Thank God for the fruitful work he is doing amongst the international students in Czech Republic. Crosslinks workers are now busy with final preparations for the International Student Ministry Weekend away in March. Please pray for Mark, the speaker, for helpers coming to cook, for open hearts ready to change, and for a mutually enjoyable and encouraging time.
OM EAST is currently working on a new booklet to support ministries reaching out to women working in prostitution. When finished, it will be produced in Czech and Romanian, with other Central and Eastern European languages to follow. The booklet shares the testimony of a woman who turned to God for help as her life was falling apart. It’s a story of how God saved her, gave her hope and a new life. Stories like these play an important part in reaching out to women in red-light areas. Sarah* working in this ministry area sums up her hopes for the impact that these booklets will have: “May they tell each woman that they are not forgotten and that the Almighty God loves them and longs to help them.” *Name changed
About 70% of Czechs don’t believe in God and, since the fall of communism in 1989, the country has become increasingly obsessed with materialism. Many sects and cults have seen this religious vacuum as an opportunity to plant their own seeds and consequently the need for the influence of the gospel is now greater than ever. In partnership with the Czech Church, OM Czech Republic has sought to build relationships within communities through the ECC Language School. Pray for the ministry of this school which offers English classes, as well as English home Bible studies and summer English camps. These first steps often lead to opportunities to present the gospel.
Population: 10,553,948 (2015)
Official languages: Czech
GDP (PPP) per capita: $34,849 (2017 est.)
Life expectancy: 78 years
Religions: 67% Atheist or Agnostic, 30% Catholic, 3% Protestant