Day 8: (Thursday): "Christianity and Communism"

Trip Start Jun 20, 2007
Trip End Jul 04, 2007

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Day 8: (Thursday): "A Lesson in Christianity and Communism"

This morning, after a continental breakfast, we meet with Tim Noble, a professor of contextual theology and mission at the IBTS. He gave us a history of Christianity in the Czech Republic. I think it opened our eyes more to the sad situation that is occurring today. Because of the continual oppression of the people by institutions like the government of the church, most people no longer trust institutions. This is thought to be a major reason behind the decline of Christianity in the region.

Later on we were traveling again, this time to Jicin. We had to take a bus to the train station, and then switch trains after about an hour of travel (not an easy feat with 20 people). The next train we boarded was a SMALL country train. It only had two cars, and most of had to sit in the back with our luggage. The cool thing was that even though we didn't have any seats, and we were all hot, and tired, and a little ragged, we were still full of joy. Marijke took out her guitar and we started singing praise songs, right there on the train.

It occurred to me then that perhaps this mission trip was not all about "the kids from over there". It was about our kids too. It seems that God has pushed us to limit, and we have come out stronger.

In the evening, when we finally reached our destination (School in Jicin), we had a traditional Czech dinner of Meat, Dumplings, and Cheese Sauce. We enjoyed some more fellowship time and once again were grateful to go to sleep.

-- Submitted by Heidi
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