Several years ago, a young man named Mira finished his army service in Prague and, upon his release prepared to go back to his home in south Bohemia not too far from the Austrian border. His life had changed during his time in the army. He had become a Christian. His desire was to help create a group of Christians in his home city of Ceske Budejovice. I’ll never forget the emotions I felt as Jim Smelser and I met with him in his hometown that first Sunday. Through the years many things have changed there. Several American brethren have done fine work both long and short term, and a solid group of mature Christians meets in that city.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to go there for the first time in more than a decade. (I’ve seen most of the brethren regularly through the years, but in different places.) I was only there for a couple of hours, but was able to eat and talk with Jindra about several topics important to both of us. It was pleasant, productive, and the pizza was great!

I took a few pictures along the way I want to share. Prague is known as the “City of 1000 Spires” for the picturesque skyline of churches. It might be known as the “City of 1000 Spires and 1 ugly, modern TV Tower.” At least when we lived in that neighborhood we could always find our way home. I also took a few shots in the main train station for those of you who remember what it looked like “back in the day.”

The landscape in south Bohemia is characterized by gently rolling hills, and a variety of types of farms. The solar farm was new, and indicative of how advanced the people are technologically. On the way back to break, the train broke down for an hour, but the thunderstorm made for some lovely cloud formations.