How can I start this blog? It feels like there are some encounters that are far bigger than you are. This is one of those. Two days ago Lyndyl looked out our window and saw a 70 year old man struggling to put up his tent. The wind was getting up pretty good, so he went out to help. I sat in our trailer and blogged while Lyndyl did this. When my husband came back, he said, "You have to meet this guy! He grew up in Czechoslovakia under Communist rule. He has been stuck in the United States since October. He came to see his daughter who lives in Washington, then they shut down the borders into his country because of covid." I was fascinated! I want to know more. Nosey me. I met him, and I listened to him talk.
Before 1990, Czechoslovakia was under Communist rule. Josef's father was high up in the Communist Party. His father was in Washington during the Cuban missile crisis. Oh my! Josef was 20 years old at this time, and he said that came to the United States and fell in love with the Cowboys because of Bob Hayes. He has always been a Cowboy fan. He loves Texas. Anyway. Josef grew up under the Communist "privilege." He got to shop at different places than the ordinary people, and he got to read magazines and newspapers. He was allowed to get an education. He became a dentist. Others were not allowed these opportunities. He said that under Communist rule, from the time a child could talk, they were told that America was bad and Russia was good. All Czech people grew up brainwashed, and if they thought any different, they didn't say it because they would lose their job or worse. They never even talked to their children, because their children might say something, and their future would be ruined. If a teacher wanted to believe in God, she would no longer have a job. He said that to this day the older people still believe that Communism is the way - his generation. I asked him how he escaped, and he said, "I could see what was happening."
So in 1990, the Russian Communist Party rule fell. Countries separated. Czechoslovakia became the Czech Republic, a parliamentary democracy. During this time, if you knew the right people, you became very rich. His cousin was one of these people. He said at the fall of Communism, businesses were way undervalued. His cousin bought a furniture company for $6,000 and two years later sold it to IKEA for $18 million. The whole time we were together Josef talked about this cousin. He was so concerned for him. He said that just before Easter this year, his cousin's best friend was killed in a helicopter crash in Alaska. He said, "You can look it up," and we did. The March 29, 2021 headline read: Czech Billionaire Is Among 5 Killed in Heli-Skiing Crash Near Alaska Glacier. Petr Kellner (his cousin's best friend) was listed as the wealthiest man in the Czech Republic. Forbes has him worth $17.5 billion. Josef's cousin and Petr Kellner were born one day apart, and they did everything together. Petr was also one of the ones who knew people during the fall of Communism. He bought all of the insurance companies for $60 million, but no one knows where he got that money. I did the math. These two men are 56 now. They would have been in their mid twenties during this transition. Joseph also said that if his cousin had had his green card, he would have been in that helicopter. I could not understand all of the details, but this cousin is in the United States without a green card. He can't go back to the Czech Republic or he will lose all he has worked for. He is stuck, and he can't do anything for fear that he will be caught. There are also people - lawyers - who are blackmailing him. He is in a hard place. Josef's heart is broken for his cousin, and he wants to help. Josef knows that God is the only One who can help, but he doesn't know how to get his cousin to turn to God.
Back to Josef's story. Twenty years ago his wife passed away. This left him very confused. Then six years ago, he was invited to a retreat, and there he met God. Or he said, "God found him." His life changed. Hallelujah, thank you Jesus! But he still does not understand. What about the different religions? Joel Osteen? Mormans? I just told him to trust the Bible and what it says, but when listening to men, face Jesus with your heart wide open, and ask Him, "Is this the truth. God will lead you. Jesus is the answer, not a man." So he stood there with heart-wide-open to let God do whatever He wanted to do. There is such a strong desire in him to follow Jesus. He is amazing. So I prayed for him, and he sat there and received. Thank you Jesus!!!
So last night I woke up praying for this man, that God would make him a clear witness for His glory. I prayed that the spirit of wisdom and understanding would enter his heart to lead him and guide him into all truth. I prayed for a five minute harvest. That's what Twyla Wallace saw in a dream - seeds planted and five minutes later, there was fruit. I prayed for boldness and courage to speak the truth in love. I prayed for the Spirit to descend with power over the Czech Republic and that hearts would be wide open to receive. I prayed for the fire to fall to purify that which is impure in the Czech Republic - light and truth and mercy and grace. Freedom. Joy. Peace.
This morning Josef came and drank coffee with us. It is his desire that I meet with his cousin. He thinks his cousin could hear me, so I pray! God, you said that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but NEVERTHELESS, nothing is impossible with you. Do the impossible. God, send Your Spirit. Send Your mercy and grace. Send Your kindness that leads to repentance. Send hope and a future. Send peace. Send comfort. Send joy. LORD, we need You to do what none of us can do. Rescue. God, I am asking for an open door. In Jesus' name.
Yesterday, Josef went to the North Rim to see if he could rent the Lodge for a month so that Petr Kellner's family can come together to find peace. This man's death is like a hornet's nest. There will be many people who get stung. LORD, I ask that You orchestrate deliverance. I am asking that in Jesus' name. AMEN
For all my praying friends, would you help me pray for this man and his country. I do not think that it is by accident that we me.
Blessings to you,