When last I wrote I announced that we were planning our home assignment for this summer and that “we’re hoping this year will be no exception” to our regular biennial schedule. But even then (March 15), the coronavirus had already been declared a pandemic and now we know this year is, indeed, an exception.[Read more…]
It’s our custom to visit the States for home assignment in even numbered years and we’re hoping this year will be no exception. We’ve already purchased tickets to leave Vienna and arrive in Chicago on June 24 and we’re looking forward to sharing in person about life and ministry in Slovakia.[Read more…]
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.