Europe

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    Battle for the Heart

    Battle for the Heart (Proces Celym srdcem) offers Czech Christ-followers longing for a deeper relationship with God a pathway leading toward deep, sustainable spiritual transformation. Through this process designed around community, we build skills to connect with ourselves and with God with our whole hearts, recognizing who God has created us to be, which enables us to engage wholeheartedly with the world around us.

    The spiritual formation process consists of two weekend retreats with individual and team follow-through material between events. The funds raised here will provide scholarships for participants to attend the retreats who may not be able to pay the full cost, as well as offset costs for the many volunteers needed to organize these events. Upcoming weekend events will take place in February and fall 2024.

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    Czech translation of a discipleship program for the incarcerated

    The Czech Republic has the fifth-highest incarceration rate in the European Union (out of 27 EU member states) and the ninth-highest of all the 46 European countries. It is often argued that the Czech Republic is among the most secular countries in the world. Yet, a rich spiritual heritage is part of Czech history, including Jan Hus, a reformer who inspired Martin Luther, and the Moravian Brethren, who accomplished amazing missionary work in North America and all over the world. Despite this rich heritage, the Czech nation is now profoundly secular. Prisoners have a unique opportunity to step away from the snares and demands of life and think about what really matters. Many inmates carry a lot of guilt and experience intense loneliness.

    After COVID-19 restrictions were lifted and Czech prisons opened again to NGO workers, a door opened for an evangelism program called The Prisoner’s Journey® (TPJ) to be presented to inmates in a group setting of 8-12. God’s favor was shown through the new director of the entire Czech prison system, who is a believer in Jesus, which is quite special in a population with less than 0.5% of evangelical believers. This 8-week program presents Jesus and the Good News in a concise and appealing way. It follows the storyline of Mark’s gospel, along with video testimonies from different places around the globe of people who met Jesus in prison. This material was translated and published in the Czech language about 10 years ago and, after a slow start, is currently used in about 20 out of 36 prisons by chaplains and volunteers.

    The team that created TPJ also developed a follow-up material called Discipleship Explored Prison Edition. This program follows a similar format and uses the book of Philippians to help people discover what following Jesus is about. Each of the eight sessions focuses on a specific topic, such as righteousness, joy, and contentment. It’s easy to make a list of the things Christians do — go to church, read the Bible, pray, share the gospel — but that doesn’t tell us much about what following Jesus is actually like. That’s where Discipleship Explored comes in.

    Besides all the good work that prison chaplains do in programs and one-on-one meetings, there is a growing number of graduates of TPJ, along with others who would benefit from further exploring the path of following Jesus through a follow-up program. With your help, we will be able to publish the Czech translation of the Discipleship Explored Prison Edition. The plan is to train leaders of TPJ (chaplains and other volunteers) in leading the Discipleship Explored Prison Edition so that they will have a follow-up program to offer that unpacks the topic of discipleship to the groups that have graduated from TPJ. For this to become a reality, the materials need to be officially published along with the accompanying videos that are yet to be translated and dubbed. 

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    Matthew Baugher

    Matthew is participating in Advance Global, a 9-month, international discipleship and service opportunity. He will serve in Halle, Germany with Soli Deo Mennonite Church. While he will learn much about himself, he hopes to offer his time and energy to serve the local community and body of Christ. This will include connecting with and discipling newer believers, facilitating bible study groups, and participating in the teaching and music ministries of the church.

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    Darrel & Miriam*

    Darrel and Miriam* and their family serve with an international church that has become a home to people from many nationalities. Darrel provides pastoral oversight, and Miriam is involved with the development of various church ministries, including reaching out to immigrants. Darrel also serves as the regional representative for West Europe.

    *Last name omitted for sensitivity reasons.

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    Eric & Janelle*

    We are working with Soli Deo International church in the heart of Eastern Germany. Our church community is made up of refugees/asylum seekers, international university students and German nationals. A significant part off our ministry focuses on neighborhood relationships and outreach, prayer and intercession, small group/Bible teaching and hospitality.

    *Last name omitted for sensitivity reasons.

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    Phil & Linda Gottschalk

    Phil and Linda serve Ukrainian refugees in a cooperative ministry with a number of local churches and other missionaries in Bucharest, Romania. They are theological educators, having trained pastors and other Christian leaders since 1986 in Ukraine, Serbia, Bulgaria, Austria, Belgium, and the Netherlands. They intend to move to Ukraine to serve with Zaporizhzhya Bible Seminary after the Russian war against Ukraine is over.

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    Sonya Harnish

    Sonya serves in administration at Crossroads-Torchbearers Albania which facilitates an international Bible school and Christian summer camps for children and youth. She serves alongside the Erseke Evangelical Church in ministry to disadvantaged children through an after school program and children’s home.

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    Jan Heindel

    Jan serves in Prague through teaching English, building local relationships, and discipling youth and young adults in her local congregation. She strives to model a biblical lifestyle in post-Christian Europe and nurture others into the freedom and life that Jesus offers.

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    Jonas & Hannah*

    Jonas and Hannah* serve in intercultural church planting and mentoring church planters in Germany.

    *Names changed for sensitivity reasons. 

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    Paula*

    Paula* serves as a coach and organizational leader for Petra Peacebuilders, an organization dedicated to providing preemptive resilience support for people working to build peace in places where fieldwork takes a heavy toll.

    *Name changed for sensitivity reasons.

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    Bob & Miriam Phillips

    Bob and Miriam have been involved in evangelism and church planting in the Netherlands since 1993. They have served with Crossroads International Church for many years. Bob and Miriam also serve with Serge, and are currently working in leadership development, evangelism training, and arts outreach with Serge’s international teams.
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    Stacy & Vojta Prknovi

    Vojta serves with Prison Fellowship Czech Republic (a local branch of Prison Fellowship International), through which he serves both persons incarcerated, and their children and families outside the prison. He helps to lead, translate, and facilitate “Battle for the Heart” cohorts, and offers language coaching to missionaries living in the Czech. Stacy teaches English and helps to give leadership to an informal language café hosted by a local Czech Brethren church. Together, they serve as EMM’s regional representatives for Eastern and Central Europe.

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Stacy & Vojta Prknovi

Vojta serves with Prison Fellowship Czech Republic (a local branch of Prison Fellowship International), through which he serves both persons incarcerated, and their children and families outside the prison. He helps to lead, translate, and facilitate “Battle for the Heart” cohorts, and offers language coaching to missionaries living in the Czech. Stacy teaches English and helps to give leadership to an informal language café hosted by a local Czech Brethren church. Together, they serve as EMM’s regional representatives for Eastern and Central Europe.

Additional information

Region

Europe

Location

Czech Republic

Appointment

Long-term

Home congregation(s)

West Clinton Mennonite Church, Wauseon, Ohio, West End Mennonite Fellowship, Lancaster, Pa.

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