I’ve just sent out our latest newsletter in which I resolve to communicate better with our support team in 2019 and januflect on the 2018 and 2019 ministry years. This year we moved in to a new home and I published my first book.
We’ve created a picture book that we’ll be bringing with us on home assignment. We hope this will be one way to share our ministry with you. It contains some basic information about Slovakia and our family as well as some snippets about theological education, Narnia Elementary School, our local church and more. If you won’t see us on home assignment, you can at least click through to see an online version (sorry, flash only, there’s no mobile version).
I’m afraid I’ve had a very busy spring and wasn’t able to communicate well. I had a great semester rewriting lectures for my Old Testament class and teaching Exegesis of Proverbs and Advanced Hebrew Reading Skills. This year I had a dream class of three great Hebrew students. That’s a rarity at our small school. And now, finally, I’ve released our first newsletter for 2018, my 26th year of ministry in Slovakia.
It’s time once again for our biennial home assignment trip to the United States to report on our ministry in Slovakia. We’ll be arriving in Chicago on June 25 and departing on August 22. This year we have a different goal than usual and there are lots of ways we need help to make this an effective time in the States.
It seemed to me like a cliffhanger. Our ministry account with ReachGlobal had dropped below the minimum required for a family. That triggered budgeting measures like no more reimbursement of ministry expenses. Most importantly, I wasn’t going to be able to renew my teaching contract with the seminary since it’s funded through our ministry account. I was even beginning to get a little nervous that we’d have to leave the field before our next scheduled home assignment.
We have a special financial need coming up in early 2018 in order to continue funding the “grant” that covers my teaching position at the seminary. When First Evangelical Free Church in Rockford, IL found out about this need, they offered to match any special giving toward the grant. If you can make a special donation toward our ministry between now and the end of January, that donation will be doubled by First Free. For more information (how to give, FAQs) please click through.
You might think it strange but we are headed back to the States this summer (end of June to early-mid August) for home assignment. Why so soon? Three reasons. [Read more…]