Monthly Archives: April 2015

Safely Home

The trip home was wonderfully uneventful.  Sunday was a long day, but it was good.  Thanks so much for your interest and support in the work in Eastern Europe.  The brethren there often express their gratitude for you as well.  God bless.

Finishing Up

I had one discussion today and will have another in the morning before my flight.  I hopefully will post one final time letting folks know I am safely home.   I will finish up with a few more sights of Prague.  Last night I stopped and took a picture of a drunk who had passed out and the cop who was trying to figure out what to do about him.  She came over and we chatted for a while as she waited transport.  She described the cycle of tourists giving enough money to alcoholics to allow them to become “dead drunk.”  Either they sleep it off on the street or are transported.  When they become sober enough to be back on the street the process starts over.   This particular man was passed out about 50 yards from a street market that has been running since 1232 AD and about 150 yards from an opera house where Mozart’ “Marriage of Figaro” was preformed a few months after he wrote it in 1786.    

During the 25 years since I first came here many things have changed, but many have not.  The cafe where I had my first study with a Czech is still spectacular, tourists still flock to see the astronomical clock, old Town Square is still breathtakingly beautiful, and you still get to pick out your own fresh Czech bread by hand.



Thursday in Prague

This was a relatively quiet day with only two relatively short studies.   The weather was finally warming up again, so being outside was pleasant.  Mentally I am worn out as I begin reorienting towards Florida.

Wednesday in Prague

The day was fulfilled with intensive study and discussion but ended with a light-hearted visit to Katka’s for Honza to help install several panels of wallpaper.   Family projects work the same in any culture and seldom need captions.  



Tuesday Study

The church in Prague is facing some very challenging questions.  The regular Tuesday class we suspended in order to allow me to have a a couple of hours to address some principles that apply to their situation.  Afterwards, several of us spent another few hours discussing the issues in a less formal setting.  While all churches go through difficult perioperidot all come out of them well.  I am convinced these wonderful folks will.  

Back in Prague 

Monday was a travel day.  These 45 minute international connection times are god for my waistline but bad for my blood pressure.  After a pleasant conversation with the bus driver in Czech, I convinced him to chNge his route and drop me closer to my hotel.  He got a kick out of the whole thing, and I got a shorter walk.  When I arrived at the hotel, the receptionist had filled out my paperwork for me.  Only those who have traveled in Europe can fully appreciate how unusual this kindness was.  I was thankful for a relatively relaxing evening leading into what I knew would be some very challenging days before heading home.

Sunday in Sofia

My last day in Sofia was extremely busy and productive.  I preached for the group that meets in the Renaissance Building.   With Aaron’s spiritual struggles, Dinyu still working in the mountains, and Biss being incapacitated that group is not meeting now.   The morning was pleasant and the lesson very well received.   After the assembly,  I met with Hristov, the older Bulgarian man who preaches for that group.  When Biss is healthy and visiting this group, he has a powerful influence for good.  It will be interesting to see how things evolve with him out for a while.

After the assembly, I ate lunch with an American family worshipping with the group.  Following the long lunch and visit I met with Savella for a while.  It all made for a good afternoon and evening. 

Saturday with Biss

I finally saw Biss on Saturday.  Finding him was a comedy or errors on my part and three taxis drivers, but it was well worth it.  He is staying with his brother, sister in law, and niece in a extremely nice flat in the suburbs of Sofia.  He feels like an imposition, but they are doing a great job of taking care of him.  

His wreck occurred when he hit a patch of black ice while riding his bicycle.  The doctor at the emergency hospital, after looking at the x-rays, immediately recommended a joint replacement surgery.  Biss resisted this vigorously and the doctor inserted pins instead.  In couple of months he will be reexamined to see if the bones are healing successfully.  

We laughed, talked, studied, and prayed together for several hours.  He is still dealing with all of this on a emotional level, but I believe he will be fine.  It is our prayer that his family will see his faith and the love of his spiritual family and be moved by these things.  Keep praying.  

Friday in Sofia

Friday was a beautiful spring day, but looking at the mountain reminded me that winter is not over.  The view is spectacular.  They are having problems again with garbage collection.  That brings the feral dogs out at night.  They seldom pose a safety problem, though there are occasional,attacks.  

I spent much of the afternoon with Savella.  I delivers some magazine I brought for her to use in teaching children.  We drank tea and discussed challenges in her family, her health issues, and various Bible questions.  She also took me to an electronics store to price notebooks and tablets.  Biss is in need of one or the other.  






Arriving in Bulgaria

The trip to Sofia was complicated, but turned out fine.  Given the logistics of the trip, I was shocked to look out the window of the plane in Warsaw and see my bag being loaded.  It was late in the evening by the time I got settled in, but I was able to get in contact with Savella and Biss to visit and arrange meetings.