Monthly Archives: April 2009


I am supposed to meet with Kamila, Jan’s ex- wife, today.  The meeting was a result of her request.  I was surprised, but very pleased.  Afterwards I will take a train to Prague. 

The Novak’s have invited me for a visit. These wonderful folks want to discuss raising children.  I think they are already doing a fine job, but we all need help with this.

Worship in Brno

Saturday after the study Mike Morrow and I traveled to Bratislava with Lucy.  We had a study scheduled with two young men who are part of a group some established by some institutional brethren.  I was well impressed with their attitudes and knowledge.  On Sunday morning we worshipped there and then I traveled to Brno for the evening worship.  I’ll include a couple of pictures from this.


I’m now in Budapest.  I’m meeting with two old friends from our neighborhood in a few minutes.  After that, I’ll meet with Emese.  Peter and I are working on setting up a time to meet.  The last picture was taken from the train and is of a Hungarian castle near Budapest.


Brno Study

Saturday we met with brethren from six churches spread across three countries for a day of study.  I did the morning session.  Charlie Brackett arranged the afternoon study.  We had a great number turn out.  The highlight was when the 10 year old son of a couple from east Bohemia made a short talk.  Several had moist eyes by the time he was finished.  As you look at the pictures, pay special attention to the number of young people.

Brno Lecture

Thanks to KFC in Brno. I’m able to update the blog.  They have free wifi in all of their restaurants in the country. 


I came to Brno yesterday afternoon a couple of hours before our lecture last night.  The lecture went fairly well.  Jan and Joseph seemed very pleased with the material presented.   The crowd was smaller this time, but I really appreciated their attitude of the Christians.  We had only three first time visitors, but the guys’ responses were, “Well, that three people we have never seen before.  That’s good.”  I’ve included a couple of pictures from before the study started.


After the lecture, Jan and I ate supper together and caught up on what’s going on in his life.  He seems to be doing well.  After that, the Czech manager of the football team drove into the center to pick me up and take me to see the last few minutes of their practice.  Needless to say, I appreciated that as well.


A Bulgarian lawyer



We met with a lawyer for about an hour this morning on Dinyu’s behalf.  She (pictured above) went to college with Biss.  I think and pray she is a good choice.  We retained her to evaluate the case documents and suggest a next step if possible.  The only real appeal option usually takes about 10 years.  That’s a long time- especially if you are 82 years old.  At least there is a good chance his actual time inside can be cut in half. 


I got to Prague this evening.  Sunny and 70 was really nice after rainy and 45.    I’ll travel to Brno tomorrow to meet with Jan do a lecture.  We are anxious to see what the turnout will be for this one. 



A couple of pictures

I took a couple of pictures this evening while Iwas waiting on Biss and thought I would share them.  They are typical “end of the day” street scenes in Sofia. 

The first is of book vendors packing their books in banana boxes to store for the night.  The next two are of people standing in the rain and waiting for a tram.

A cold, rainy Tuesday in Sofia

We managed to get the paperwork the lawyer wanted lined up, but she put off meeting with us until in the morning.  I should have time since I don’t leave for the airport until 1:00. 

I got a phone call this morning that shocked me.   Shortly after arriving in Sofia 6 years ago I met collge student.  He was a joy to be around and very helpful.  After a nasty divorce his life fell apart.  I had no contact with him for a long time.  I ran into his sister a park on Saturday and she told him I was here.  He called this morning to tell me that he is trying to turn his life around and wants to talk.  I’ll meet with him this evening if all goes well.

According to the city, the garbage crisis is solved.  I guess this is what solved looks like.