I am excited about the opportunity to teach English for two weeks in Slovakia with the New Heights team.  As I prepare to go, I would appreciate your prayers for clarity and inspiration in the planning of lessons, and for an open heart for what  lessons the Lord has already prepared for me.  Blessings to all of you who are […]

Getting Ready

Friends and Family! We have made it safely to our destination of Martin, Slovakia! Although tired and stiff from sitting for so many hours, we are all immeasurably excited to be here! After our two flights, and 4 hour bus ride into Martin, we had a little while to settle down in our rooms, before we headed to dinner with the […]

Arriving in Slovakia

Hello again! I wanted to say first, before I get into the events of today, that I am going to try to post as often as I can. I believe it is a great way to share with all of you back home what the Lord is doing over here and how His glory and love are so undeniably present. […]

And we’re off again…

    With camp activities underway, we are enjoying getting to know and serve the students.  Working with students is definitely one of my favorite things and one of the passions God has given me.  At camp, one of my jobs is to work with the students on listening and speaking skills in conversational English. Today is day one of […]

EGMT Camp – English Lessons

As we stood in the Portland airport preparing to leave I received a text from a friend I had not seen in over 12 years. He was wondering why he even tried anymore. This is a man who has dedicated himself to public service- several years in the military, a full carreer in law enforcement (nearly 30 years), and currently […]

Getting here….

Pictured below are John and Linda McDonald, who recently began their 50th year of marriage.  John loves to travel and has a true servant’s heart. This is his 7th trip to Slovakia to assist with the EFL classes. I’ve had the honor of working with him several of those years, and he takes the job very seriously in a lighthearted […]

Serving Together

I was struck by how beautiful a local cemetary in Martin is. Strange, describing a place where the dead are buried as beautiful, but it is. Unlike many cemetaries I have visited this one was literally covered up in flowers, candles, and other signs of affection for those who have passed on by those still here. And not only the […]

Beautiful moments

I expected and prepared to come to minister and serve in Slovakia. I did not expect to be ministered to or served, but it has already happened in many small ways. A team member asking us to join them Saturday night, a wonderful worship service Sunday morning, another team member who bought us dinner. And, a team member featured in […]

The small things….

“Having a vested interest in other souls unconditionally creates a ripple effect that produces miracles in the lives of those around us”   -The Book of Simple Human Truths

The Ripple Effect

Today after English classes we hopped a bus to go visit the Global Outreach team a little over an hour away. They have been serving Slovak youth at a summer camp in what appears to be an older rustic ski resort. After a delicious dinner of sausages roasted over an open fire and Koffola (sorta like cola) there was a […]

Refreshing J.O.Y.

The intermediate 1 English class is made up of ten students, ages 10-14, and 6 leaders this week. We always engage the students in fun activities to teach English. Today, our focus was on daily routines and adverbs such as rarely, sometimes, and often. Students participated in “Sharks and Minnows” tag, a bubble gum blowing contest, and building the tallest […]

A Day in Our classroom

Hello again from EGMT Camp!  We are doing well here.  We’re enjoying working with the students and helping them learn what it means to be in community.  We want them to be in community with each other, with their teachers, and with God.  For many students, this is helping build the foundation of a relationship with God.Yesterday, we got the […]

Hillside Hiking

“We find our way by getting lost. Anything other than that is called reading a map.” (- Seth Godin) Adventure and faith are a lot alike. Thrilling, the unknown, something to chase after and experience fully. I used to want all the answers and I wanted assurances- I wanted a map. I wanted to know there would be no detours […]

Adventures don’t come with maps

Each morning we start with a hearty breakfast, nourishing our bodies with food, and our souls in devotion and worship. The question has often been asked, What is God teaching me today? For me, today was about realizing I’d trade everything I know about Jesus for 5 minutes with Jesus. The difference between knowing and experiencing is everything. This goes […]

What is God teaching me today?

I have never heard so much laughter from my students as “fake” mustaches were produced and then worn by all! Some students even created their own look but cutting down the pre-made mustache handed to them. Our focus was on describing, but much joy and laughter filled the room as selfies and friends came together for a silly moment! Who […]

Mustache in Ministry

Without any warning, we’ve already made it to the last day of classes, and I’m feeling like I’m just getting started. I keep hearing murmurings of “I’m not ready to go home yet.” If you’ve heard that from someone you know on the team, I’ll let you in on a not-so-secret secret: it’s because of these people. Have there been […]

Where the Joy Comes From

I got a lot of well deserved grief for all of my photo taking. (I like to think I caught everyone at their best. 🙂 I chronicalled my journey and captured nearly every activity I did, but all of the food, activities, excursions, and events pale in comparison to what God did with Serving in Slovakia this year. He used […]

Look what we did

“What a friend we have in Jesus….” As I sat on the big tour bus loaded with team members and CCE staff members and pastors, I listened to these words sung in a mixture of English and Slovak. “All our sins and griefs to bear….” It was a rainy, gray day and we had just finished a Sunday adventure of […]

What I’ll Remember from the Trip

(This post was written shortly after our return from Slovakia in July. I’ve hesitated posting it as it felt – still feels –  quite personal to me. However, today I received a note from Bohdan Hroboń, President of the Center for Christian Education. He was writing me about something else, but shared about a huge financial challenge they’re facing. And, once again, they’re […]

A Change in Perspective