I left my accommodations around 5 this morning to get to Budapest. I had a couple of hours there before I flew to Bulgaria. Thankfully, it all worked. Biss and I ate supper tonight and caught on up the work. It was a good visit and discussion that ended about 10:30. I plan to meet with him and hopefully Savella tomorrow. I also have meeting planned with a young family with whom I have had a number of discussions.
The place I’m staying is nice. I even have internet access. Tuesday evening, I had an e-mail from the manager of the property informing me that the reservation had been cancelled. That led to some scrambling, but it all worked out well.
The two days in Rome flew by. I managed to get a lot of pictures that should come in handy for classes and sermons. The home of Augustus on Palatine Hill is now open.
The colors that have survived give a new sense of how their homes really looked. Sadly, the workers were very emphatic as they told people no pictures could be taken. The picture I’ll post is ruins (apparently of Nero’s bridge) in the Tiber.
I’ll be meeting with the Christians here in Brno for worship in a few minutes. They are still small in number but their faith is strong. I wish I had good news about Kamila, but I don’t.
On Saturday, Christians from seven churches (not counting me) met for a day of study. From 10:00- 11:30 I presented an overview of Judges. From 12:30 until 2:00 I talked about what God expects from governments. Some of the folks who attended had trveled for five hours to be there. It was a humbling and wonderful time of study. Immediately after the sudy, I traveled with Lucy and a friend to Bratislava to spend some time visiting with them and get a better understanding of how things are going for the brethren there. Lucy is doing well, but it’s tough right now. They really need a good family to come and work with them.
Friday afternoon I went to Lelekovice to enjoy what thw Czechs refer to as a fire. We grilled Klobassa over an open fire at Josef Planeta’s house. In addition to the Planeta’s, Jan and Kamila came. It was a great evening. The Planetovi children are growing and doing well.
Finally on line again! I’m sitting in a KFC in Brno. I spent three hours with the firiend I mentioned in the last post. It was good catching up on family, but the spiritual discussions didn’t go nearly as well. I should meet with him again the Friday before I return to the States.
On Thursday I will have an opportunity to meet with the preacher from a group called Christian Fellowship. He is a well known and respected preacher for this denomination, but he is something quite different for me. He is someone I have known and loved as a brother/son in the faith. When we first met him about 17 years ago, he the leader in the Jehovah’s Witness group in his city. After some serious study he was converted. His conversion helped lead to that of a great number of others. He, however, became influenced by the charismatic movement. In fact, he spent some time in the States working for Pat Robertson. This wil be the first time I have seen him in about 9 years. Please pray that good will be done.