Prayer Requests

I’ve been reading a number of blogs lately, and one of the things I am struck by is the authors’ willingness to be a little vulnerable.  Jon and I want to be always honest with you about our ministry here, and about the way that we see God working here in Slovakia.  Sometimes, that means sharing our joys and victories.  Sometimes it means sharing the parts that don’t feel like victories.

So we must continue to be honest – and vulnerable.  Many of you have kept up with our work here, you have encouraged us in important times.  To encourage really means ‘to put courage into,’ and you’ve done just that for us.  So, today we risk being vulnerable, because we need courage.

We have sad news about the Roma school where we worked last year.  Due to lack of both funding and students (many families have moved to England to look for work), the school had to be closed down for this school year.  We are exploring other places of service, but this has been very difficult for us – to know that many of these students, kids we’ve come to love, will face many changes this school year.

Please pray with us about the following:

  • Pray that the situation would improve over the coming year – particularly that the school would find new financial resources – so that these students can resume study next school year.
  • Pray for the director, Anna Koptova, who faces health difficulties and must have surgery this month.
  • Pray for students and teachers at a similar school in the nearby city of Kezmarok.  They have resumed classes this year in an old building that is badly in need of repairs.
  • Pray that we would have open hearts to new places of service, including – if God desires – serving regularly at this school in Kezmarok.


  • Please also be in prayer for our girls, as they readjust to being back in school.  They are still improving in Slovak day by day, but they remain frustrated that they cannot always understand (and be understood).  Pray specifically for Kaitlyn, who is having an especially difficult time.

In the midst of several disappointments, these two (the Roma school and our girls’ studies) are the most pressing for us.  We are serving in a place that is spiritually “dark,” and we’re aware here – more than anywhere else we’ve lived – that there is an Enemy who will do anything in his power to steal our joy and our purpose here.  We know that we’re in the right place, following God’s call, and that means we will often meet resistance.  So this is why we ask for your prayers – for the courage that you can give us by lifting our family and ministry up to the Father who holds all these things in his hands.

I claim these verses from my Psalm reading this morning, “For you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.”  And a favorite from Hebrews 12:1, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith….”

Thank you for being among our cloud of witnesses!

Tanya and Jon

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  1. So sorry to hear of the disappointment about your school. I can imagine your sadness over that. I also trust that the One who sent you there has the perfect place for you to serve. Remember that every goodbye opens you to new opportunities. I know uncertainty destabilizes! but encourage you to hold fast to the certainty and stability of our Lord. I am praying for your discernment process and for the girls’ adjustment and growing proficiency in the Slovak language.

    Blessings in Christ,



  2. Tanya (and Jon),

    What matters most in this world is obedience to what God wants for us. Most of us fail miserably. You don’t.

    I have seen your work up close, I now know the names of Anna, Kezmarok, and certainly Kaitlyn and Abigail, and so your vulnerability is dear to me so I know what is going on in this new world we have come to love.

    You and Jon remain stalwarts in the carrying out of God’s plan, and I want you to know that you have emboldened me to try to do better. I continue to share your story with others, and I am convinced that there is not a soul on this planet that will not improve themselves by knowing you and what you are doing.

    Bless you in all that you do. All that you ask for in prayer, we will do. Please know that you are making a difference, in more ways than you may know.

    Give the girls a big hug for me. As for Lucky, please just shake his hand for me.

    We love you and are praying!

    Dave Anderson
    Midlothian, VA

  3. Praying for you all! God has led you on this mission and he will not fail you. Love that you can be vulnerable. It is after all what makes us human 🙂

  4. I read about you in CBF guide this week and wanted you let you know I was praying for your work with Roma children, which is a subject dear to my heart. We support 2 Roma children in Moldova through CERI. I have been blessed to go on 9 mission trips to see them and help with children summer camp. Sagging walls, roof and crumbling plaster is how the family we help lives, so I can identify, also the stigma against them! I am so sorry to read your school has had to close! The children are so precious but can unfortunately fall into such harm if they can not get an education to better theirselves and families. That is a goal we have for our sponsered kids! Thank you for following God’s will.

    I was sad to read of your school closing,
    May God give you peace and discernment as you seek what to do now , you will be in my prayers.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, and for your prayers. And especially thank you for your love for the Roma people and for also following God’s call to serve along with them!

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