October: Sad News and New Opportunities
Greetings! We hope that each of you are enjoying a beautiful fall, just as we are here in KoÅ¡ice. We pray that you're choosing to find God's grace and peace, no matter where this newsletter finds you.
September is a busy time in Slovakia, an exciting time filled with new things as a new school year begins. In the midst of this, we were sad to learn that the Roma Gymnazium (high school) here in KoÅ¡ice was forced to close for the 2013-14 school year. Weâ€™ve reported in our newsletters and blog updates over the last several months that the school was in danger of losing funds from various sources â€“ a danger that became a reality this summer. Further complicating this problem, many Roma students left Slovakia over the summer with their families, hoping to find work.
As with any school in any country, itâ€™s nearly impossible to operate without money or students. The obstacles were too great to overcome â€“ the high school was not opened this year. The remaining students are doing something different this year, while the school works toward reopening next fall. This is very sad news, of course. It means that many of these students will not have the same opportunities at this unique school.
But in the midst of this, we have been excited to learn more about a similar school in the nearby city of KeÅ¾marok. This gymnazium is situated in a region with many Roma families, and there is great potential there. Some of the teachers and workers from KoÅ¡ice are traveling to KeÅ¾marok several times a week to work at this school, and we have been invited to join them (see photo above). Because KeÅ¾marok is nearly two hours away, we must leave early in the morning, and only one of us is able to go each week. But it has become a valuable and satisfying ministry activity in the midst of our busy weeks!
We're also excited about another new opportunity this fall - beginning October 18, we will begin two six-week conversational English classes in the Develeskero Kher church building. The church members will invite their friends and use the course as an outreach opportunity for their congregation (see flyer at left).
Join us in praising God for new opportunities!
One last reminder here: We recently posted a request for someone to come and provide MK activities for our Romany Team meeting in March in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. If you want to know more, please see the September 25 post on our website!