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“Do not doubt, but believe.” John 20:27

Wednesday, October 9

Czech Republic


Members of Roma Dance Troupe perform at the Kirchentag in Dresden, Germany.

photo: Gerhard Frey-Reininghaus

If anyone knows about scarcity in the Czech Republic, it is the Roma people. They have often had to survive on little and have experienced more than their fair share of discrimination. However, many in the Roma community live a life of abundant joy. Often pictured as recipients of charity, many people don’t witness the abundant love and joy they share within their community and with others. In the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren (ECCB), 3 of our 31 Diakonie Centers, and eight special schools, work explicitly with the Roma community, and many of the other centers have Roma women, children, and families as clients. Renata is a mother of six who lives in the southeastern town of Vsetin. She became involved with the Diakonie Center there when she and her youngest son began to participate in a program for mothers with young children. Eventually, Renata became a volunteer in that center, and later she was able to find work helping other Roma women and families. Renata did not leave it up to others to care for those in her community; as a recipient of abundance, she became an active agent, providing abundantly for others. In the process, she has become a role model. Like others in the Czech Republic, Renata works to make life abundantly joyful for everyone.

Rev. Dr. Karen R. Moritz, PC(USA) mission co-worker, Prague, Czech Republic

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) People in Mission
Rev. Dr. Karen Moritz, ecumenical relations facilitator, Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren

Jindřich Halama Dr., dean

Presbytery Partnership: Presbytery of Missouri River Valley, with the ECCB

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Nancy Reyes-Flores, BOP
Katie Rhodes, PMA

Let us pray

Holy God, we give you thanks for Renata, for all those working in our Diakonie Centers, and for all who live lives of abundance. In a time of scarcity, help us to celebrate all the signs of your abundance in our communities and world. Empower us to share with one another from the abundance of your love. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 89:1-18; 147:1-11
First Reading 2 Kings 22:14-23:3
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 11:23-34
Gospel Reading Matthew 9:9-17
Evening Psalms 1; 33

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