As our bus crossed the invisible line dividing Austria from Slovakia, I had to look quickly to notice the official buildings on both sides of the highway — the only clue that we had left one country and entered another. It also marked the abrupt end of the huge, steel-towered windmills, which stood at attention, in random formation, over much of Austria, but not Slovakia. My eyes swept over the rural landscape ahead and relished the feeling of returning to Grandpa Stefan Divis’ homeland. I gazed out over the rolling hills and farmlands, and waited to see what has become the symbol of Slovakia to me — acres and acres of sunflower heads all tilted at the same angle, in as tight a formation as soldiers, tracking the sun. Steel tower monster windmills as opposed to graceful sunflowers: the first of many contrasts I have encountered in my trips to Slovakia. This is the place I love to come back to! Grandpa, on the other hand, made a very brave decision to leave this land in 1910, never to return. I wonder what he would think of my journey. Continue reading
Twenty years ago, in a far-away land of Slovakia, a group of Americans showed up. It was a rare and not necessarily welcomed sight in what recently was a communist country, let alone in my hometown Martin. I felt some sympathy for these lost souls, because I’d had just returned from their part of the world with a positive experience and a peculiar dream. These tourists actually wanted to hear about it, so I did my best to describe how the abandoned car dealership behind my back would, in a few weeks, become the first Bible school in Slovakia. A man in a Chicago Bulls T-shirt raised a question: “There are no classrooms ready here. So where are you going to put those students?” By pointing out one of the obvious weaknesses of my grand plan, he quickly lost my fragile sympathy, and I just murmured back something about the need of a miracle. His friend noticed my disconcertment and, as a form of apology, he introduced that Bull T-shirt guy as a man of business, who tended to ask logical questions. Only later I’ve learned that this man of business was actually a man of God whom God uses to make miracles happen. That day I also learned and will always treasure his name: Gene Ryan. And I still have and will always treasure that Bulls T-shirt of his. Continue reading
CCE High School student Ján Drahoš has been elected to serve as a vice-president of the National Youth Parliament in Slovakia. Continue reading
Peer ministry Training at CCE was very exciting. It was led by St. Andrew’s youth leader Josh Carlson. At first, no one told us exactly what we were going to do, but the week turned out to be amazing.
We are thrilled about our employees becoming patrons of our school. Here is a testimony of our recess school club teacher Gabriela Dobrovolná: Continue reading
During Holy Week we take the time to reflect upon the suffering passion and victorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. At the CCE, we are blessed with the opportunity to share this good news with our students as we proclaim the resurrection message and the God who conquered death!
We invite you to join us in celebrating our risen Lord!
At the end of every school week the students of the Lutheran Academy not only “thank God it’s Friday,” but also “thank God it’s worship day” as they gather in the hall of the Bible School for chapel. Continue reading
It seems that our school has started a new Advent tradition. In December we learn about people who are persecuted or in jail because they have stood up for human or civil rights. A year ago, in 2015, we wrote letters on behalf of a family who was taken by the Syrian government forces and was never seen again, then for an Uzbek journalist who spent 16 years in prison, and finally a man who spent many years in solitary confinement. We were surprised to hear that many of these people have been released. They were all on the list of Amnesty International and people all around the world wrote for them. That gave us courage to do it again this year and with even more enthusiasm. Continue reading
This interview happened on the day when Lutheran Academy Martin Slovakia high school organized its´ first-ever student blood drive. We talked to the organizer, Tomas Gulan, who serves at CCE as Religion teacher, School band director and Missions coordinator. We asked about today´s event and about CCE´s mission plans for 2017.
Students with their choir teacher and the school´s spiritual singing a christmas carol
On December 8, students in the Lutheran Academy’s Art and Culture class hosted „Create with Heart,“ a gala that benefited the orphanage in the nearby village of Necpaly. Continue reading