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February 2020

Serving the Lord in the Czech Republic
News from Missionary Cindy Zirbel Wrucke

 

The Czech Bible with handmade bookmark from LWML.
Handing out Czech Bibles


One of the challenges in sharing the Gospel is assuring the recipient can understand it.  The first barrier, of course, is language. In addition to my work in Prague, I recently shared in mission teamwork with my co-workers for Christ in Germany.

“As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it.” Matthew 13:23 (ESV)

As I was planning a weekend trip to visit a fellow LCMS missionary, she shared a need they had to reach a man who lives in the nearby refugee camp. This man comes to church every Sunday with the Middle Eastern refugees, but he is not from Iran or Afghanistan. He is currently learning German, but not yet fluent. And he doesn’t speak Farsi or English, the other languages the ministry team knows.

It turns out his native language is Czech. He wants to be baptized and has a German Bible, but he struggles to understand it. She asked if I would bring a Czech Bible and speak with him at church.  Of course, I agreed to it.

I took a Czech Bible, along with a handmade bookmark from the LWML ladies, that marked some key verses. The Czech bible also includes the Augsburg Confession and Small Catechism in the back.

When we arrived at church, Ladislav was surprised when I approached him, speaking Czech.  I introduced myself and gave him the Bible, showing him what I had marked.  He was so thankful to have a Bible in his native language, not just so that he could finally understand it, but also to help with reading his German Bible.

After the service, he asked when I might return to help him more.  I told him it might be a few months, but I hope to bring Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation in Czech. I am so happy when missionaries can work together for the good of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
 


This month we look to God as we seek His guidance for our lives:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)


Do you want to know what’s new in Prague with the arrival of spring and the coronavirus?  Read the entire newsletter and find out more details.

 

 

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Thank you for your prayers & support

 

Please Pray for:

•   Ladislav, as he reads his Czech Bible and learns about Jesus Christ, His Savior.

•   The coronavirus outbreak and that lives would be spared, especially those who have not yet heard the Gospel.

•   The hearts of all the Czech people to be open to hearing God’s Word.

Give thanks for:

•   Safe travels and the opportunity to use my Czech language skills in Germany.

•   All of the donors who have helped fund the purchase of Czech Bibles to use in our ministry here.

•   Medical and government workers that help protect us and keep us safe.

Praise God for:

•   The Lenten season that reminds us to focus on Christ’s journey to the cross for us.


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

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
P.O. Box 66861
St. Louis, MO 63166-6861

Make checks payable to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod or LCMS. Include "Wrucke-Czech Republic Support” in the memo line.

Or, you can make checks payable and send to:

Mission Central
40718 Highway E16
Mapleton, IA  51034-7105

Include "Wrucke-Czech Republic Support” in the memo line.

 

Gifts can also be given securely online through the LCMS website at www.lcms.org/givenow/wrucke.

 

 

 

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My mailing address is:
Nad Želivkou 475
Prague 6 – Nebušice
164 00 Czech Republic


 

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