Thirty years ago, while in Germany with Malachi Ministries, I met a girl named Yvonne.
We spent a week together in Heidelberg on the military base where our team led a week of ministry for high school students. She was home from her first year of college, but joined in with her high school aged brother.
The next summer we saw each other again in Heidelberg and a friendship was solidified.
But that was the last time I saw her.
Until yesterday when she arrived with her son!
We've stayed in touch all these years but somehow were never in the same place at the same time.
A few months ago she contacted me and said she and her son were coming to Czech to do an English camp and asked if they could come visit.
Her church in Ohio partners with a church here in Czech and has sent teams in the past few years. When she heard they needed people again this year, she and her son jumped at the chance to come. We're so glad they did!
As we talked and caught up over dinner after they arrived, somehow the fact of Krakow being just two hours came up in the conversation.
"Do you want to go tomorrow?" I asked.
With great big smiles, they answered yes! So off we went this morning to see what we could see in an afternoon.
It turned out to be one of the prettiest days of the summer so far, perfect for taking in the city.
We grabbed a typical lunch of gyros and sat ourselves down in the square to soak in the view. No better place than that for lunch!
Everywhere you looked it was pretty! Krakow is one of my favorite places to go for a day trip in the summer, especially when it's sunny and warm.
We headed up to the Wawel Castle on the hill, enjoying their gardens loaded with beautiful summer flowers. Someone sure has a green thumb up there.
It was a very sweet day with Yvonne and Kyle, as well as with Claire who came along with us. So happy to have her here with us again!
And so glad that friendships go on over the years, even if you don't get to see each other for twenty nine years!