In the first months of the year a geo-thermal pump was installed. Four ninety-metre-deep holes were drilled in December 2004 and the rest of the equipment was installed and tested by March 2005. Some work inside the building, such as tiling the bathrooms and utility rooms, was completed in Spring 2005.
In the following months there was a lull in the building activities due to lack of money. The situation changed in July when we received gifts of money from Germany - namely from Baden and GAW (?), and the promise of a further donation from Bavaria. Preparations for the resumption of work took place immediately with the aim of completing the roofing of the foyer on the first floor, installing solar energy panels and finishing the walls and the roof of the spire.
We have been trying to secure financial support from public funds from the very moment that construction began on the Milic of Kromeriz Church Centre. Our efforts were greatly supported by a member of the Synodal Council, Pavel Prosek, and in early December the (Czech?) Parliament agreed to make a grant of CZK 4 mil. from their budget for 2006. Moreover, we were also awarded CZK 941,000 by the Ministry of the Environment to meet 90% of the cost of the geo-thermal pump. These two events marked a turning point and our plan to complete the church by October 2006 now seems quite realistic.
Unfortunately and very sadly, the health of our architect, Jiri Vesely, rapidly deteriorated in the autumn of 2005 and the two operations which he had to undergo brought no relief. Jiri died on 9 January 2006 and so was called from us and from his unfinished work.
Consequently, our task has been to find an architect who would be able to continue with Jiri's project and to complete it. Petr Keil, an architect who knew Jiri and had been friends with him since their student days, has agreed to accept the challenge. The key task now is to complete the plans for the sanctuary, which require some more time. In the meantime it is possible for work to continue on the flooring of all the other rooms, finishing the outer walls and landscaping the grounds around the building.