So yesterday I made the drive from Xenia, OH to Lake Geneva, WI and it was a good trip! The iPod was full of sermons and podcasts I needed to get caught up on and I made some phone calls that were productive! Now I am trying to figure out what to today and who to visit. But I wanted to post briefly to wish you a Blessed & Merry Christmas! I know I haven’t been posting much because of work and the new site coming soon, but know lots of cool things are in the works. I’ve posted a couple of my talks up as a podcast, so check those out.
I also wanted to post some quotes about Czech from a ministry called Josiah Venture about Czech:
Often called a nation of musicians and poets, the Czech Republic has a long history of famous composers, thinkers, and innovators. In recent years Czech athletes have experienced unusual success in international sports for a country its size, particularly in hockey and soccer.
A rich spiritual heritage is also a part of the Czech history, including Jan Hus, a reformer who inspired Martin Luther, and the Moravian Brethren, who in a period of 20 years accomplished more missionary work than the entire Protestant church in the 200 years preceding.
In spite of this heritage, the forced domination of the Catholic church during the 1800â€™s and the powerful impact of communism during the 1900â€™s have produced a nation that is profoundly secular and quite skeptical of religion. Some say it is the most atheistic nation on earth, with the highest percentage of people convinced that God and a spiritual world does not even exist.
The evangelical church is tiny, making up only less than one third of one percent in a country of 10 and a half million. Most Czechs have no religious affiliation. Several cults have made significant inroads in recent years, particularly the Jehovahâ€™s witnesses. They number close to 25,000, making them twice as large as the largest evangelical denomination.
There you have it! I pray it reminds you why WE do what WE do with OUR ministry in Czech. It broke me this morning as I read it.