Church / Chapel
Sunday, June 15, 2003, John and Pat Remias will be visiting
congregation church in Krajne, Slovakia. As some of you
may have heard,
the church there is planning to build a worship chapel
in one of the outlying areas of the congregation's service
area. The Krajne church's Pastor Ivan Novomestsky spends
his Saturdays conducting worship services at several
locations for members of the congregation that cannot
get to Sunday
services in the village because of a lack of transportation
and other difficulties in getting there. Contributions
to help with the building of this chapel would be much
appreciated and will help these good people continue
the ongoing rebuilding of that congregation. Checks should
be made out to Gloria Dei! with "Slovakia church
in the memo line.
from Pastor Novomestsky – Slovakia (Krajne)
church – May 2003
Dear Brother Pastor Tom Williamsen, your family, and congregation
of Gloria Dei!
Thank you very much for your recent letter that made us
very happy. Thank you for praying for us and for the whole
of our congregation. I pray for you too, so that our Father
blesses the life and work of your congregation. It is really
nice to hear how you try to help people in Central America
through your mission work there.
We are still
thankful for your financial help and for your visits,
especially when the young people could meet
and spend blessed time with us in the summer of 2001. Since
then some sad events have happened in the world that have
had a strong influence on people’s thinking in the
whole world. That is why we need to pray and trust in God
in everything even more.
In our congregation, the youth works well. Their numbers
at the meetings are increasing, they participate in church
services, in visiting sick people in the hospital, etc.
The youngest children have meetings in Krajne and in two
other communities called Zadovica and Korytnianske Kopanice.
We have gotten
a new car to use for church purposes. We have regular
meetings during biblical hours, where we pray
for young families that are missing our meetings and where
there are little children that need to live with Jesus
Christ. In those children is this region’s hope for
the future, because older people are marked with the socialism
era too much.
I am very thankful
for the praying co-workers that sacrifice a lot of time
for our congregation’s activities,
for working with the smaller children, with the youth,
and for the publication of our newsletter “Nadej” (which
means ‘hope’). With God’s help our community
lives and along with our pain we have moments of joy.
Again, we send regards to all your family, your congregation,
and we look forward very much to the visit of Brother Remias
and his family in June.
With wishes of hope and joy in Jesus Christ,
Ivan Novomestsky and family
Mr. Vlado Maly
President and Church
Slovakia (Krajne) church May 2003
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus our Lord!
In this time
of Lent in which we are living, we more than usually
thank about the amount of God’s blessings
that we have gotten and which also reminds us of the brother’s
love you have given us.
Because of the
violence and anger that reign in the world, we have to
call for God our Lord even more because only
He can change all of it. The time of Lent and seducing
of Jesus in the desert is a great warning for us so that
we avoid evil and follow God. That’s why we want
to spend more time taking care of young families. It’s
very hard to teach children about God when their parents
don’t help them. We pray for these families so that
they also understand the work of salvation that is offered
in Jesus Christ. I’m bothered very much that we communicate
so little among ourselves. I hoped that the youth speaking
English would be more active in this matter. But, we can’t
force them because they have a lot of obligations (homework)
at school. We still don’t have enough active people
that can help with the smaller children, with the youth,
or with their parents. Be we do give thanks to God for
those who are working hard and often get overloaded.
Indeed, we don’t want to only complain. We have
had also many very nice events in our congregation, which
was evident in the greater number of children and young
people in attendance. Even if I don’t know about
the problems you are dealing with now, I pray for you so
that you stay on the road to God’s kingdom with persistence
and we can all meet there sometime.
an abundance of God’s blessings,
Maly and family