Making Changes

Greetings from Slovakia! Some of you have written to ask - how are we doing? As well as we could hope, given the situation with the Coronavirus in Europe. Many of you in the U.S. are already starting to experience the reality we've been living with for more than a week now - schools are... Continue Reading →

Borrowing Faith

In 2020 the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (our sponsoring organization) is entering a season of discovery and discernment called Toward Bold Faithfulness.  We wrote the following devotional for the CBF Blog - look at the end of the article for prayer requests and for more information about this initiative. A tired teacher finishes her breakfast and looks out the window at another cold... Continue Reading →

A Musical Christmas Card

We know it's a busy time of year, so we only want to take a moment of your time.  This brief update comes with our THANKS and a couple of GIFTS. First the GIFTS... we have two songs to share with you.  One is a song Jon wrote, and the other is Christmas song that's... Continue Reading →

Ways to Connect

Last week we shared a story, but this week we want to also share some specific needs we have, and offer you different ways to connect with what God is doing here in Slovakia. If you're interested in any of these, please respond to this email or contact us through Facebook. Sewing Puppet Costumes We've... Continue Reading →

Being Present and Being Presence

If you’ve read our newsletters, you probably know how much we enjoy hosting mission teams. We love introducing volunteers to our friends and coworkers here. We put our teams to work, and they accomplish a lot! But we intentionally plan work for them that’s relational – they work alongside local believers, they sit and interact... Continue Reading →

Beloved Community

It was a beautiful day on the lake.  Since it was the middle of the week, there were very few others out.  The children tubed off the back of the jet ski, while the adults bobbed in the water and watched.  We talked of purpose and ministry, retirement and new grandbabies, losses and joys, new... Continue Reading →

New Perspectives

Have you ever noticed something unexpected and new in the midst of familiar surroundings? A few days ago I was walking in an area of town I usually only drive through. The walk gave me a chance to notice some things I hadn’t seen before – a coffee shop, a repaved road, a little statue... Continue Reading →

Changing Plans

Note:  This post - with different pictures - was just sent out as a newsletter along with prayer requests.  Don't get our newsletter?  You can sign up on the menu bar of our website - parks-in-slovakia.com. In life, things rarely go exactly as we plan them… and we’ve found that to be especially true with... Continue Reading →

Barrier or Bridge?

“Language barrier” is a common phrase in English… have you ever been in a situation when language was a barrier? We’ve certainly known that feeling. After nearly seven years here in Slovakia, we’ve felt it often, and we still have situations when we feel hindered by the fact that Slovak is not our native language.... Continue Reading →

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