Spice of Life

15 July 2013

Here’s a fun little fact: I found out that my first name sounds an awful lot like “bathtub” in Slovak. Well, that’s embarrassing! 😛 Good thing it’s not on my nametag…

We bid a fond farewell to President and Sister Irwin at the end of June; some members of our Branch made them a fabulous cake and gave them a nice send-off. President Irwin also actually rang us before they left, to say a personal goodbye, and give some words of loving encouragement. I’ll miss them both so much!

A cake fit for a king! Some of our very talented Branch members made this for President and Sister Irwin, as we bid them farewell and Godspeed. It tasted gorgeous, too!

A cake fit for a king! Some of our very talented Branch members made this for President and Sister Irwin, as we bid them farewell and Godspeed. It tasted gorgeous, too!

God be with you til we meet again... Sestra Jones with President and Sister Irwin

God be with you ’til we meet again…
Sestra Jones with President and Sister Irwin

This week wasn’t nearly as successful as last week, but I honestly think my energy and efforts flagged a bit after our exertions last week. We only got two phone numbers all week – one of whom was a grandma who afterwards explained she had only stood and listened because she was bored while waiting for her bus. The other was a professional model on his way to Paris for Fashion Week. He’s then spending the rest of the summer abroad before returning for his studies – but not to Z, to Ostrava (in the Czech Republic). So close! 🙂
We need to pick ourselves back up and keep moving; Transfers is coming up again in a fortnight (can you believe it?! That was quick…), and we want to make sure that if there are new sisters coming in next month, they will have a good pool of investigators to work with.

Some of it did feel like it was outside of our control, though: the bottom seemed to fall out of our teaching pool when Ma’k said his parents have forbidden him to keep meeting with us (we’re hoping we can come to a better understanding with them – he says he knows we’re all right, but his parents don’t yet see it that way).  A couple of our other beloved investigators have decided that while they have really enjoyed the spiritual discussions we’ve shared up to this point, they don’t feel the desire or need to learn more. It’s not easy being dropped face to face; usually when investigators start rejecting our phone calls we just kind of get the message, but I’ve never before had them straight out tell me „thanks but I’ve had enough“.

While the choices of our investigators are not under our control, still they are always within our influence: from that standpoint, I wish I could have taught these wonderful people better – the gospel has so much potential to bless their lives, and to allow them so much influence for good on others around them, especially their loved ones. But it’s not easy to show people who are already satisfied with life how only the gospel will meet all their needs fully and eternally. And sometimes those who are dissatisfied with life find it difficult to envision, too – they’re often too stressed and distracted to try something new! But as an authorised servant of Jesus Christ, we sometimes have to be bold and trust the Spirit to open people’s hearts and eyes. We never give up on anyone. The Lord can soften hearts, and some people just need time.

Our week has had its highlights: we taught M (he’s into Buddhism) the Plan of Salvation, and his comment was, “Yeah, I like it! I guess the next step would be for me to attend your worship service. May I?” Oh, I guess so, M… yes, of course!! 🙂 That sure brightened our day.

Wednesday was AMAZING!  Sestra Py and her 2 companions stayed the night with us on Tuesday for our Specialised Training with the McConkies.  President McConkie is our new Mission President, and has been at the helm of the Czech/Slovak Mission from the beginning of this month. President served a mission in the old Prague Czech Mission in the early 1990s, and speaks fluent Czech. We met him, and his wife and family of 4 children (from teens down to primary school age). They are wonderful! They have given up so much to move an entire family across an ocean, to support the work of God’s kingdom here.

Our training was about being the Lord’s builders: the Czech/Slovak Mission may just have the foundations laid so far, so as we build, we must look to the plans of the Lord, who is our Architect. We have the reassurance of knowing that we are not left alone to figure everything out ourselves, but nor should we be too hasty to impose our own, limited vision of what our area can or should be.

As an illustration of this point, we were told of a recent experience of the Elders in Nitra:  Nitra is an area that was just opened for work last transfer. Last week the Elders there were told that there was someone who might be interested in hearing their message. It seemed like a longshot, and they had to travel 2 hours to find the gentleman in question. But travel they did, and discovered that not only was this gentleman interested in hearing their message, but that he had already read all the standard works, and several other publications of the Church (even lesson manuals) and can’t wait to be baptised! He just happens to be a minister of a church in another faith, and has been sharing what he is learning with members of his congregation… Wow!

