Wrucke (Czech Republic) Update – August 2022

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Serving the Lord in the Czech Republic

News from Cindy Zirbel Wrucke

My Amazing Czech Tutor

Photo: My Czech tutor, Barbora Vitarogova, holding one-year-old Lambert, with her mother, Ivana, daughter, Jasmine, and son, Jakub, at Jasmine’s kindergarten graduation celebration.

When I first arrived in Prague in 2018, I didn’t know even one Czech word. I soon learned while trying to buy groceries, that I needed a tutor to learn the language as quickly as possible. Barbora “Baru” Vitarogova was highly recommended by a former missionary.

Baru taught Czech classes a few blocks from my flat. She was expecting her second child (now age 4) and her mother, who doesn’t speak English, substituted during her maternity leave. I am so thankful that they both agreed to help. As Christians, they understand the importance of my mission work and the required Czech language skills.

In addition to twice-weekly lessons, I spent Christmas Eve 2018 with them. Baru’s husband, who is a Prague bus driver, drove me by car to their home in a nearby village, Buštěhrad. They joyfully shared many of their traditional Czech customs and cuisine with me. When I broke my arm in 2020, Baru continued lessons at my flat, and her family brought groceries and gifts. She has taken me to the airport at 3:45am for an early morning flight, included me with Czech Christmas caroling, and took me to pick fruit at a Czech farm. She arranged a substitute tutor when her third child was born last summer; again, the substitute did not speak English.

Baru recently included me in Jasmine’s kindergarten graduation as part of their family. I learned that students start preschool at age 3 and have the same set of teachers the first three years of school. They then go to the elementary school from ages 6 to approximately 15.

After the graduation ceremony, Baru asked me to help her teach a beginning Czech class to Ukrainian women, who are refugees here with their children. About 70% of Ukrainians are Christian, so the women were surprised at the number of Czech atheists. I was honored to help these newcomers learn more about the Czech language and culture with an amazing teacher who loves her students. I praise God for Baru and all of her help.



This month we remember the critical need for more missionaries willing to serve:

He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Luke 10:2 (NIV)



To read more about my activities this month, including our Eurasia Regional Missionary Retreat in Greece, or to print a copy of the newsletter, please download it.

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Thank you for your prayers & support

Please Pray for:

•   An easy visa renewal process to allow me to continue my missionary service.

•   Mission-minded applicants for three open GEO missionary positions in Prague (

•   Our Czech pastors who need missionaries to support their work.

Give thanks for:

•   My Czech tutor, Barbora Vitarogova.

•   My fellow Eurasia missionaries and our alliance missionary pastors for their service in the region.

•   Opportunities to share the Good News with many who do not yet know Jesus as their Savior.  

Praise God for:

•   His presence and provisions in our daily lives.

To support the LCMS through the work of Cindy Zirbel Wrucke, you may send a tax-deductible gift to:

Mission Central
40718 Highway E 16
Mapleton, IA 51034

Please make checks payable to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, or “LCMS”. Write “Wrucke-Czech Republic” in the memo line to ensure proper crediting.

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My mailing address is:
Cindy Zirbel Wrucke
Nad Želivkou 475
Praha 6 – Nebušice
16400 Czech Republic


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