Thursday Snapshot – Oct. 15

Yesterday (Wednesday) we had our first sessions of the year with the kids at the Galakticka Roma school in Kosice.  We'll be able to expand our work there this year, doing after-school English clubs with preschoolers through 4th-graders, and maybe some work in music. Plus we were delighted to hear that the school has begun... Continue Reading →

Thursday Snapshot – Farewell Cards

This morning we had a sweet farewell with the kids from the Roma school in Kosice, where we've gone each week to teach English with kindergartners and first graders. We gave them diplomas and congratulated them on a great year of learning.  They surprised us with a pile of sweet thank you cards - they're... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Article: When ‘special’ means segregation

This editorial recently appeared in the Slovak Spectator, Slovakia's English-language newspaper.  Written by staff writer Beata Balogová, it addresses one way that some countries' school systems intentionally segregate the Roma... with results that can have a generational impact. 26 Aug 2013 | Beata Balogová | Opinion Photo by Sandy Carter, (c) 2013 Sandy Carter Photography.... Continue Reading →

Article: A Unique School

A few weeks ago our friend Pavol Ičo, the English teacher at the school, had this article published in the Slovak National Newspaper, the oldest newspaper in the country (their website is here).  He writes about the importance of the work they are doing there, and why education among the Roma here in Slovakia is such... Continue Reading →

Cross-Post – Hurry Up and Sing!

Just posted this on our Roma-Gypsy Team's blog, and thought I would share here, too: Yesterday we spent our last day of the school year at the Roma gymnasium on Galakticka street in Kosice. The school faces an uncertain future - it has recently been defunded by the Slovak government, and is in danger of... Continue Reading →

Article: Galactic Prospects

Our friend and colleague Pavol at the Roma school here in Kosice, alerted us (via facebook) to this recent article.  It was written by Slovak writer Kristina Forbat and posted on her blog, the Kosice City Chronicler.  The article itself is in Slovak - if you'd like to get the concept, try letting Google translate... Continue Reading →

Great Day at Roma School!

Thank you so much for your prayers!  We had a great time at the Roma School on Thursday, and spent some very good time with the kids.  It was good to be back! Sadly, due to sickness, we were unable to start our club this week.  While we were disappointed about this, we also enjoyed... Continue Reading →

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