Sunday in the Czech Republic is always hectic for me. The day began with meeting with the church in Prague. The group continues to do very well. Seeing the young people study and help with the setup for the worship is so encouraging. The great group of college student bodes well for the future. A man who attended our lecture visited the service. He had been well impressed with the lecture, and seemed very comfortable during the assembly.
After rushing off far too quickly, I just managed to catch the train to Brno. The main station is closed for renovations, so that makes the trip a little more complicated. I got to their suburban meeting place with about 10 minutes to spare. The attendance was good, and Jan’s mother was visiting. Watching the kids grow up is a joy, and having one rush to me when she saw me shouting, “Hi, Uncle Bill!” touched me deeply. After the meeting ended, I had to rush away again. There’s never enough time.
The “Brno” Study which is now held regularly in Prague presented another great opportunity to spend time with brethren from various Czech churches. They graciously scheduled it around my schedule. We spent the 3+ hours of study and another 3 hours visiting in what proved to be a wonderful day. The approach I took to some stories from the gospels was new to them and created a very positive and lively discussion. It’s such a blessing to see all of them enjoying their time together. Watching the younger generations bond is priceless.
Over the years, little traditions have grown up around my days here. A fairly new is taking the college kids out to eat. They don’t seem to mind something other than school food. Our traditional place couldn’t give us a table, so we boldly ventured into a Tex-Mex place which proved to be surprisingly good. This cuisine was new for Katka and Kris, and they enjoyed it. The meal was sandwiched between Bible discussions with the group. It was another great evening.
When invited, I’m always happy to do a lecture in Prague. I admire their tenacity and innovativeness in continuing to try and keep experimenting with different approaches. Over the past few years, there has been a lot of disappointment. On my last trip, we saw some encouraging signs, so I was cautiously optimistic as we waited to see who would show up. As we waited, Honza prepared to video while little Terezka put visitor info in each chair. As it turned out, we had twice as many visitors as we did 6 months ago. They were attentive and engaged in a good Q&A session until we had to vacate the rented hall. Several of them took some of the free material, about half of them gave us contact info That’s really good for here.), and at least one of them will almost surely go to the church website for videos of some other lectures. The brethren were as excited as I have seen them in a while.