Serving in Slovakia

On May 27, I will depart Saint Louis for Vazec, Slovakia for a week long mission immersion experience coordinated by CBF of the Heartland. Harold Phillips, who serves on the staff of CBF Heartland, has coordinated this trip as part of CBF Heartland’s Roma partnership in Romania and Slovakia. Members of our team come from Columbia, MO; Kansas City, MO; Nashville, TN; and Romania.

While in Slovakia, we will work with CBF Field Personnel, Diane and Shane McNary, who serve among the Roma people in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. As you may be aware, the Roma are a vulnerable group, living throughout Europe. Because of their vulnerability and their status as a minority group, the Roma people in Europe face discrimination in all areas of life, including employment, education and healthcare.

Our ministry focus will be the children in the village. In the mornings, we will partner with the English teachers in the local public school, to provide opportunities for their students to have conversation partners who are native English speakers. We will go into the classrooms with mini-lessons and activities designed to complement the work of the English teachers.

In the afternoon, we will travel to the community center to offer a Bible story, recreation, crafts and snack for the children who live in the village. I will be teaching the children a Bible story and providing some learning activities. Other members of our team will provide leadership for the recreation and crafts.

In the evenings, we will minister to several small groups in the community, including senior adult women and mothers with young children.

As we prepare for this trip, I invite you to pray along with the team for our week of service:

  • Pray for safe travels for all members of our team.
  • Pray for the McNarys as they work diligently to prepare for our arrival in Slovakia.
  • Pray for the members of the team who are preparing materials to be shared during our trip.
  • Pray for the children to whom we will minister. Pray that they will experience the presence of Christ and the love of God through our time with them.

Rev. Maria Stinnett



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