Martin | Slovakia | April | 2021
Dear Friends and Partners,
We are back! After another month of our school closed and our staying home, April brought a lot of hope. Slovakia seems to be turning the corner on the Covid virus. The numbers of hospitalized, infected, and deceased continue to decline while figures of those vaccinated are swiftly increasing. The measures now allow for more students to return to school. If all goes well, all the grades will enjoy in-person learning, and we will run our operation its full magnitude soon again. This means that our summer activities (VBS, J-camp, English courses, and other camps) are much closer to reality and we are getting ready for them. Thank God for mission possible again!
Another faithful American congregation that has been partnering with us and supporting our mission is New Heights Church from Vancouver, WA. Here are the words of Mark and Shelly Johnson, who lead Serving Slovakia mission in this congregation: “Since 2007, New Heights has been blessed to have many opportunities to serve in Slovakia – by teaching English, staffing camps, providing workshops at the Lutheran Academy in Martin, and helping with outreach programs in the Roma village. Through it all, we’ve been blessed beyond anything we could have ever asked or imagined. We’re so grateful for the opportunity New Heights has had to partner with the CCE and look forward to many more years to come. By God’s grace and His will, we’re counting the days until we can return again.”
Speaking of faithful partners, our colleague Sisa Schudichová is returning to our staff after her six years of maternity leave. Both her boys (Samuel is 6 and Simon is 3) now attend our kindergarten so Sisa can take responsibility for financial management of CCE and coordinate the communication with our partners.
We are happy to have her back!
We are also thrilled to let you know that the Art and Music Studios that were postponed due to the pandemic are now on their way and we hope to finalize them shortly. Special thanks to all of you who made this dream come true! The Indoor Gym with the budget of $240,500 remains the last challenge to complete the Community Center. We need it very much, especially now when students are returning from spending so much time at home. They need to start moving again, to exercise, and to enjoy sports, experiencing winning, learning to lose, and, above all, building up endurance and self-control. Sports are an excellent way to learn all of this. Please prayerfully consider your contribution to this important facility so our students can cultivate their bodies and minds for God’s glory.
We pray to God that this comeback will be long-lasting so that together with you, our faithful partners, we can do the CCE’s mission in full range again. For as Jesus said: “The harvest is huge, but the workers are few. So ask the Lord of the harvest to send out the workers into his harvest field“ (Luke 10:2).
Yours in His service,
Adrian Kacian, Director of Development Bohdan Hroboň, president of CCE
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