CCE NEWS – 2024 – MAY

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Progress Report – 2024 – May

Martin | Slovakia | May | 2024

PROGRESS REPORT

Dear Friends and Partners,

“Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things.”

This first verse from Psalm 89 was the motto of the national competition in singing Christian songs that took place in May here in the CCE . Children from all over Slovakia presented their talents and skills, singing contemporary Christian songs and traditional Lutheran hymns. Listening to these children and witnessing their faith in Christ, you would stop worrying about the future of the church.

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CCE NEWS – 2024 – APRIL

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Progress Report – 2024 – April

Martin | Slovakia | April | 2024

PROGRESS REPORT

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The school environment is often stressful – for teachers and students alike. However, had you visited our school on April 17 and 18, the chances of improving your mental health would have been really high. Our school psychologists prepared various activities, workshops, and lectures for students to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and how to keep it in a good shape. We know that ultimately it is God who, by his mercy, gives our souls an ultimate rest. But he also gave us modern psychology with various time-proven practices and methods that can improve our mental well-being in our everyday lives. Thanks be to God! Continue reading

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CCE NEWS – 2024 – MARCH

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Progress Report – 2024 – March

Martin | Slovakia | March | 2024

PROGRESS REPORT

Dear Friends and Partners,

The Lord is risen, He is risen indeed!

The very end of March was filled with this exclamation when we as Christians celebrated Jesus’ resurrection. In this decisive moment in history, God defeated death raising Jesus as the first fruit of those who have died. Therefore, we have hope that nothing, not even our own death, can separate us from the love of God we have in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Our students and teachers underscored this Easter hope by organizing and collecting used clothes and second-hand books along with the Auction of Servants. In this popular activity our students offered their services (e.g., baking a cake, washing a car, giving a piano lesson, etc.) that could be bid on in an open auction by teachers and other students as well. All proceeds of $855 went toward a non-profit organization that provides care for children with terminal diseases, “Plamienok” (Beacon).

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CCE NEWS – 2024 – FEBRUARY

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Progress Report – 2024 – February

Martin | Slovakia | February | 2024

PROGRESS REPORT

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February will always be remembered as a month when the 21st century peace ended in Europe. Two years ago, on February 24, 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine in order to depose democratic Ukrainian government and block Ukrainians from joining the Europe Union and NATO. Putin’s evil wish for an uncomplicated blitzkrieg turned out to be an exhausting war with massive casualties, millions of refugees, and countless tragedies. It nmasked the Russian government s evil and displayed enormous courage of Ukrainians in defending their freedom. At the beginning the support for Ukrainians has been spontaneous, and great but slowly it has diminished. Now after two years, we, the western supporters of Ukraine, feel tired and exhausted. Where should we turn to find courage and energy to continue this crucial fight against evil? Continue reading

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CCE NEWS – 2024 – JANUARY

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Progress Report – 2024 – January

Martin | Slovakia | January | 2024

PROGRESS REPORT

Dear Friends and Partners,

In Slovak schools, January is the final month of the first semester. Before half-term grades are in, the pressure is on, because students and teachers are exposed to extra tests and presentations. When all of this work is over, our school gathers in the church for worship thanking God for His provision and care. Natalia and Jana, our school pastors, reminded students that good grades are important and reflect a diligent and systematic study. Even more important than grades is the knowledge and the wisdom they acquired. Above all, they emphasized that to know God and trust Him as the ultimate source of wisdom and love is the most important goal of our lives. Paraphrasing Jesus’ words in Lk 11:42, the students should not neglect their grades, but primarily they ought to seek God’s wisdom and love. Continue reading

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