Just over 60% of Slovaks are Catholic and about 6% are Lutheran. In reality, the country—especially young people and city dwellers—are quite secular. Slovaks work hard, value family, love nature and desire material goods, all of which tends to distract from spiritual things. It’s a spiritual landscape much like that of North America. Pray for Slovaks as you would for your own neighbors.
Slovakia has two Independence Days, sort of. On this date in 1990, in the immediate aftermath of communism, Slovakia was declared a sovereign republic. Thus, many consider July 17 Slovak Independence Day. On Jan. 1, 1993, Slovakia and the Czech Republic peacefully separated into two countries, often called the “velvet divorce.” Happy 28th (or 25th) birthday, Slovakia!
Pray for outreach English camp in Slovakia this week. Entrust staff member Dustin Combs says, “We have less Americans coming than usual. Pray for us to be relational, prayerful, reliant on God. Pray for the students to be open, attentive, receptive to the gospel, to feel loved by God and us, to see God as their treasure and how he treasures them.”
What’s Entrust all about? Where did we come from and why do we have this name? And what’s communism got to do with it? Find out. Watch this!
So it’s Friday the 13th. Who (except Stevie Wonder) cares? In Russia, it’s considered bad luck to wish someone a happy birthday too early. In Japan, people worry about sleeping with their heads toward the north. Some Filipinos believe the color red attracts lightning. Drop superstitions. Rather, trust God!
The old adage—there’s too much month left at the end of the paycheck—seems more true in some countries than others. But here’s a universal adage: you cannot out-give God. As you give generously out of your income (however meager), God meets your needs. Trust him. It’s true!
From Papua New Guinea to Switzerland.
Discover why one woman traveled 8,644 miles to take an intensive training course, sight-unseen, knowing no one.