Lukáš had a sad tone in his voice with a hint of excitement to get my call. I was heading up to Prague before flying to Alaska the next morning and needed help carrying my luggage on the train. He met me on the square that morning and he helped me run a few last-minute errands. It's hard to wrap things up in the community I gave my heart to for 3 1/2 years, so having Lukáš with me was nice. On the train ride he told me what it was like to be back in Tábor after being away for 8 months at Teen Challenge. It wasn't as nice as he had pictured it. He was living with his brother in a small apartment in town. His brother, Pepa was heading down the same road Lukáš had travelled two years earlier, leaving the orphanage and striking it out on his own. Money was drying up quick. Pepa has a bad temper and that was really making it hard for Lukáš to live there. He told me that he wanted to move back to Teen Challenge. He said it in the same way he said it to me a year ago, "next week." That meant who knows when in the not-so-real future. In Prague after hauling one year's worth of luggage to my hotel we had lunch together. He seemed depressed. He was torn between his need for help and a sense of responsibility for his little brother. We talked about admitting you can't do it and finding strength in Christ. We hugged and said goodbye.
I haven't seen or heard from him since that day two months ago. It makes me weep. I had so much hope for that boy. I still have hope for him, because he has the Holy Spirit living in him. I believe his confession of Christ was real. Because of that I can entrust him to his Heavenly Father. Several people in my little Tábor church have a heart for Lukáš's growth and wellbeing. Lukáš has all the resources he needs.
Thank you to all of you who have prayed for Lukáš these past couple of years. God has used you and me to impact him. Let's keep praying for him.