Saturday, April 14, 2018

Tract distribution

Today, we started distribution of the "Judgement Day" (SoudnĂ˝ Den?) tracts to the apartments just north of us. Please remember to pray for those who will be receiving them.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Spring is finally here

Brno, Apr 3 (BD) – For most people in the city, the most pleasant seasons are spring and summer, when azure blue skies and comfortable temperatures become the norm.
Today, we can expect a high of 16°C and sunny skies with variable clouds, according to Accuweather, the popular weather website and app. The hottest days of the week will be Wednesday and Sunday, with highs of 18°C and 19°C respectively.
Except for occasional showers on Thursday, we will see mainly sunny weather. It would be wise to take advantage of the pleasant weather conditions and get some fresh air, as the following week is not expected to be as balmy, according to forecasts. The second half of next week will bring rain, and daytime highs are only supposed to reach 13°C.
According to the weather forecasting website timeanddate.com, the average daily high temperature in April is 16°C, and the average low is 5°C. According to that same website, the mean April temperature is 10 °C, with 13.1 mm of precipitation and a humidity of 64%. In contrast, the average daily high in the month of March is 9°C.

Monday, April 2, 2018

The religious setting of the Czech Republic


The religious setting of the Czech Republic

Brno Daily  March 22, 2018  Adapted from an article written for Brno Expat Centre by Ricky Yates. Title image: Casadei Graphics.     

Palm Sunday is this weekend, so this week Brno Expat Centre (BEC) is publishing their updated infosheet on Christianity in the Czech Republic as well as religious services for both Christian and other major religions.

The Czech Republic is frequently described as one of the most atheistic countries in Europe. However, the unwillingness of Czechs to answer census questions about religious denomination may result in an underestimate of the number of religious Czechs. While it is true that the Czech Republic is relatively irreligious, religion has played an integral role in its history.

For example, St. Cyril and St. Methodius created an alphabet which allowed the language of the Slavic people to be written down for the first time. Jan Hus, who inspired what is known as the Bohemian Reformation, was also responsible for the introduction of diacritics into Czech spelling.

The crushing of the Bohemian Reformation movement in 1620 under the Habsburgs led to the international diffusion of the works of the last Bishop of the Unity of Brethren (Bohemian Brethren), Jan Amos Comenius, an educational reformer whose methods were far ahead of their time.

After World War Two, the Church and its followers experienced a very hard period under the Communist regime. The Church itself suffered oppression, and individuals were subjected to judicial and less institutionalized murder, imprisonment and torture, and to severe and systematic discrimination.

In 2012, more than twenty years after the Velvet Revolution, the oppressed churches were granted final restitution of assets, or financial compensation for what could no longer be returned.

  Czechs and their attitude to faith / religion / church

Today, the average Czech often complains that churches are not very welcoming to newcomers. One reason for this is past communist oppression, which resulted in church congregations suspecting outsiders of being informers.

The second reason is the attitude that those who decide to come to church should already ‘know what to do’. Yet there is now an almost completely un-churched generation who cannot be expected to ‘know what we do in church’.

This negative perception is frequently reinforced by the local media, which emphasize the very stereotypes that people dislike at the expense of reporting on beneficial church activities or churches that are welcoming and growing.

Nevertheless, religious freedom and free expression of faith are now not only guaranteed by law, but also generally respected as a personal (albeit private) right, i.e. Czechs do not mind if someone is a believer as long as their faith is not forced on others around them…






Saturday, March 24, 2018

Finally, Paul wrote, “God gave the increase”



There has been some evidence of true conversion in Martins life. Martin is my auto mechanic. Many of you may remember me mentioning him in previous letters. He always has good questions and even insights about life and relationships. Pray for his growth and opportunities to further encourage and disciple him. He is always very busy with work. We pray the Holy Spirit will work to change his  
priorities.

We appreciate and pray regularly for our supporting churches (family and friends), that the Lord would grant each of you a special blessing for your faithfulness to Him.



For souls still waiting,

Jeff Allison


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Paul also wrote, “Apollos watered”




I have been spending a great deal of time teaching on the family and the Christian home. There is such a great need for this kind of instruction, not only here, but also in the United States. So many parents are struggling with their children, trying to make them behave and do right. Unfortunately it is the parents that first need to get things right, both between themselves and often with the Lord. Children certainly learn far more from what they see and hear than by what they are told. We continue to work on how to be a witness for Christ. How to share the gospel. How to open spiritual conversations with friends and loved ones. Isn't it amazing how hard the devil kicks when it comes to opening up to a friend about the gospel? I continue to encourage the people in memorizing Scripture and being prepared to give and answer to every man/woman that asks.



Saturday, March 10, 2018

Paul said "I have planted"


1 Corinthians 3:6-7  I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

We rejoice for the honor of being involved in the Lord's work.

Our planting ministry continues unabated, even through the cold winter months. We have been amazed at how reticent people are to receive even the smallest gift. You may remember that we printed and distributed a tract called “helping hands”. The tract was distributed along with a pair of mittens for children that didn't have them. The vast majority of people were not willing to allow us to give a pair of mittens to their child. Regardless of how cold is was outside! They simply “know” that there are strings attached. When we left a pair on a bench in the park and walked far enough away, it was only minutes before they were snatched up for a little boy or girl.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Bundle up:


Bundle up: Brno hit by severe cold as temperatures drop to -13°C

Brno, Feb 26 (BD) – Make sure to bundle up properly before going outside this week, as temperatures will decrease severely. Forecasters predict severe cold with temperatures varying between -1°C and -13°C.

Czech Hydrometeorological Institute has issued a Yellow Warning for Extreme Low Temperatures. The warning is in effect until Tuesday, February 27, 4:00 PM CET.

“A drop in air temperature below -12 °C is expected. It will be dangerous to stay outdoors without adequate cover of skin. Little children, the elderly and people with chronic diseases should reduce their time outdoors,” reads Czech Hydrometeorological Institute’s website.

After Wednesday, the temperatures are expected to slowly increase. The highest temperature of the week, -1°C, is anticipated on Sunday, March 4.

February is usually the driest month of the year in Brno. With regards to the temperature range, the average maximum temperature in February is 3°C and the average min. temperature is -3°C.