Monthly Archives: April 2015

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.

  

Biss Update

Biss had his stiches removed today.  The doctors told him not to be concerned about the persistent pain in his thigh.  I plan to visit him tomorrow.  

Wednesday in Prague

After an challenging study in the afternoon I took public transportation to visit Honza, Monika, and the children.  Honza asked for a summary of the material I had presented in Brno on Sayturday as supper was being prepared. Monika did an amazing job with Czech burritos.  After the meal, we had time to discuss some questions that are pressing for them.  This wonderful family personifies the fruit of the Spirit, and I was blessed to be in their company.  

   

 

Tuesday in Prague

It has been an interesting week in the Czech Republic.  In response to boldly aggressive moves on the part of Russia, US troops have been on maneuvers that included an armored column passing through Prague.  In response to suggestions of major protests, the country showed a very vocal demonstration of support.  Seeing the flags over the National Library touched me deeply.  

Tuesday gave opportunity for two very intensive studies sandwiching the group study at Mike’s.  To stretch a bit, I walked the couple of miles to the study.  It allowed me to go through a neighborhood we lived in here.  Easter is near and the festivities are evident.  The walk also have me opportunity to be reminded of how challenig life is here for those who are older and physically challenged.  On the lighter side, tourism is booming.  Fort eh record, the feet in the water are not mine!

   

         

Monday in Prague 

Monday was a quiet day with only one study. I took some time to walk around the city.  When I went out the front door of the hotel I realized what had been making so much noise.   I walked down the street to a market that has been operating on that site for more than seven centuries.   I made my way to a bridge that began to be built in 1357.  Along the way, I stopped for some pictures along the way.