The Middle East refugee situation has become a global crisis, particularly in Europe. In response to this issue, Lutheran Academy Martin Slovakia (LAMS) decided to make a difference. Over the course of this school year, the students and teachers at LAMS initiated a service project to help refugees.
The kids raised money by selling food, Easter decorations, and participating in school-wide events. Some of the students even auctioned off their talents or participated in a fundraising skit. Families were then asked to donate clothes and other items to be used at refugee camps… which filled 80 boxes!
The teachers auctioned off their own talents and helped in coordinating the events. Two of our teachers, Eva Janatova and Ludka Sartorisova, gave up their Spring Break and Easter Break to serve at a refugee camp in Serbia. They were able to work with refugees on a personal level, teach English, and share the Gospel. They brought back their stories with them and encouraged our students to learn more about the crisis and pray for those whose lives are being destroyed by ISIS.
Lubos Frolo, a teacher at LAMS, was one of the main organizers of the social project. He explained, “I saw a few photos of executed people, including children from Iraq and Syria. Only a few, I could not look at any more of them and I still have those images on my mind. I knew in that part of the world there were lots of Christians living from apostolic times. They do not live there any more. There are millions of refugees suffering in the countries around Syria…. What we did at our school was our little contribution to help the people in need as much as we could.”
A unique aspect of this project is that it did not just benefit the refugees, but also is changing our own culture in Slovakia. Unfortunately, Communism created an apathetic attitude towards volunteering and donating, which still exists in Slovakia today. However, through our frequent social projects we are not only changing the lives of those we help, but the attitude of our community.
One local woman heard about our school project and commented, “I have lived in Slovakia for 40 years and I have never heard of anything like the service projects that happen at the Lutheran school… what a miracle!”
Our school aspires to be the light of Christ in our own community and to those around the world who need to experience God’s love and grace. We continue to pray for those impacted by the brutalities of ISIS, as we strive to instill hearts of Christian-service into our students.
To be a part of the difference our school is making, visit WAYS TO GIVE.
CCE’s director of development