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308 – Nov. 04 – This Day in Baptist History Past


Christ the greatest Treasure of all


1870 – Henry Novotny entered seminary, and in his continuing studies of scripture, he arrived at Baptist convictions. He was immersed on Feb. 12, 1885, by Pastor Charles Ondra in the largest Baptist church in Europe in Lodz, Russian Poland. However, Baptist work in Yugoslavia has never featured much success in the way of numerical growth. At one point the Baptists of that country wanted to print Pilgrim’s Progress but didn’t have the funds when they received a large gift from the First Gypsy Baptist Church in Bulgaria. This church had been founded by Vinko Vacek, a native of Yugoslavia, who had immigrated to Detroit, Mich. to seek employment around the time of World War I. One evening his attention was aroused by the music and message from a street meeting, being conducted, by a Czech Baptist Church. He followed the crowd to the church building, where another service was held, and soon afterwards received Christ as Savior, and became active in that local assembly. After the War an appeal was made for missionaries to go to the Balkans and Vinko responded and was sent toYugoslavia, with his family by the Southern Baptist Convention Missions Agency. Vinko was called home at the age of fifty-eight, but not before he planted the Word in many hearts, including founding First Gypsy Baptist Church of Bulgaria. A Gypsy band broke into a home of a peasant family in Yugoslavia  but ran away when the farmer came back. All they got was a book. They searched in vain for money between the leaves, but found none. They got someone to read it to them, and found Christ instead, Who is the greatest Treasure of all. [Rushbrooke, James H., The Baptist Movement in the Continent of Europe (London: Carey Press, 1923), p. 165. This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. 602-04.]   Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon


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