Would Jesus put His Church on a street filled with sex clubs?
Matthew 11:19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”
Jesus broke the rules of conventional religion. He came to us in midst of our broken to show us God's love.
For months we have been praying for God to show us the right place to have an ongoing ministry presence in the city. We have a wonderful facility we rent on Sunday's for services but it is not suitable or available for ministry through the week and it is not in an area that is frequented by internationals. After many failed attempts to rent space where the owners did not want a church. We gave up and prayed, "God if this is your will, bring us the location." Two days later we got a call from a friend about some Czech believers who own a building on Ve Smeckah street that are looking to rent out a restaurant space but they do not want to rent to the sex clubs. The owners want the light of Christ to shine on this street to offer hope in the darkness.
Ve Smeckah street has numerous sex clubs. In truth several of them are brothels. The street which is about 400 meters long, ends at Wenceslas Square one of the busiest places in all of Prague with tens of thousands of pedestrians every day. The Square is also where all 3 Metro (Subway) lines intersect. It is the very heart of this beautiful city. And it is a place of incredible brokenness and need. During the night the area is filled with prostitutes and pimps. Prague is the number one destination for Stag parties from all over Europe because the beer and sex is so cheap. During the day time the street is more quite and often filled with travelers. But even then in the Pasaz (passage ways between buildings) it is not uncommon to see drug users shooting up. Prague is a city that is spiritually dark. Recent statics show that 90% of the people consider themselves atheist. But there is a spiritual openness here.
We are in the process of exploring how to remodel the space for ministry use and to explore a partnership for a cafe to be at the core of its operation. Jesus came eating and drinking. And we believe we are to follow His example in connecting with the lost sharing meals with them and show them the love of Jesus.
This is a huge step of faith. Due to the nature of an International Church many of our core families are moving away this summer. We need God to send us new workers to serve our youth and help us develop outreaches to the people around us.
This space will enable us to host many other types of ministries in an area that is very accessible to people from all over the city. But it is also a big financial commitment.