When Teresa Caruso’s niece, Brittany Powell, husband Tyler and son Thomas decided to move to the Czech Republic about two years ago, they had no idea how God would move in their lives. Establishing their online graphic arts business, their desire was to become involved in their community. Introduced to International Mission Board pastors by Jason Williamson, the Powells began to provide a program in the local community center for those in the area wishing to practice English. This has birthed other programs aimed at creating inroads for Christ.
After arriving, the Mill team of Ray Caruso, Mark Bouchillon, Rachel Cantrell and Jason Williamson hit the streets to advertise a two-night outreach program at the center, handing out flyers, hot tea and coffee at the local bus stops. “America Night” was a hit as the team introduced locals to American football, tailgating, corn hole and shagging. As one can imagine, this was a whole new world for the Czech people!
While there seemed to be no objection to hearing about Jesus, the team’s general impression was that the people they met did not feel the need to know Christ. Yet each team member came away with the feeling that good work had been accomplished. For Ray, recently having been to China, it was the ability to speak freely. Mark’s high point was the encouragement they were able to offer to the Powells and the IMB pastors, and for Rachel, it was an appreciation for her church sending people overseas to share the gospel and build relationships. As for the Powells, unofficial missionaries, they will stay in Prague and continue to reach people for Christ as long as God wants them there.