Sunday, August 30, 2009
These are the Harshes who are our missionary friends who live here. They moved here back while the communists still ruled this area. They have given their lives for the people here and have truly become all things to all men that they might win some. They are planning on starting YWAM base here which will minister to families, the homeless and prostitutes. Please pray for them as the field here is ripe unto harvest. They are true evangelists and signs and wonders follow their ministry. They are well respected by the area leaders in Czech and also in the Ukraine and the United States. We have known them for years and they have proven themselves. If you are looking for a missionary to support who will not waste the money invested, they are the ones we would recommend. Please contact us if you would like to take them on. Meanwhile please pray for them each Friday morning because they go to the red light district on Friday nights to reach the young girls who are in the prostitution business. They need much prayer coverage.
This is sister Goretti who has just celebrated her 51 st anniversary as a nun. She became a nun during the communist occupation of Prague and had to stay undercover until the walls fell. What a testimony she has of how one has to serve God no matter what the danger. Pray for her as she continues to serve the Lord through mercy ministry. She has a deep love for the Lord and blessed us greatly.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Hopefully you can see the lovely art work on the ceiling of the church above. It was breathtaking in the details that were in the paintings that showed different bible stories in them. This is the same church that the arm hangs in .
Ok, now this is an interesting story. In the picture above you can see a dark stick hanging from the ceiling. Actually it is not a stick at all, it is a mumified arm of a thief who was trying to steal something valuable from this church in 1300 something. The priests conferred and decided to cut off his arm and hang it up so others would be aware that thievery does not pay. Now that is church discipline to the extreme.........aren't you glad we don't do that? :>)))))))
This is a clock that was made in the 1300 or 1400's . It is an amazing work and has mechanical figures of the 12 apostles that come out of the door at the half hour. This clock has worked non stop for centuries. An interesting note of history is that the King at the time did not want anyone else in the world to have this invention so he had the maker killed to ensure that there would never be another one like it. Can you imagine if that was still the practice today? All those computer and i phone guys would be history. :>)))
Hopefully you can see the tombstones on the top of this wall. The cemetary in the Jewish section is fascinating. Because the Jews were not allowed to bury their dead in other cemetaries in Prague for centuries they had to bury their dead in the one above. There are around 22,000 dead buried in less than a one acre plot. They are buried in stacks of 12 or more. Can you imagine?
Today we visited the Jewish Ghetto in Prague. It was especially meaningful since we had watched Schindlers list last night. Amazing the perspective that one has after watching that film. These people have suffered so much over the centuries at the hands of others.
There is a holocaust museum of sorts behind the cemetary where there are thousands of letters and pictures from children that were made at Terezin Concentration camp not far from here. Most were killed later in Auschwitz so this is the only record that they ever lived. It is touching to say the least.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
As you can see (I hope) that Prague is lit up at night and the buildings take on a surreal quality. It is so lovely with all the buildings highlighted. I could not get a good shot of the castle etc., but believe me it is gorgeous.
The city is alive at night with crowds of people sitting in cafes and walking around holding hands, and lovers kissing on the bridge. We went out at 11 and could not believe the people. The sad thing is that with all the fun folks are having if you look closely you can also see the down side. There are many drunks living on the streets with only the clothes on their backs and maybe a bag of belongings. They sleep in the entrances of buildings where there is some shelter. It hit us that these same men were once little boys loved by a set of parents who had dreams for them. How sad that they now have no hope aside from the Lord and live like this. We also so many young girls who are prostitutes walking around trying to pick up men. Little girls in their teens. One young girl particularly hit us with the vacant look in her eyes. We have been told that many of them are with the human traffiking movement going on where they are kidnapped and made sex slaves. Our friends Robin and Roger Harsh are missionaries here and they are going to be focusing on this as they set up their ministry in Prague. Please pray for them and these young ones who are wandering around the streets with no hope. If you are an intercessor, please put this need on your regular prayer sheet and intercede for the girls and the Harshes. Thanks so much.