Our Saturday felt like an unintentional field trip to Babylon: we went to visit a member of the Branch in a neighbouring town (this sister is my hero! She has faced the challenges of divorce and unemployment, but is still 100% active in the Church. She is so dedicated and faithful…). We had an appointment to teach one of our investigators in that town afterwards, but he called and cancelled at the last minute, so we had an hour to kill before our next train home. The city was deserted, I mean really deserted – I started hallucinating, and thought I saw tumbleweed blowing across our path 😉 – so contacting was out. We decided to have lunch, and found a nice restaurant with reasonable prices and gorgeous spinach risotto. The only issue was the music they had playing in the background, which was definitely not on the mission approved list. Upon our return to Z, we were fired up to do some proper finding on the main Namestie when to our surprise the big screen that usually plays advertisements lights up with Shrek 4 in Slovak! Sooooo tempting to fall under the spell of animated ogres and talking donkey side-kicks, and so very distracting. We retreated to our fallback position at a smaller namestie for a second try, but what did we find going on there, but a jazz concert in full swing! Ah well, that’s the summer holidays for you.

Luckily the day was topped off with a lesson and a fantastic YSA FHE at the Wr’s! (*Ok, “YSA FHE”: a whole lot of letters that just stand for a crackin’ good time! Good friends, clean fun, and usually some great food in the mix, too).  We taught Rin, a young man we met last month. He is so much fun! He loves Yu-Gi-Oh, World of Warcraft, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings; and he carries a Gameboy with him everywhere. When we met him in the street and asked if he believes in God he said „Of course, but I believe in the Viking gods. My friends and I are going to honour them with a huge party on Friday night – it’s going to be massive!“ Since then he’s started praying to Heavenly Father (at least in our lessons – daily prayer is his challenge this week), and he’s super friendly, and gets along with the YSA so well (*YSA = Young Single Adults = unmarried members of the Church aged 18-30. They get together often for sports, merriment, learning, service, and just to share the joy of being young and full of life!) . He joined us for FHE and seemed to really enjoy it. (*Again with the Church acronyms! FHE = Family Home Evening. A fun, informal evening meeting. Think family members or groups of friends gathering to play and study the gospel together).

Have a happy summer, everyone! You’re all in my thoughts and prayers as always.
S laskou,
Sestra Jones

Aim High

8 July 2013

What a week we’ve had! Sestra B and I determined at Weekly Planning that we would exercise our faith, and aim to teach 21 lessons this week. That’s more than double what we usually manage, but we took the goal seriously and amazing things happened: we were blessed to teach a total of 16 lessons, and would have hit 21 had other lessons not fallen through. It’s opened my eyes to what the Lord can help us accomplish when we set our sights high and expect to bring about miracles.

friendship

Friendship and faith in Slovakia
“Discovering who we really are is part of this great adventure called life.  My dear young friends…You are something divine—more beautiful and glorious than you can possibly imagine. This knowledge changes everything. It changes your present. It can change your future. And it can change the world.”
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Three of our investigators are working toward baptism, one of whom actually dropped us last transfer, but then called us up and asked if we could meet again. The members of the Church have been fantastic! All but 3 of the lessons we taught were accompanied by a member of the Branch. They put their shoulders to the wheel right alongside us, truly befriending and reaching out to those we teach – especially at the YSA Family Home Evening (* that’s “Missionary Speak” meaning a fun, informal, weekly gathering for single men and women of the Church, aged 18 – 30. It’s where spirituality meets hilarity, usually with some tasty refreshments mixed in). It’s such a blessing to have Elder and Sister Wr here to host events like that.

J actually came to Church, and although on the other side of the country, Ra is still reading the Book of Mormon and progressing beautifully. One young man that we hope to teach (he’s an animator, and South Park fan) keeps popping up everywhere, and described with satisfaction his friends’ delight that he had procured an actual copy of the Book of Mormon – in Slovak, no less! We feel exhausted, but so very blessed!

