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.
Brno DailyMarch 22, 2018 Adapted from an
article written for Brno Expat Centre by Ricky Yates. Title image: Casadei
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
1 Corinthians 3:6-7I 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