Monthly Archives: June 2019

Sometimes I get caught up in the “launch talk” and excitement about how many days or hours left before we begin Serving Slovakia 2019, but really it all began many months ago.  (In case you were wondering- only 23 hours, 35 minutes, and 53 seconds, but who’s counting :-).  The truth is many have been praying for this trip since […]


June 22, 19 In life everyone goes through something new, whether it be a job, school, new relationships. we tend to have that mixture of excitement, fear, and the overall prospect of good things to come. I got that first hand as I stood at PDX looking around with a cloudy outlook on my time before we left, riddled with anxiety and […]

Start of something new

In the classic 1950’s movie, “All About Eve”, Bette Davis’ character utters what quickly becomes an iconic movie quote “ Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.” Almost 70 years later, that line came to mind multiple times as we made our way to Martin for our 13th Serving Slovakia adventure.   Without going into all the details, […]

Fasten Your Seatbelts

Last year was my first year to join Serving Slovakia. By this time (Day 3) I was overwhelmed and feeling unsure as to why I had left the comfort of my routine life in Vancouver Washington to travel so far from home. The first day of teaching classes was met with computers that did not work, lesson plans that were […]

Getting Started for the reason we are here

It’s so beautiful here in Martin, Slovakia! Since my body decided it was time to wake up, I went out for a sunrise jog. I’m captivated with the majesty of God’s creation here. And, the people of Slovakia are even more enchanting! I’m excited to see what new friends I’ll meet today that make their home in this hospitable city.

4:30 AM

Made popular by the radio transmission from Apollo 13, only modified a bit for this post- “Martin, we have a problem”. This is often how it feels when something doesn’t go as planned, when the unexpected throws a wrench into what I had in mind. We were supposed to have a large area to teach Slovak students disc golf. Day1 […]

Martin, we have a problem

While the heat and humidity rose to extreme highs today that even had the locals dashing for a shady spot to stand, Gregg and I accepted the offer for a tour in one of Slovakia’s 7,000 caves following today’s classes. We thought it sounded like a refreshing way to lower our body temperatures and spend time getting to know two […]

The Cave and the Children

Blog #2 June, 26, 19 Simon Zingerman a fresh out of school author wrote this “It’s ever so important to believe in what you do, trust your ability to create and show yourself worthy. Never sell yourself short”. A lot of times in our society we dismiss our everyday good deeds as nothingness and try not to notice, but as […]

Slovakia June 26,🇸🇰

One of the questions I’ve often heard was answered for me today, “Why Slovakia?”. We do a daily devotional as a team. Right there, in the middle of today’s passage, were a couple of sentences: ‘The kingdom of God on Earth is wherever the Son of God is loved and worshipped and God the Father is glorified…” “…God rules first […]

Where His Kingdom is

Two things I have never done before in my life – participate in a service mission trip in a foreign country, and post anything on a blog. Today I am doing both simultaneously… I read a definition this morning – “Availability is being willing to adjust our own schedule, agenda, and plans to fit the right desires of God and others.” […]

Are You Available?