Blessings, Wayne and Sherry
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Hi, We arrived safely on Monday but were so tired from the long night of no sleep. We ended up at the airport at 4:30 a.m for our 9:00 a.m. flight. Oh well at least we got there safely. Roger Harsh picked us up at the airport and drove us to the convent. It is the pink building on the right with the rounded windows. It is very old and right in the heart of the city by the St. Charles Bridge. I will put a few more pictures up so you can see some of Prague. We have slept mostly and just spent the time with the Lord. It has been a good rest for us. We did not realize how tired we were. We will be ready to get back to Ministry come Tuesday.
For those of you who don't go to CCF we got a phone call early Tuesday morning telling us that our dear Mrs. Bath went home to be with the Lord. She was 95 and has been in our church since before we came 23 1/2 yrs ago. We are going to miss her very much. Unfortunately we will not be able to be home for her funeral but Pastor Bill will do the funeral and we are sure will do a great job. We have sent a eulogy to be read at the service for her. Please keep her children and grandchildren in prayer. She prayed with us before we left on this trip and asked God to her pastor and wife for his glory. Oh how we treasure that time of prayer with her.
Bless you all, Wayne and Sherry
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Well here we are at the final day of ministry. It has been great. The gypsy people are so warm and loving and we were blessed to meet with them. The day started with a time of ministry just to the leaders. Wayne taught on 9 Essentials for Leadership and it was excellent if I do say so myself. One to the problems they deal with is faithfullness so this teaching addressed that in a loving way but got the point across. Afterward the service started and we worshiped for 1 1/2 hour and then had child dedication and testimonies and birthday celebration and then Wayne preached on Storms of Life. There was such a sweet presence of the Holy Spirit in the service. At one point everyone fell to their knees and just prayed. Several were crying. It was one of those God things that you just did not want to end. At the end of the service we got to pray for over 30 people who came up. We have been invited to come back in March.
We are waiting for Richard and Anya to arrive and then we will try to get a few hours of sleep. It will be a long day of travel tomorrow.
We will try to update in Prague but do not know if we will have internet access so if you don't hear from us next week you will know why.
Once again thank you for your prayers, financial support and for allowing us to come. You have been a very real part of our ministry over here.
Wayne and Sherry
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Today we started at 10 meeting with the young woman above. I will not give you her name because of her circumstance, but her husband was a pastor and left her for another woman last year. Her story is very heartbreaking because he left her with 2 children and no money. She is battling with the emotions that come from such a betrayal and wanted to ask for help. We met with her until 3 and then went and ate and came home to take a nap.
We will pack up tonight because tomorrow is going to be very busy also. We will go at 2 to meet with the gypsy pastor and his wife and then meet with their leaders to do some training. Afterward we will preach at the gypsy church at 5 (that is when they meet since gypsy people don't go out in the mornings). Richard and Anya are coming for a visit when we return in the evening and then the driver will pick us up at 2 a.m. to take us to the airport in Slovakia for our 9 a.m. flight to Prague. We have to leave so early because the borders have long lines on the weekends and you might have to wait up to 3 or 4 hours to pass through. Can you imagine living like this all the time? It is crazy. The border guards will stand and just look at the people and do nothing but make them wait sometimes for 20 mins or more then they look at your papers and let you drive for 20 ft. and make you stop again and go through the process again. It is a leftover soviet practice. Very maddening, but the people here are very patient and just wait quietly without annoyance. Such is life in the former Soviet countries.
Please continue to pray for us over the next few days as we finish up our mission here. We will try to post pictures from the gypsy church tomorrow night. Starting monday we will be on vacation officially in the Czech Republic and hope to get a good rest and time with the Lord to be refreshed. Please pray for us as we go.
Thank you all for your faithful support, for your comments and for your prayers. You are all a blessing to us.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
This is one of our brothers in the Lord named Takhere. He is a former muslim and came to the Lord after having a vision of Jesus. He is a precious man with a gentle spirit and a desire to see muslims come to Jesus. He says God called him to be single so that he would be willing to go to places where his life was at risk just to reach the muslims. Please pray for him.
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