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