The word of God is my guide to life. Faith is my strength. God is my safe haven. His angels are my light.
Vojtěch Matyáš was born on May 21, 1923, in Košice (Slovakia), the youngest of four sons. His family was constantly in a very dire social situation. His mother Rozálie was looking after the household and his father Šebestián worked as a miner. His parents didn’t have the money to grant Matyáš a proper education. Therefore he only went to elementary school. After elementary school, Matyáš did an apprenticeship as a shoe maker. Both of his parents died very early on in his life - his father by the time he was 17 years old and his mother a year later. After their death, Matyáš left Košice and served for two years at a parish office in a little village. In 1943 or 1944, he was drafted to serve in n auxiliary unit of the Hungarian army. The task of his unit was to dig anti-tank trenches in the region of southern Slovakia. He eventually deserted his unit but was caught and landed in a prisoners’ camp. Later, he spent about two months in a concentration camp on Austrian territory. After the end of the war he returned to his native Slovakia and worked as a servant for some well-off farmers. He found himself in a complicated social situation that took a heavy toll on his physical and mental strengths. He was on the verge of collapse and out of despair, he committed a serious crime - he killed a man. At first, it seemed that he would be sentenced to death but eventually, he was sentenced to life imprisonment. He saw a lot of prisons and labor camps, for instance in Ilava, Jihlava, Leopoldov, Vojna or in the Jáchymov uranium mines. He was released from prison on the grounds of the 1966 amnesty. His old-time friend Bláha from Pardubice helped him with the return to normal life. He gave him a place to stay and offered him the background and hospitality of his family. He also found a job for him in a factory. This job allowed Matyáš to live a fairly decent life. Soon, Matyáš became involved in the activities of the local community of Adventists where he found his future wife. After the marriage, they moved to Slovakia to the village of Brestovec. However, they eventually came back to the Czech Republic. They’ve been drawing their strength from faith in God and the Bible until this very day.