Marek & Julie Hancik
Czech Republic is most likely to be the most atheistic country in Europe. The 2011 census revealed only 11% claim to be Christians, and those are mostly Catholics. Our hearts yearn to see Czech people understand their need for Jesus as their Saviour. Our ultimate goals are church-planting and training nationals for ministry leadership. Since our move to CZ in 2006 we have been working closely with Marek's home church in Brno, ministering in neighborhoods through kids' clubs, cultural events and through the establishment of a Christian library. Marek has served as an elder in this church and as youth leader, as well as teaching weekly Bible seminars. We have also been working with Word of Life Camps near the city of Brno, Marek in the leadership of counseling staff and Julie in helping with the English program. In addition, in 2008 we were invited to share in the church plant ministry in the nearby town of Kurim. Marek has been privileged be part of the teaching there and we value the relationships we've made.
In December 2009, with the goal of church planting, we moved to the town of Tisnov, which is 20 kilometers outside of Brno. It has a population of 10,000 and is growing rapidly with new housing developments. There is no evangelical church in this town. Our desire is to see God bring people to know Him and to build His church here. With God's help and guidance, we have begun church meetings, Bible studies, and building relationships with local schools and community centers through English programs. Please pray as we begin this new phase of ministry in Czech Republic.
Marek is from Brno, Czech Republic. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Moody Graduate School in Chicago. He also has a previously earned a Master's Degree in Education of History and Geography from Masaryk University in Brno, CZ. Julie is from the U.S. and graduated from Moody Bible Institute in December 1997 with a B.A. degree in Print Media Communications. In 2004, she completed a certificate to Teach English as a Second Language, also from Moody Bible Institute.
We moved to the Czech Republic as missionaries in June 2006, and now have a daughter and twin boys.