The month of August is the peak of the so-called dog days of summer. Our schools are not in session and our teachers are enjoying their holiday. However, even in this slow season, we have been busy with successful projects.
The first one was the Robotics Training Center. Its story illustrates the vibe and spirit of our school. By January 2020, the proposal was ready and by February we had registered several pledges for its financing. Then COVID-19 broke out and the promised sources of finance dried up. However, our teachers did not give up. They made some adjustments and even with a very limited budget ($8,000) they completed the first phase. Now two labs plus one office are ready! Starting this September, our students will have a space where they can enjoy robotics and computer science classes. Of course, there is a lot of work ahead, equip these premises with all the necessary robotic units, accessories, plotters, etc., but the seed has been planted and is ready to grow. Our plan is to develop this space into a regional center for innovation in computer science and robotics.
God is good! Here in CCE it was confirmed again this summer. Despite of the COVID-19 threat, we were able to have a weeklong VBS. The theme of the week reflected our reality: our life may be a rocky railway, but Jesus’ power pulls us through. Keeping a few restrictive measures, we were learning, singing, dancing, playing and having fun. In addition to the standard VBS activities like class, sports, and crafts, our teachers added an escape room robotics, fun physics, a drama studio, and creative photography workshop. The team of 12 leaders and over 20 teenage helpers from our school brought the gospel to over 80 children. It was wonderful although we all lacked the unique contribution of you, our American partners this year. Let us hope that our next VBS and all the summer activities in 2021 will be enjoyed together again.
We hope this update finds you well, lifts up your spirit and brings you joy during these challenging time. This Pentecost season reminds us that as Christians we live and move by the Spirit and nothing can take that joy away from us.
First of all, after more than two months of home quarantine students are back in our school. It is on voluntary basis and restricted to the kindergarten and elementary school children (age 3-10), but we are grateful to have them back. The older students continue online education from home. It is a challenge to follow all the requirements, but children are happy to be with their friends and teachers again and we continue our mission.
Wishing you Easter Blessings
Center for Christian Education Team
Secondary school students from Slovakia and Hungary sought solutions to the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, and the protection of seas and oceans. They dealt with these matters at a model United Nations conference during the last weekend of January, organised by students of the Lutheran Academy in Martin.
Just before the Christmas school holidays, when people were busy with preparing gifts for their loved ones, we organized an event for people who are afraid about what the future might bring to them. These people are facing threats because of injustices being done to them. With Amnesty International, we joined in the effort of writing formal letters and appealing to authorities. In the past, many cases have been solved and those who were persecuted have found help and justice through this effort.
Hail the Light,
which enlightens everyone!
The Light shines in the darkness
and the darkness did not overcome it.
John 1, 5 and 9 (par.)