Time In Czech Republic

            I did not really know what to expect as I boarded the airplane for the Czech Republic.  I knew that as a young Christian I had prayed for the Czech people who were suffering under communism.  I knew they were one of the largest atheistic nations in the world.  Traveling in the former Eastern Bloc can be hard, often their economies have not caught up with standards in Western Europe and therefore everything from trains to buses to hotels to shops can be less than comfortable.

 

            I am happy to tell you that this is not the case in the Czech Republic.  Here the economy is thriving.  The Czech people are quick to smile.  They have a strong relationship with NATO and with America.

 

            While I have been here we have meet military officers.  I had the chance to talk with several groups about the value of the rule of law and human rights.  The discussions centered on the value of permitting free speech in public places.  We even provided a case study from Greece where free speech was prohibited until the European Court for Human Rights in Strasbourg, France ruled that free speech had to be protected in the countries of Europe.

 

            It was exciting for me to meet men and women who were willing to sacrifice their personal time to protect their country and other countries.  The Czech military is currently active in Chad, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq.  What a noble people they have proven to be!

 

            I was also able to meet with leaders of the local churches and evangelical groups throughout the country, including a campus ministry in Brno.  These meetings gave me insight into the challenges facing the church in the Czech Republic.  I am not prepared to talk about all of the things we discussed publicly, but suffice it to say that we are moving forward and creating relationships that will have long term value both here in the Czech Republic, Europe, and the U.S.A.

 

            There are several points of concern that the IHRG is going to be able to come alongside the Czech Church and provide help.

 

            Please continue to pray for our work!

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