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Introducing team member #2: Hunter Palmer

Some basic info:

Name:  Jonathan Hunter Palmer

Nickname:  The Original; Lovic  (*”Lovic” is the Slovak word for “hunter”).

Occupation:  Student: Organization Communications at Kennesaw State University and Hazmat Expert for Hapag-Lloyd America

Hometown:  Savannah, GA

And now some questions just for fun:

1.  You have 5 Euros you have to spend at TESCO right now… What do you buy?  Why?

Kofola, chocolate (Mila, Tatiana, Milka), and Kleenex:  Because they’re good.  All of them.

2.  Can you recommend a good book?

Desiring God by John Piper, Child 44 by , and Crazy Love by Francis Chan.

3.  Put your iPod on shuffle and press play.  What are the first three songs that play?  Any special meaning?

All I Know by Switchfoot: This iPod only has songs for working out on it.  I see working out as another way of worship, so I have some worship songs on here too.

First Date by Blink 182:  I was a huge Blink fan in high school, and I still have some of their music on my computer.

Lycnethrope by Plus 44:  Plus 44 was created by the guitarist of Blink 182 when they broke up…

4.  What are you most excited about for this summer?

Camp!

5.  What is one benefit you received from attending KECY in the past?

A heart for missions… My first mission trip was for KECY in 2004, and I’ve been on many trips since.

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*Introducing team member #1: Miriam Linkeschova

Some basic info:

Name:  Miriam Linkeschova

Nickname:  Mimi

Occupation:  Student:  Just graduated from high school; planning to begin university in the fall.

Hometown:  Košice, Slovakia

And now some questions just for fun:

1.  You have 5 Euros you have to spend at TESCO right now… What do you buy?  Why?

Dr. Pepper, Milka chocolate (strawberry flavor), and a pair of socks:  The first two because I love them and they’re delicious, the last one because my feet are cold!

2.  Can you recommend a good book?

Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller or Crazy Love by Francis Chan.  Also, I’m currently reading Searching for God Knows What by Donald Miller.  Recommendation coming later…

3.  Put your iPod on shuffle and press play.  What are the first three songs that play?  Any special meaning?

Broken Strings by James Morrison, Acoustic version:  I like his voice.

Distance in Time by Alicia Keys: I’ve never heard this song before.

Lachlom by Yael Naim:  I like her style; I used to listen to it while falling asleep.

4.  What are you most excited about for this summer?

I’m excited to see what God has in store for us.  I’m excited about being part of something bigger, to see the big picture, and to be part of a movement in which young people decide to follow Christ.  I’m also excited to see how I’ve changed at the end of the summer and how my character has developed.

5.  What is one benefit you received from attending KECY in the past?

I met so many people there and I think most of my closest friends right now are people I met through KECY, both Americans and Slovaks.

*Slovakia Update

Hello from Zilina, Slovakia!

I arrived here safely last Wednesday afternoon.  Since then, I’ve been busy getting to know the other interns, meeting the youth group we’re working with for the first KECY (conversational English camp), and trying to get all the paperwork, etc done for my visa.

It’s been great to be back in Slovakia (it’s been three years since the last time I was here), to reconnect with old friends, meet new people, and to have a chance to practice speaking Slovak again!

This upcoming week we’ll spend a couple of days promoting the camp in high schools, and then on Wednesday we head for Prague.  In Prague we’ll begin The Amazing Race, where we’ll complete challenges and race from one side of the Czech Republic to the other, competing against intern teams serving in other countries throughout Eastern/Central Europe.

Over the next couple of blog posts I plan to introduce you to each of the other interns/team members, so check back soon for more!

*Slovakia

My bags are packed!  I’ve still got a long day of traveling ahead of me tomorrow (drive to Raleigh, fly to New York, 6 hour layover, fly to Zurich, fly to Vienna, drive to Slovakia… good thing I like traveling), but Slovakia is finally getting close!

Before I leave, I want to share a little information about where I’m going and what I’ll be doing over the next week or two.

Geographically, Slovakia is located in central Europe, south of Poland, north of Hungary, east of Austria and the Czech Republic and west of Ukraine.

I’ll fly into Vienna on Wednesday, where I’ll meet up with the other interns and team members.  Our first destination is Žilina, a beautiful city in north-western Slovakia.  I’ve been to Žilina many times before, and I’m really looking forward to being back there.

After Žilina, we’ll spend some time visiting the cities and youth groups that we’re working with to hold KECYs (conversational English camps for high school students), and we’ll head to Czech Republic for training and team building with the teams from other countries that Josiah Venture works with.  (To learn more about Josiah Venture, check out their website here: http://www.josiahventure.com/).  I’m looking forward to meeting the other interns and reconnecting with old friends.

Check back later this week for more!