IFES

Students Reaching Students with the Gospel

Czech Republic

Europe faces increasing challenges, with so-called ‘tolerance’ from a secular agenda on the one hand, combined with authorities’ uncertainty about how to handle the growing influence of Islam on the other. There are increasing restrictions on religious activities on campuses and national movements need your prayers for wisdom, creativity and boldness. In countries where Christianity has been oppressed for many years, where the national churches are young, and believers are few, we pray that student movements will raise up godly alumni to impact these challenging societies with the gospel.

The Czech Republic is one of the most developed democratic and economically prosperous post-communist countries. Most Czechs would admit to believing in something; however only 1% are evangelical Christians and 10% Roman Catholics (2011 data). According to a European Union study only 19% of Czech citizens believe there is a God (the second lowest rate among European Union countries) whereas 50% believe there is some sort of spirit or life force.

The UKH is a small but active presence in Czech universities. There has been a realisation in the last year or so that smaller, more local evangelistic events help Czech students who can be quite passive to ‘own’ the outreach and invite their friends along. The movement has also focussed on training group leaders; resourcing them, encouraging them, supporting them and providing opportunities for leaders from different cities to meet together. This has started to bear fruit already: following their national conference in September 2011 one student started a new group on her campus.

View from the inside

Tomas Uher is the General Secretary of UKH. He believes student ministry ‘is the most strategic ministry in our country’.  Thomas recalls the IFES European Evangelism Conferences ‘Because of Love’ (2008) and ‘Undivided’ (2012) as being instrumental in reinforcing his vision and desire to serve students.

Philippians 2:6-12 are verses that have been at the heart of Thomas’ ministry, helping him to focus on the person of Jesus and his example for us: ‘Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.’

Please pray with us:

  • for students to be active in one-to-one evangelism and to have courage in following up;
  • for students to be strong in their faith both during and after their studies amidst atheism and antipathy towards religion.