Here's what's going on this month, and ways you can rejoice and pray with us!
Spring in Full Swing!
Our activities for the spring are going well. The English lessons with the kids at the Roma school are as fun as always - this week we started learning names for items in the classroom (desk, chair, door...) and the song, "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." These kids are full of energy and joy, and we love working with them! We're also continuing our Friday night English Conversation Classes, and have had some new members this spring.
As we mentioned last month, we've also enjoyed our Bible study/activity groups in the village of Rankovce, and God has opened a new door there also - teaching English with two groups of teens and adults (picture left). The students are eager and hard-working, and it's a joy to work with them. We are thankful for these opportunities to minister in Rankovce, and we're praying that these new relationships lead to new fruit.
Upcoming Mission Trip
Last month we mentioned the opportunity to come join us in Slovakia this spring for a few days filled with learning and ministry. Several of you have responded, and so far we have four confirmed and several more interested. It's not too late to join in this opportunity! You'd be here from May 30 to June 5 (with a possible June 6 trip to Auschwitz), and the total cost will be around $2,000. If you're interested and you haven't spoken with us already, please write as soon as possible - we'd love to talk more with you about this unique chance to see what God's doing here!
We were recently featured in a podcast interview with one of our dear friends, Jay McNeal, founder and director of Clergy for Hire. CFH seeks to "build the world that should be," by forming a network of connection and support among clergy in the U.S. and around the world. Clergy for Hire is growing daily, and we're excited to see the ways God is using Jay and CFH to meet build God's Kingdom in fresh new ways!
You can listen to the podcast at the link below on the CFH website. While you're there, take a few minutes to look around and see what CFH is all about! (http://www.clergyforhire.us/2015/03/tanyajonparks/).
Also last month we mentioned that we'll be in the U.S. this summer - thanks to so many of you for your help in finding a car and a place for us to spend a few relaxing days! Our schedule is filling up (especially Sundays), but we're still looking for new opportunities - especially for evening gatherings with groups of people who are interested in the work here in Slovakia. We'd also love to see as many of you as possible! Here's our schedule as it stands so far:
- July 20-31 â€“ Kentucky
- August 1-16 â€“ Alabama, Georgia
- August 23 â€“ Sept. 19 - Virginia (part of this time will be a vacation/break)
- September 19-30 - Kentucky
Please keep praying with us for new partners, and for wisdom in making travel arrangements.
Time to be Thankful
We have so many more reasons to thank God right now! Here are some more ways you can rejoice with us:
- For successful submission of our papers for another two-year residence permit!
- For new relationships and opportunities to minister here.
- For two teams who will join us here in Slovakia this spring.
- For lots of help from partners and churches as we make arrangements for our time in the U.S., including cars, places to stay, and funding.
- For partners like you, who pray and encourage us - God is using your support to do great things here in Slovakia. Thank you!