Earlier in February I had the privilege of going on a tour of Geneva with Tom Bloomer, one of the foundational people of YWAM. On a rainy, chilly Saturday morning we made our way around the city and learned about how the protestant reformation shaped not only Geneva but all of Switzerland. To escape from the misty weather, we spent a little over an hour in the Musée international de la Réforme (International Museum of the Reformation). John Calvin was the major figure of the reformation in Geneva where he emphasized decentralization of government, democracy, and education/reading wanting to safeguard the rights and freedom of ordinary people. One of the main takeaways is that ideas and beliefs have consequences. There is a reason Switzerland today is one of the most democratic countries on earth, it's because of the legacy of people like John Calvin.
Photos courtesy of Melanie at http://www.allonsymacherie.com/