The Word of Life ministry in the Czech Republic began in the fall of 1997 with the arrival of Jonathan and Jennifer Bubar. In the summer of 1998, the ministry hosted Youth Reachout from the United States for a week of street evangelism. From 2003 to 2010 Rich and Alisa Hood were directing ministry faithfully. From 2010 Mirek and Olinka Klepacek, nationals prepared to lead ministry, doing so till today. There are two other couples on staff: Honza and Elyse Halik - Honza Czech national with wife from Quebec. Latest family joined our team (June 2014) was Nate and Katka Holloman. Nate from Delaware and Katka from Czech.
The Czech Republic became an independent country in January of 1993 as a result of the breakup of Czechoslovakia. This 78,000 sq. km country is situated in the eastern part of Europe between Austria, Germany, Poland and the Slovakian Republic. The country is often called "the roof" of Europe as most of the rivers of neighboring countries find their source in the Czech Republic. Many years of living under communist control have negatively effected the population's thinking about God and religion. More than half of the 10.8 million inhabitants claim to have no association with any religion. 11% of Czechs claim a connection to the Catholic Church and only 2% identify with Protestantism.