Our hard work this week, and the stacks of back-to-back lessons have put my emotions a bit on edge, and revealed some shortcomings that I need to work on. Thank goodness this is the Lord’s work, not mine, and that the Atonement is there for all of us. I know that when we exercise faith and seek to do the Lord’s will out of love for Him and our brothers and sisters, miracles are accomplished, hearts are softened, and we find true joy.

Now Sestra B and I are off to do our shopping (I think I’ll buy a banana/chocolate ice cream cone on our way to Tesco ;)), then scrub our apartment til it’s fresh and clean. Then we’re running over to a Branch member’s house with the Elders to drop off a birthday card and cookies, before dashing to teach 2 lessons about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon, with just enough time to maybe write another letter before hopping into bed. Whew! We’re busy, but it feels good. 🙂

S laskou,
Sestra Jones

P.S. The Elders here, Starší U and Starší Cal, have also been having great success! They’re teaching an investigator named K – she’s on fire and already calls herself a Mormon! She’s beautiful, and such a strength to the Branch.

Sunshine in My Soul

1 July 2013

Ahojte!

It’s a beautiful, sunny day here in Z!

Hanging baskets of flowers and colourful flags lend a festive air

Hanging baskets of flowers and colourful flags lend a festive air

Sunny town square; open-air dining on the namiestie

Sunny town square;
open-air dining on the namestie

I had a fun experience on Sunday: the Church members who usually translate for the English-speaking members of our congregation were absent, so I translated Sunday School for President Wr.  I was surprisingly comfortable (except when a visitor started speaking Czech – then I was so lost!), and Sestra S (who, together with another sister here in Z, was responsible for translating  Kniha Mormonova) complimented me on a job very well done. Yay! My companion, Sestra B, does a beautiful job playing the hymns for our Church services each Sunday, so it was nice for me to be able to contribute something, too.

It’s been a good week: full of the usual ups and downs, but the humbling moments help us appreciate our victories when they finally come, and we’ve been very blessed. Z is a beautiful little city with about 20 active (and very dedicated) Church members. We’re blessed to be teaching some wonderful people with exemplary faith, and have high hopes for each of them.

One humbling experience was teaching J, a lovely Catholic man, about living prophets. J is reading the Book of Mormon (on and off) and enjoys discussing our beliefs, but has yet to come to Church and we were unsure how to help him progress. We decided to demonstrate the principles of living prophets and apostles by viewing a General Conference talk together: Elder Callister’s powerful address about the Book of Mormon. Surely that would help him see why the Restoration is so important to us, we thought. But to our surprise, he just said “Thanks, that was interesting” and brushed it off, saying as before that authority is unimportant when it comes to baptism. I guess we thought he’d just magically agree with us. That is, after all, what happens when people feel the Spirit testifying of truth, but looking back we hadn’t clearly taught any doctrine of which the Spirit could bear witness. We’ve determined to teach more from the scriptures and be grounded in the doctrine as we strive to meet people’s interests and needs.

castle on the hill

Castle walls rise above the treetops;
Lietava castle/Lietavský hrad

A victory this week was our Branch activity at Lietava castle on Saturday morning. We had two investigators there: M’o (friends with a member in Trenčín and one of our many miracles this transfer) and Ma’k. They seemed to enjoy themselves immensely. The weather was gorgeous, and the members of the Branch were fantastic. They lugged heavy gear up the hill on their own backs, prepared delicious food, bore testimony of their conversions in a friendly, conversational manner, and generally made sure everyone felt included, well-fed, and at home.

As we sat on that sunny hilltop, surrounded by trees and people and woodsmoke, an investigator asked me a question that surprised me. Ma’k is a young man, an atheist. As we were conversing, the topic of reincarnation arose, and to illustrate my viewpoint, I shared Alma 34:32-34:

“32 For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.
33 And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed.”

Thoughtful, Ma’k asked: “What is repentance?” Jan, a member of the Church visiting from another unit, chipped in, and I concurred: “It means becoming a little more like God every day: just and good and kind.”

Then Ma’k’s question: “Is that what you want? To be like God?” I’m still struck with wonder as I ponder the reply. “Yes; that is everything I want.” And it is. It’s what motivates my actions every day: that one overarching, all-encompassing desire to become what God intends me to be. Then I turned the question to him: “Don’t you?” Realisation lit his eyes for a wondrous moment, “Yes, I suppose I do.”

