Dear prayer partners,
I want to begin by wishing all of you a successful new year in serving the Lord. May we do greater things through greater faith in the coming year. We pray the Lord's richest blessings upon every spiritual endeavor.
We ended the year here in Brno in the same way it began. Doing our best to serve the Lord by being witnesses unto Him. We distributed the majority of our newly printed Christmas tracts. “Jesus, the reason for the season” We went out on St. Mikulash day the sixth of December and distributed our tracts dealing with that pagan holiday. The children are visited by St Mikulash, a demon, and an angel. If they sing Christmas carols and their parents approve, the children are given candy. If the parents want to discipline the children, the demon gives them coal. This tract is based on the true story of Debra's former Czech language teacher. She describes how fearful she was leading up to the visit. She knew she had not been doing right and she feared that the demon would take her away.
This is the first year we were able to get into an orphanage in the city. The Lord made this possible and brought it to our attention. Most orphanages are run by the Government and we are not permitted in to minister at all. This is a private orphanage supported through private donations. After communicating with the director I received a list of needed household items. We did not purchase gifts as there exists a separate “tree of fulfilled wishes” that is placed in the mall nearby. Along with the items we bought we included of course Bibles and gospel tracts. We pray this may open the door to further outreach opportunities there.
Each year we also do an inner city outreach to the homeless. We purchase food, clothing items like socks, gloves and even hats. Included are always a Bible as well as gospel materials. If you have never personally handed food or clothing to a cold and sincerely hungry man, woman or child, you don't yet understand how good it feels to go about doing good in the steps and the name of our Lord.