Monthly Archives: April 2010

Challenges in Budapest

On Tuesday I traveled to Budapest.  That evening I met with one of the men involved in the sale of the apartment that had been the meeting place.  There were some serious issues to be addressed as far as how this was handled.  Some progress had already been made as the result of our earlier correspondence.  It was a very difficult discussion, but I think productive.  We will see.

Tonight I met with Emese for a while to discuss the issues of the property as well as different things she is dealing with as she visits the group she is meeting with.  She has been hurt a lot, but is dealing with things better than most of us with a lot more support would have.

Comic Relief

Within a couple of hours I was at my hotel in Bratislava.  This provided a little needed comic relief.  The main reason this incredibly well located property Is very affordable is that anyone staying there has about a 100 steps to climb.  There is no elevator.   When I arrived at the reception desk (up 80+ steps) I was delighted to find that the door to my room was actually on that level.  When I unlocked my door, this is what I saw.

In case you can’t make it out, it is a narrow spiraling staircase leading the last 18 steps up to my room.  I didn’t bother explaining to the girl why I was laughing.  Speaking of humor in Slovakia, this picture shows an example of the bronze figures placed around the old city in startling or humorous poses.

But back to the serious stuff… I met with Roman, the young preacher for the group started by institutional brethren there in the city.  We sat and talked for almost two hours.  I felt that is was very productive.

On to Bratislava

On Monday I left Brno on my way out the CR for the last time this trip.  I’ve attached a couple of photos from the train and train station.  

Sunday

Sunday was (is) very long.  I met with the group in Bratislava that Lucy has been meeting with.  It didn’t work out for me to preach, but the young Slovak man who did has agreed to meet with me tomorrow evening.

When that service was over, I hoofed it to the train station to catch my train back to Brno.  I had about 45 to spare before we met to worship.  The brethren seemed to profit from the lesson presented.  After that, we went out for supper together.  It was a great for visiting.  Jozef had several areas of spiritual interest he wanted to discuss.  He is a wonderful encouragement.

Tomorrow (later today) I’ll head back to Bratislava to meet with the young man I previously mentioned.

A Sad Contrast

Before I post about Sunday, I’ll share a couple of contrasting street scenes.  The first is classic Czech.  A musician is on the street playing for tips.  He actually played well.  The second shows a group of homeless people the same area sharing their booze after sundown.  That has come to be common as well.

On Saturday, I had the opportunity to teach the morning session of the Brno Study.  Though there were some families out with illness, it was still well attended.  This included four who came from Bratislava as well as a family from the highlands that go back to some of my earliest days in the country.  I can’t tell you how happy I was to see the Onesork’s.  I’ve included a few pictures, but the schedule was so hectic that I didn’t get many. 

I had to pull myself away from one good discussion related to the events of our study in order to catch my train to Bratislava.  I’ll meet with Lucy later on today and then in the morning to meet with the group started by some institutional brethren she is still visiting some.  I anticipate having the opportunity to preach there again.

Time with Brethren

This evening I visited with Robert and Tami in their home.   While we enjoyed a great meal, Robert gave me some advice on how to address the issue of the meeting place in Budapest.  Honza and Monica joined us as well and later gave me a  ride back into the city.  It was a wonderful evening.

 Tomorrow I’ll return to Brno.  I’ll do a lecture in the evening and then get to spend some time visiting with Jan Fojt.

Wednesday in Prague

On Wednesday I met with Honza Novak for lunch.  He had wanted to continue an earlier discussion. I always look forward to our talks. 

 I had some time before my next meeting, so I took a meandering stroll back from where we met to where I am staying.  I’m including a couple of shots of the castle, our old neighborhood, and some folks enjoying a sunny afternoon.

Class at Mike and Tatana’s

On Tuesday evening I had the opportunity to teach a group class at Mike’s.  The turnout was good with an interesting mix of people.  We had a good 90 minutes of study.  Here are a couple of photos from it.

Back to Prague

I took an early train to Prague on Tuesday.  I’ve included a couple of pictures from the trip.  I arrived early enough to take care of a few t ings like a little laundry in the sink. (Pictures NOT included.)