I’ve been to the Czech Republic five times, and it’s one of my favorite countries in the world. Prague, its capital, is one of my favorite cities, and it is a beautiful place to visit. Yet it wasn’t until I started researching the history of the Amish, that I realized the Czech Republic played a huge part in Anabaptist history.
The Anabaptist religion started in Switzerland in the 1520s when ordinary followers of God believed that adults should be baptized, instead of babies. During that time infant baptism was required more for the state than for religious reasons, and the Anabaptists believed in believer’s baptism.
Refusing to follow government edicts, they were persecuted and many fled to more tolerant countries, including the Czech Crown Land of Moravia. These hard-working craftsmen were welcomed to the land, and their numbers grew. They flourished for a hundred years until the Habsburg King Ferdinand II expelled them in his purge of Protestantism in the country. From there they continued to move, finally ending up in the United States under the new name of “Amish,” after one of their Dutch leaders Jakub Ammann.
As I walked the ancient cobblestone streets of Moravia a few years ago, I marveled at how my love for all things Czech and my love of Amish fiction connected. Currently, my 22-year-old daughter is a missionary in the Czech Republic. The country is mostly atheist now. It’s wonderful that God is using my Amish stories to share His good news in the United States and the Netherlands (through the novels which are translated into Dutch), and that He’s also using Leslie to share the same gospel message in a country where so much of their history was founded. It’s as if God’s connecting the dots in an amazing way!
It’s moments like this when stories like Seeds of Love are able to spread seeds of faith in amazing ways!
Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of two, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. Her latest novella is titled, Seeds of Love. She is a two-time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR.
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