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Czech Republic

Prayer Needs:

  • Pray for a lifting of the spiritual heaviness that permeates a culture continuing to spiral downward into further darkness. 
  • Pray for Czech youth to embrace fresh and creative expressions of Christian fellowship and discipleship. 
  • Prayer for one million copies of a newly translated Czech Bible to be distributed among the Czech people.
  • Pray for the LCMS missionaries working in the Czech Republic and the region.

 

Country Situation:

Following its liberation from communist rule in 1989, the central European country of Czechoslovakia went through more change with a peaceful splitting of the state in 1993, yielding the creation of Slovakia and the Czech Republic.  The regions of Bohemia to the west and Moravia to the east comprise the two main regions and ethnic groups of the Czech Republic.  The capital, Prague, is an historic city with castles, palaces and spas along the Vltava (Moldau) River. 

This country of small cities, towns and villages is densely populated.  Before the separation from communism, the Czech Republic was highly industrialized.  Its openness to foreign investment, a fairly low cost structure, and a well-qualified labor force have helped the post revolution economy to prosper. 

The freedom of economy, lifestyle, and religion that came along with the fall of communism has led to a "Free for All." A degree of complacency exists that has hurt the Church. The moral vacuum that has emerged sees hedonistic materialism assume primacy; crime, sexual immorality, substance abuse as well as depression and suicide are more prevalent today than in Communist times. Atheism rose from 40% in 1991 to 60% in 2001 (and 71% non-religious in 2010).

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod began its relationship with Lutherans in the Czech Republic in 1992, both with the Selesian Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession (SCAEV) and the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in the Czech Republic (ECAV CZ). A year later, the LCMS started sending short-term mission teams to work with youth, do outreach and witness their faith in Jesus by building personal relationships. GEO (long-term) missionaries are also currently serving in the Czech Republic to support the ministry of Lutheran churches there by building relationships through teaching English classes and participating in various outreach ministries.

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Sources: OperationWorld.org and PrayerCast.com)

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Reformation History: Read about Jan Hus, a priest from Bohemia, the ancestral land of the Czech Republic, and how he was used by God.

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Learn about the LCMS missionaries and the work of the LCMS in the Czech Republic. null

 

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