The Czech Republic
At one time the Czech Republic had a rich Christian heritage. The Moravian Brethren, followers of martyr Jan Hus, were some of the first missionaries on American soil. Today, however, most Czech people deny that God even exists. With less than 1% of the population professed evangelical believers, a strong mistrust in both political and religious systems, and very few absolutes for moral behavior, the Czech people are the highest religiously unaffiliated country in the world. It is a dark place that is very much in need of the light of Jesus Christ.
Brian and Pam Eichelberger
Brian and Pam Eichelberger have been ministering to people throughout their lives. Brian was raised in the Dillsburg area while Pam was raised in the Johnson City, NY area.
Having met at Baptist Bible College (now Summit University) they were married in 1985 and have served in various churches in New York and Pennsylvania. In 2001 they attended a mission's candidate and preparation seminar where God directed them to commit to serving in the Czech Republic from 20023-2005. After further ministry in the US, the Eichelbergers returned to the Czech Republic in 2014 where they live and minister in the city of Ceske Budejovice.
The Eichelbergers are committed to serving this highly secularized nation and sharing Christ’s love with those God brings into their lives. They build relationships through friendship evangelism, teaching ESL, sports outreach, wilderness training, hospitality, marriage courses, which lead to a profound inroad to the lives of the Czech people. They use their home as a safe haven for those experiencing the hardships of life and as a stage upon which they can live out the true meaning of God’s truth in Jesus.
Operation Christmas Child
We promote the Christmas Child shoebox project, providing children in other countries with a Christmas present. ‘Every gift-filled shoebox is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship-transforming the lives of children and their families around the world through the Good News of Jesus Christ!
We promote the giving of culturally appropriate gifts at Christmas time. While in our country we would never think of giving chicks, a household water filter or even a emergency housing to someone at Christmas, in some countries it could make a world of difference.