone? It’s amazing how quick life goes by and in the midst of it you have no idea that it is actually moving that fast! (CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW)
With that said, I am, rather we are, excited that I will get back to Prague and jump into life, ministry with the football team and the church but moreover we are excited about the our BIG DAY JUNE 28th! Even though we are so excited, we we are still trusting God to show up in some big ways. As I have wrote recently here on my blog, the process of raising support, or ministry partner development, has been tough. There have been so many cool things happen, so many people excited about what we are doing and excited about us BUT there have been the days where we have prayed and talked about this all and wondered “What God is doing,” and “Where and how are going to see what we need to raise come in.”
In our praying and pondering this idea came to us, that is an idea to share all over the internet about our ministry, about Prague, about Czech and more. So in my last 8 full days in America we are doing, and going for, #800in8. Our goal is to create awareness, energy and opportunities for people to join us and help us reach our minimal goal for monthly support.
So in this video I talk about what the next few days will look like and what we are hoping to share with you all. You can find us on social media here:
We will be sharing both specific and general information through the many portals of technology with as many people as possible, so that we might increase our chances of getting #800in8. Our hope is that people will respond by GIVING, INCREASING and SHARING all of, or any of the information we share. Then as people give and help us meet those needs we hope to share praises with you all as people respond!
We have a need and we are trying to be creative and faith-filled in seeing God help those needs get met.
Thank you in advance. You’re all rockstars in our book! Ready. Set. GO. #800in8