Here are some updates from Ken Wilson’s Winter 2015 Mission trip to the Czech Republic…
Update #1: The Monastery
I have arrived safe and sound in the Czech Republic and have had a good night of sleep after missing a night of sleep on the flight over. I am currently sitting in the kitchen of a Monastery which was build in the 16th Century about forty minutes north of Prague. This is where the Men’s retreat will be held. Between 30 and 40 men will be here for the first Men’s Retreat with this group. I also found out this morning that the retreat will actually be Friday, Saturday and Sunday Morning. The theme for the Weekend will men “Becoming Men of Wisdom” and I will be teaching from he Book of Proverbs. Here is a link to the page where Tomas has advertised it. If you open it up in “google Chrome” it will translate to for you. If not then just look at the pretty pictures or you might have to learn Czech.
Update #2 – Men’s Retreat
talented. Eventually, Tomas picks up his guitar and starts playing. Another man, Martin, takes out his violin and joins him. This makes the transition to worship songs. It is amazing.
My teaching is from the book of Proverbs and what it says about manhood. The men seem to have been very receptive. I’ll know a little more after the trip home tomorrow (Czech’s are never shy about giving feedback, even if it is negative). Pray that this group of men will be the beginning of something that will continue into the future. I have worked for a number of years with Pavel Meckovsky who has a men’s ministry in the eastern portion of the country (Moravia). For various reasons he has never been able to get anything off the ground in the west (Bohemia). I think this might be the start of something.
Also, pray for me as my ministry continues here in the CZR and I preach twice on the next two Sundays, meet with the elders from the church we have partnered with in Prague, as well as traveling to Pardubice to meet with the church we currently partner with for English camps, and I teach a weekend training for pastoral counselors. In between I will connect with many from previous English camps and teaching times. Pray specifically for energy and focus as I change venues frequently.
I very much appreciate the opportunity I have to be involved here and know that I could not do it without a great church supporting me and praying for me.
For the Only Cause that Matters,
P.S. How many of you have a drum?
Update #3: Sunday Ministry
Sunday was a busy day and full of ministry. We finished up the Men’s retreat with a final session in which the men had some great time in worship (Drums included) and then worked in groups doing a final study of Proverbs looking at characteristics of Godly men. Breaking up into groups for a study and then sharing your observations is always risky when you don’t speak their language but this went very well. Overall, I was very encouraged by this first Bohemian Men’s Retreat (That sounds Pretty Cool, now that I write it out). It seems that some of the men already want to be a part of putting something together for next year.
Update #4: Meetings, Meetings, Meeting
It is Wednesday Night here and I have been meeting with people non-stop. Monday I had a fantastic meeting with Sasha. We met for about three hours to talk about his church plant and some of the projects he is involved in here in the Czech Republic. He grew up in an atheistic family and came to Christ when he was a teenager and has had a real passion to reach the country from that time. I wrote before about his translation of the Bible into contemporary Czech (Bible 21). The translation has been wildly successful (in Czech terms) with the younger population of the country. He is currently working on a project to make the Large Print edition available for the older population. This is a forgotten generation here and making the bible available in a format they can read has the potential to reach an age group that grew up under Communism who has never heard the gospel.
Update #5 : Pardubice & Pastoral Counseling & Preaching
Thursday – Pardubice Reunion and English Camp Planning