Hitting the ground running took on new meaning this trip. On Wednesday we had our lecture in Prague on the Bible and Archeology. The brethren worked hard once again to make it a success. I was able to play some small role by distributing some of the attractive ads like the one pictured. In addition to focusing on the actual visitors, the church has taken a long term view by putting effort into videoing the lectures to have them available on their web site. They have also begun using Facebook to advertise to a targeted audience.
It was a cold and rainy night, so the number of visitors was a bit small, but the lecture was well received and the discussion was lively. The lecture itself lasted an hour followed by another 45 minutes of Q&A. We had to call it to a halt because the time the hall was rented for expired. Based on the conversations, I anticipate additional discussions with at least two of the visitors. Please pray for that.
In addition to the photo of the ad, the photos include that period of anticipation as we wait to see who will show up, the equipment being set up, and a couple of the people in attendance.
Half of my life ago-26 years- we moved to Prague. That was made viable by events transpiring a year earlier. The prayers brethren had been praying for several decades were answered. The gospel was allowed to have “free course” in the former Eastern Bloc countries of Central and Eastern Europe. As the Czechs celebrated their Velvet Revolution today it was clear, even amid the hearty protests, that freedom is flourishing here. I thank God for that. I’m awed by the changes that have occurred in society in general, but overwhelmed by the spiritual lives that I have seen begin and grow strong. On this truly special day let’s give thanks for the answered prayers, freedom we as Americans take for granted, and the power of the Gospel.
I arrived safely in Prague after a couple of uneventful flights. I think Lufthansa sharan the seats in regular coach when they created premium coach, but I can’t prove it. As Honza drove me from the airport into the city I saw snow for the first time since I was last here. The brisk weather is invigorating. After a good lunch we went to his house for a visit and planning session. Paula was as delightfully hospitable as usual. She made some card size ads for the lecture I was able to spend some time distributing before the lecture. She has a real knack for that sort of thing. Yes, I was as comfortable as I look in the picture she took. Their dog was comfortable too.