Czech Republic is a landlocked country between Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Austria.  Emerging from the  communist regime in 1989, it rapidly democratized and has one of the most developed economies in central Europe with strong industry and manufacturing components.  But the long and turbulent history and the fact that it has not been a religious society for hundreds of years, has left a significant falling away and fading of religious influence in the society. There are new churches and ministries springing up, especially with younger people.  Unfortunately the Catholic Church in this area has failed to play a relevant role in the new society after communism and is in rapid decline, unlike its neighboring countries of Poland and Slovakia.  The […]
Cyprus has a long history. It is first mentioned in the New Testament book of Acts as the native place of the apostle Barnabas, and it was also the scene of Apostle Paul’s first missionary journey.  The Orthodox Church, the major church in Cyprus, was founded by Paul.  It is different from the Roman Catholic Church in that it has no central doctrinal or governance authority similar to the pope.  In early Christianity, the Great Schism divided the (eastern) Orthodox and (western) Catholic churches.  The Orthodox Church is the only original church that was not derived from the Catholic church.  All other denominations came from the line of (western) Catholic churches.  Lutheran, Calvinists, and Baptists split early from the Catholic Church.  Episcopal, […]
Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean.  It is a beautiful country in a time warp from 1959 and has had many obstacles, including the Soviet meltdown in which they no longer received subsidies, the US trade embargo, hurricanes, a repressive socialist government, and corruption.  They have a high standard in literacy, education and health, but live with no freedom and with repression of all religion.  Restrictions have eased a little since 1990 and they are now considered a secular state rather than an atheist state, easing the discrimination against Christians.  56% of the population claim to be Christian, and evangelicals have doubled between 1995 and 2010. Pray that the churches will continue to increase in Cuba, and more […]

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Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life and hope she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study. Her stories of life, hope, and everyday faith show how we can experience real faith in our daily lives.