Blue skies and scriptures

Blue skies and scriptures
Sestra Jones

Then he was called to the fire for a turn roasting sausages, and the spell was broken. I pray that Ma’k will remember what he felt in that moment, and that he’ll recognise the Spirit more and more as we teach him the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Because whether or not he realises it now, only Christ can help him realise that sacred ambition – to be as He is.

I love feeling that I’ve been an answer to someone’s prayer – an instrument in heavenly Father’s hands . I know that our prayers are answered. I know this is the Lord’s church restored to the earth, that the Book of Mormon is true, and that the Saviour’s arms of mercy are extended to each of us. What a privilege and responsibility to bear His holy name!

Lots of love,
Sestra Jones

“Oh, there’s sunshine, blessed sunshine
When the peaceful happy moments roll.
When Jesus shows his smiling face,
There is sunshine in the soul.”
by Eliza E. Hewitt, Hymns 227

Everyday Miracles

24 June 2013

I’ve spent some time today responding individually to letters received, so I’m short on time again, but I want to share the miracles we’ve had this week (there were quite a few!).

We’d been teaching a young woman named Ra, but lost touch with her for weeks. We met by chance in town last Saturday, and we sat down to teach her. She’s been reading in the Book of Mormon, and enjoys talking with us. She had a hard experience in her family as a child, and as a consequence lost some of her faith in God, but she is one of the loveliest people I’ve met. We set up an appointment with her, and arranged to have a member of the Branch accompany us when we teach her.

Then this week (which is the last week she is in town before she goes back home to Eastern Slovakia for the summer), we were surprised to cross paths and share a message with her TWICE more! Yesterday, she finally came to church (we’ve been inviting her for so long!), and the members of the Branch were golden with her and she said before she left “I understand now why your faith is so important to you sisters.”

3 different homelands, 3 lovely women, 1 special friendship Sestra Jones, Ra, and Sestra B

3 different homelands, 3 lovely women, 1 special friendship
Sestra Jones, Ra, and Sestra B

She has declined our invitations to be baptised, but it felt like a miracle that we were in just the right place at the right time to be Heavenly Father’s hands in reaching out to Ra.

On Saturday we were having our first YSA FHE at Elder and Sister Wr’s place. *YSA is short for Young Single Adults, but could just as well stand for You’re So Awesome! The Church hosts a programme of events for single men and women of the Church aged 18-30. It’s so much fun! FHE is short for Feeling Happiness Excessively… just kidding, it stands for Family Home Evening, one night of each week that Church members reserve for spending time together as a family. For those who are single or living alone, it’s fun to get together as a “family” of friends!.

We’d tried to invite investigators, but had no one to take with us. We were walking there and praying we would meet someone to come with us… amazingly, we did! He’s a friend of a member of the Church in Trenčín, and he had a wonderful time.

Then Friday night, a family we’ve been trying to meet with met us in town and invited us round for a garden goulash party – and a former investigator has started coming to French class and loves it.

I know that when we have the faith to ask for and then expect miracles, the Lord will bring them to pass for the blessing of His children. These are everyday miracles that nearly go unnoticed, but somehow end up changing the courses of lives.

This week I bore testimony of our eternal family to a lady who said, “That’s sweet, but it can’t be true.” I felt the Spirit overwhelm me with peace and love and gratitude; no matter what others say, the truth of it witnesses to my heart, and I am sure that we have long and lovely eternity to look forward to together.

The Lord’s work is hastening! I love you all so much, and I will try to write more next week (and every week!). I can never tell you enough of the beautiful experiences we have each day!

S laskou,
Sestra Jones

Way to Bee

Bee graphics kindly provided by Helena Normark at  http://www.graphicgarden.com/  *Hon har ju svenskt clipart också, t ex Lucia!

17 June 2013

A fun thing happened this week: we had a bee swarm right outside our balcony during Weekly Planning on Saturday morning! A few got in before we could rush to close the windows; they made quite a racket. Cool!

I can hardly believe that this Saturday will mark 5 months since I left home – where has the time gone?!? I’m going to roll up my sleeves and make every day here count! Especially since this week we’re no longer new missionaries! That means that instead of an extra hour of study in the mornings, we get right to work an hour earlier each day.  Doing my best to be excited about that! 😉

Happy (belated) Father’s Day to you, Dad, to my grandfathers, and all you other patriarchal type figures in the family! I love you all lots and am thankful for the many sacrifices you’ve made, and for the lessons you’ve taught me thus far.

