Tyler Chavers


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 […]

Pre-prayered


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


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



For the first week we stayed at a locally owned hotel.  We had breakfast served by the staff each morning before departing for the school.  The owner/operator of the hotel came out to see our group off as we moved closer to the school for the second week.  He was smiling and shaking hands with many team members.  His English […]

The outsider’s inn


Matt Hannan often says, “The first art of loving is listening.”  Over the years I have learned that listening is active rather than passive.  Active listening demonstrates to the person sharing that I am truly engaged, fully present, and genuinely care about the person sharing – even if I am not personally interested in the topic.  Listening like this has […]

The 1st Art of Loving


When you enter the high school through the main door at street level you walk into a hallway.  From this entrance there is only one way up to the classrooms, a set of stairs.  On your right there is a wall with a depiction of a tree with leaves naming those who support the school.  At the base of the […]

All are welcome



Bohdan took us on a tour of the buildings where the Bible School, preschool, gymnasium, dorms, and high school are congregated in the center of Martin.  From what I gather it all started with remodeling the building which became the Bible School.  In one wall there are large windows spanning two stories in the shape of a cross.  They have […]

Our Shared Hope


One of the fascinating aspects of teaching conversational English in Martin, Slovakia is how quickly relationships are developed. Talking with one another seems to have that effect. During my first trip 4 years ago I met two wonderful students, brother and sister. Each have grown a lot over the past 4 years, accomplishing amazing things! They have not been back […]

Lasting relationships


On the first day of EFL just before the testing began she walked right up with her shy friend in tow and introduced herself and her friend to myself and a couple of other team members, “Hello! Are you Americans? I love America and Americans, they are sooooooooo nice! I want to make friends with ALL of them this week, […]

Embraced



The Slovaks have told us during the decades of communist oppression people stopped smiling, looking each other in the eye, or greeting one another as much when passing on the street.  This became a habit and for many years if you smiled “too much” people would think you were “touched in the head”.  It is fascinating what a genuine smile […]

What will His face look like?