Between 2015 and 2018, our church celebrated numerous important anniversaries, and we are nowhere near finished with many more coming. This year in June, the ECCB’s Diaconia is celebrating 30 years of its existence. This non-profit organisation, which focuses on social services and was established, quite surprisingly, just before the Velvet Revolution and the fall of the communist regime, has managed to go a very long way during these 30 years. It has gained quite a renown and achieved many successes, including the foundation of its centre for humanitarian help, which brings aid to countries where people are suffering from hunger, floods, and other catastrophes. Its presence is also firmly established in refugee camps far, far away from Central Europe. It should also be noted that Diaconia is the second largest organisation of its kind in the Czech Republic, following Catholic Charity. We will certainly bring reports from this anniversary in the next issue of the Bulletin; in this issue, however, you can look forward to finding out about how Diaconia has managed to renovate five schools for little students in Burma, which is a delightful read.
The Evangelical Academy is another organisation our church can be proud of. The scope of its activities does not go beyond Central Europe this time, but that does not make it any less important. It runs seven schools within the Czech Republic – you can learn more about the newly established one in Brno, called Filipka, in the interview with its director.
The Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren notices and takes care of those around the world who are persecuted because of their religious or other beliefs. We do not have the abilities or power to actively intervene; what we can do, however, is drew attention to these issues, organise debates and protest gatherings. We have brought another report covering this topic – definitely not the first or the last article of the sort. Let us believe there will come a time when there will be no need for such protests. If not here and now, then in God’ Kingdom. Let us hold on to this promise.
Wishing you a peaceful summer, and, if possible, also a refreshing one.
On behalf of the Editorial Board,