As always, thanks everyone, for the news and encouragement you send. It’s nice to have to have a few pages of uplifting material to print out and take with me when we have a long journey to make. We have Zone Conference in Brno tomorrow morning, so most of our P Day will be spent travelling by train to Bratislava, where we’ll stay the night with the Sisters there. I know just how to while away the hours! Great timing with the long missives and exciting stories. 😀 This conference will probably be our last time seeing President and Sister Irwin, as they’re heading back to England at the beginning of July.

I’ve realised when reviewing and assessing our goals and achievements this past week, that it is easy but deadly to get too caught up in numbers as the measurement of success or failure as a missionary. There’s a person – a precious child of God – behind every lesson taught, or invitation extended. Reaching out to love and help others is the only true measure of success out here. I’m trying to develop more charity for the people I serve, and I pray that I’ll be able to truly desire the best for them, and give all of my time and energy to helping them come to know their Saviour.

My younger sister has asked for my advice about using a gap year wisely… the best advice I can give is that it should definitely be between you and the Lord. Search your heart, and ponder your future to gain a vision of the possibilities ahead,  then pray to know how the Lord would have you spend your time. Back when I was in your shoes, I had some questions about my future and my talents, so I prayed and made a few requests. Voila: He answered them all (some in surprising detail)!

The only other general advice I can offer is to share my experience: I regret not spending more time improving my health, and wasting time indoors on Facebook, or watching TV. I regret not practicing piano (I’m no help to the branch here in the music department, because I’m useless at playing hymns). I wish I’d studied the scriptures more…I wish I’d made more of an effort to share the gospel with my friends.

Nevertheless, some great things that I’m really glad I prioritised were my Church callings, attending Institute (*Institute of Religion is a course of scripture study for young adults), working over the summer (always pay your tithing, and save as much as you can!), and especially taking the time to play and read stories with my little sisters.

Make it yours, and make it amazing: let your gap year take you places! 😀

I love you all so much, and pray for you every day. Miss you too, but time’s flying by fast enough! We’ll see each other again before we know it.

S laskou,

your Sestra Jones

Splendid Slovakia

The flag of the Slovak Republic; High Tatras mountain range in northern Slovakia; images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The flag of the Slovak Republic; High Tatras mountain range in northern Slovakia (images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Natural Splendour

bus to Brno 1

Lush, green countryside.
photo by Sestra Jones

From cool woodland of shimmering birch, to snowy mountain peaks, to fertile fields and bubbling brooks, Slovakia is a small land graced with great beauty and unspoiled natural splendour. The majestic Danube River, whose power and beauty are characterised in the famous waltz by Strauss, flows through Bratislava, the capital city of the Slovak Republic. The rich variety of terrain ranges from the southern plains, to the craggy summits and lush valleys of the Tatras mountains in the north, to the curious and uncanny depths of Slovakia’s ice caves, which maintain freezing temperatures even in the height of summer. In all seasons, and in all regions of this blessed land, nature provides a feast for the senses.

Centre Stage

Located in the very heart of Europe, and sharing borders with five neighbouring countries, there is little from the playbill of European history in which Slovakia has not played a role, or seen acted out upon the boards of its stage. From the dawn of human civilization, the abundance of the land has given a home to the many people who have sought refuge here. The ancient inhabitants left their relics carved from mammoth bone, and the prosperous Lusatians their storage pits of grain, while the remnants of mighty hill forts at Bratislava and Havránok bear testament to a season of Celtic habitation.

map courtesy of  https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/maps/maptemplate_lo.html

Germanic tribes, outposts of the Roman Empire, and even the marauding Huns all called Slovakia home, each one taking their turn in the spotlight. But from the 5th century on, it was the Slavic tribes who dominated the stage; and it is primarily their descendants who carry forward the colourful and vibrant story of  Slovakia into this modern day.

