From Ken Wilson:
Since my last update from Poland I have had some fantastic time traveling (on my own I might add), spending time with ministry partners in Poland and the Czech Republic and speaking a few times in between. In Poland I had the chance to speak with a group of 12 young men who have been meeting for over a year now. The older men in the polish church still feel very uncomfortable about small groups but the men 30 and under seem to be quite hungry and their times together are really significant for them. I was impressed with the age range in the group as well as the way that they were interacting after a few comments I had from the life of David and in particular from the relationship between David and Jonathan, who were much more mentor and mentee than simply friends (Jonathan was at least 20 years older than David). The group was very encouraging as I saw the future of the Polish church meeting in the attic of a home.
In Olomouc (pronounced Olomots – with all long o’s), back in the Czech Republic, I spend some really good time with Pavel and Magda and had the opportunity to speak to a group of about 30 women form the four protestant churches in Olomouc – a city of 110,000. That’s right four churches (all less than 100 in attendance) for the entire city. It was great to be able to speak to the women and see such a cooperative spirit among them. They were attentive for my one-hour talk and then they peppered me with questions for the next 45 minutes. It was a great time.
Thursday I traveled to Pardubice, where we partner with Archa Church for English Camp in the summer. I was greeted at the train station by lots of friendly faces and we had a great English Camp Reunion at the Chinese restaurant on the square, near the Zellena Brahna. About 30 students showed up and it was great to see members of the youth group as well as at least four others who are still doing things with the youth group but have not accepted Christ yet. One girl who came to camp last summer, Jana – most girls in CZR are named Jana it seems, came to the restaurant but did not come in because she just did not feel like she was ready to be a part of the group again. Please be praying for her and praying that Dan, Radek, Petca, Daniel, Mikey and Karistinea will all continue to be faithful to the group. They have been regulars at all activities since the summer.
This morning I was able to speak in Silva’s english classes at her school. In the four classes I had a great time. The students took a few minutes to warm up, but as soon as they knew that I understood their English they opened up and asked some great questions. In each class I was able to set forth the gospel clearly and plant some seeds for English Camp this summer. I was praying that it would not seemed forced in any of the classes and God answered my prayers. It was not until I had built some connections with the students and had some laughs about the differences between Czech and American culture that the question of “What do you do for a job?” came up. It was so fun to say, “I have the greatest job in the world. I get to tell people about how much God loves them and that He sent his Son Jesus, who lived a perfect life and then died for them so that we can have a relationship with God.” Silva told me that one of her colleagues, who was in the first class, had a great conversation with her after school asking about what I did and what kind of church I pastored and if there are any churches like that in Pardubice. Silva invited her to Archa. Pray that God would draw Docha to Himself (this was an unexpected opportunity with another teacher in the class.
I am dashing out the door to the second Men’s Conference at he Immanuel Retreat Center run by Youth for Christ. Please pray that God will bless what I have been able to do so far and that the Conference will be great. The snow is falling from the sky in buckets. It is beautiful.
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