Czech Republic is a country of ten million people. There are beautiful rivers, mountains, and valleys. Czech Republic is also the birthplace of reformer John Huss. Millions of tourists visit Prague every year.
However, today more than sixty percent of the population claims no religious affiliation. Of the less than five percent that hold to a Christian worldview, there is often little room for the Roma/Gypsy in their church. This sentiment is changing in a few locations.
Brno Baptist Church has started and sustained a mission point in the Cejl district of the town for more than fifteen years. Presently Joe and Julie Silby are IMB workers who partner with this fellowship for worship, evangelism, sports outreach, and youth camps. Each Sunday, more than twenty-five gather for worship.
In 2009, Roma Christians partnered with IMB workers in Prague to start a new outreach group in Kladno. Boyd and Jennie Hatchel share in worship, ministry, and leadership development with this group. Igor Grytsk, a Ukrainian national, is the leader of this group.
In June 2010, two families from Poland joined in this ministry as a result of the FETE (From Everywhere To Everywhere) long-term missions project. Janek and Ewelina Gil and Rafal and Paulina Gil, along with their children are from Krakow and Tarnov, Poland.