Friday, August 30, 2013

Opening Ancient Wells

Several of you have asked us about the trip to Moravia, how it went and so on.  Others hoped we record our activities and impressions in the church in Moravia ... Well, of course, there is so much to say I hardly know where to start!  But here is how we spent the last two weeks! We were so honoured to be a part of this event!

To set the mood, here is a photo of a few of the participants.  We took on the last day after the final meeting and though everyone is not pictured, and it makes for a happy memory.

Briefly (left to right) you can see here Dean Taylor and his family from Elmendorf in America, Gertrude & Edouard from Austria (whom we first met years ago in Switzerland), Peter & Susan Hoover, with two of their boys, from Tasmania, Erol was there from London (via Cyprus and Turkey!), then there was a delegation from France next to Karel, our guest pastor, as well as many locals and friends, members of his congregation in Hustopece.

The entire event was planned and organized by Karel with great help from his family and friends in the church.  We've hosted enough events of this kind to know the intense activity involved and to appreciate the smoothness of the whole operation!  They had managed to get the help and support of the local Reformed Church in the town as well as use of the cinema for a couple of meetings!  This meant that the whole emphasis was wider and more ecumenical than it might otherwise have been and the weekend had wide-spread support beyond the mere boundaries of ethnic Hutterites.

Everywhere you went you saw the poster (click here to see it in a new window) in Czech with that lovely couple (newly-weds from Elmendorf, it turns out) smiling out at you.  I sat next to the mayor during the first meeting and noticed his enthusiasm for what was said.

Later on he invited us to a special meeting at the town hall at which time he gave a half-hour speech of welcome to us all as he presented us all with bottles of wine on behalf of the town of Hustopece.  We couldn't help noticing the irony of the moment as we were gathered to mark the four-hundredth and eightieth year of Jacob Hutter's departure from the town under rather less pleasant conditions!

We were graciously hosted by Karel's parents who kindly put us up in their own home and made us feel welcome.  I want to thank all who made the event so meaningful for us.  A special thanks also to Roman & Lenka and their family who invited us to their home.

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