Lietava Castle/Lietavský hrad

Lietava Castle/Lietavský hrad
photo by Sestra Jones

A Polished Shaft

 “…in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;” Isaiah 49:2

One of the most striking aspects of the history of the Slovak Republic, is the impression that this goodly land seems to have been largely overlooked throughout the past few hundred years, at times appearing to almost vanish in the shadow of powerful neighbours. Even from medieval times, as part of the Great Moravian Empire, and then the Kingdom of Hungary, the unique voice of Slovakia was blended with others, as but one of a greater chorus. In the politically tumultuous years of the 19th and 20th centuries, the feelings of national identity and yearning for greater expression resulted in many struggles and attempts at brokering an independent Slovak state. As the Austro-Hungarian Empire fell apart, Czechoslovakia emerged as a sovereign democratic state, but later came under the influence of the communist Soviet Union in 1948. Nearly 45 years later, after the waning of communist rule in eastern Europe, the Slovak Republic was officially formed as an independent state in January of 1993.

charming cobbled squares; Marianske namestie

charming cobbled squares; Marianske namestie
photo by Sestra Jones

Now just 20 years on, Slovakia has come into its own as one of the most stable and prosperous countries in the region. It is a member of both NATO and the European Union, and maintains close and peaceful ties with neighbouring lands, most notably the Czech Republic.  To those becoming newly acquainted with its tree-lined streets,  lovely countryside, bustling urban and cultural centres, and charming and well-ordered town squares, Slovakia seems now like a sparkling gem that was hidden in plain sight, or even a polished shaft hidden in a quiver.

Church Membership in Slovakia

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English: Cyril and Methodius depicted on a Russian icon from 18./19. century
Slovenčina: Cyril a Metod zobrazení na ruskej ikone z 18./19. storočia
This image is in the public domain because its copyright has expired.

 Christianity has featured quite significantly in Slovakia’s past, with the arrival in 862 of the Byzantine missionaries Cyril and Methodius having a powerful influence both spiritually and culturally.

Currently, the predominant religion by far is Roman Catholicism, with 62% of participants in the 2011 census identifying themselves as such, and 1/3 of those reporting that they attend church regularly. While in neighbouring Czech Republic, nearly 80% of the population polled in their 2011 census reported themselves either “undeclared” or “non-religious”, by contrast, only 24% of the population of the Slovak Republic identified themselves as “undeclared” or “non-religious”.  It is remarkable that although the Communist governments of the late 1940s – late 1980s actively discouraged or denounced Christianity, the Slovak people have largely maintained their belief in God.

The Slovak Republic was dedicated for the preaching of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ on May 12, 2006 in Trenčín, by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf. Speaking of the great faith of the Slovak people, he has said, “(The Slovak people are) a believing people. They are close to nature. They are people who know the struggle for freedom. They relate to the gospel message of freedom, faith, unity and family.” (As reported in Church News, September 9, 2006).

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was granted official government recognition just 5 months later, on October 18th, 2006 after an astonishingly successful petition of the Slovak people, in which 20,000 signatures of support were gathered in less than a week. The Book of Mormon, or Kniha Mormonova,  was published in the Slovak language early in 2013, to the great joy of the Latter-Day Saints in Slovakia.

Kniha Mormonova

“The morning breaks; the shadows flee; Lo, Zion’s standard is unfurled!
The dawning of a brighter day, Majestic rises on the world.”  Hymns #1

Just over twice the size of Wales, or likewise New Jersey, and with a population of about 5.4 million people (comparable to Scotland, or Minnesota), Slovakia has 4 congregations with total membership recently reported at 221.

The missionaries currently serving there speak glowingly of the members of the Church as a devoted and stalwart people, who are tireless in their efforts to live and share their faith. With the recent publication of the Book of Mormon in Slovak, and the assignment of Slovak-speaking sister missionaries to the area for the first time, there is an outpouring of the Spirit, and a fresh wave of hope and optimism moving the work forward. A new day is dawning for the people of this great land; the word of God is thundering in their ears, and an electrifying spiritual awakening is taking place!

“That Slovakia of ours has been fast asleep so far, but the thunder’s lightning is rousing it to come to.”

 “To Slovensko naše posiaľ tvrdo spalo, ale blesky hromu vzbudzujú ho k tomu, aby sa prebralo.”

From the National Anthem of the Slovak Republic, “Nad Tatrou sa blýska” or “Lightning over the Tatras”

For more links and resources regarding the Slovak Republic, you could check out “Czech/Slovak Mission Links”,  above.