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Summer 2020 Newsletter

August 02, 2020

Greetings from  Ptuj, Slovenia!  WOW – what a year 2020 has been! So many things have happened in these last 8 months the world over. There have been natural disasters, COVID-19, political unrest… and yet through it all God has been faithful. God has carried our family through some uncertainty, just as he has undoubtedly carried yours. We stand sure on His promises today, because He is so good. Slovenia, like much of the world was on heavy lockdown. We went back and forth between keeping our Ptuj English Camp on the books or canceling, depending on what the governmental guidelines were. In June, mask requirements were eased and groups of 50 were permitted to meet. Hooray!! Camp is on! All of the kids, plus the adult volunteers equaled 50, so we were right at the limit. Even in this, God already was taking care of us.

Camp During the Time of COVID-19

Camp during the time of COVID-19 looks a little different than usual; each morning we took everyone’s temperature and recorded it, when inside a building (only during lunch time) all the volunteers wore masks and gloves, everywhere you turned there was hand sanitizer available, kids’ art supplies were stored in individual zip-top bags at the end of the day, etc.

All About Camp!

If you’ve been following our ministry journey, you will remember that we had an English Camp in Ptuj last summer as well, which launched our weekly English Club. This year’s camp was a continuation of that. We had 36 kids attending – every single one of them is from our local community, and from outside of the church. We were even able to invite our landlord’s daughter, and she had a great time. We were very open about the fact that we are a church,  and that we are doing this camp because we love our  community. Each day there were workshops, games, prizes and snacks. On the last day, during the Amazing Race, we were able to engage, and interact with local businesses (such as an ice cream vendor) as well, building further relationships with those around us.

An Unexpected Blessing

  The local news station actually heard about our camp, and came out to interview some of the kids, as well as the Pastor, Luka. Luka was able to introduce our church, highlight some of the ministries we have and encourage people to come and check it out! We were so thrilled by that added, unexpected blessing!

 

Family Update

  Some of our other ministry opportunities, such as the national and international Royal Ranger camps have been cancelled, but we are not losing hope. We are continuing getting to know our neighbors, and getting settled in our new community here in Ptuj, Slovenia. 

We humbly ask you to continue to pray for us, especially our children in the months ahead. Our son, Aidan will be starting 1st grade in the fall, and our daughter, Jocelyn will be attending vrtec/preschool for the first time as well. This is all very new territory for us, and we would covet your prayers, thank you. We are so thankful for your partnership!  The only reason we are able to live and minister in Slovenia is because of your prayers and generosity.  We pray that God mightily blesses you and your family!

Itineration Update

On august 29th we are celebrating our 3rd anniversary of living and ministering in slovenia!  Thank you so much for your partnership in making it all possible! 
- Due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we have decided to extend our first term by one year.
- What does this mean? We would love to see you Face-to-Face starting in the summer of 2021! Already have a date in mind? Fantastic! Please let us know if you would like to book us for a service or get together. We will be there! Email us at: Hope4Slovenia@gmail.com to book us for a service or meeting from June 2021 to March 2022. We look forward to ministering with you in the coming year.

How can you help?

  • Please pray with us for this next year of ministry,
  • Our current budget is set up for a 3-year term. Please prayerfully consider increasing your monthly commitment by 10% to help us finish our extended term well or by making a one-time donation.

Thank you

Thank you for your continued love, prayer and support. We are honored to have you as our ministry partners! We pray God's blessing over you!

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