This morning we’re honored to have Aaron Gibbs [ @gidoublebs
] from @somaspokane
sharing the story of how he and family hope to support and strengthen churches in Slovakia 🇸🇰
The dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the close of World War I allowed the Slovaks to join the closely related Czechs to form Czechoslovakia. Following the chaos of World War II, Czechoslovakia became a Communist nation within Soviet-ruled Eastern Europe. During this time, the church was considered dead and Jesus was, to many, a fictional character. For this reason, Christians held “underground” ministries, but many got in trouble or sent to prison for holding youth meetings in their homes. Soviet influence collapsed in 1989 and Czechoslovakia once more became free. The Slovaks and Czechs agreed to separate peacefully on January 1, 1993. Immediately after the wall came down, there was an influx of new believers. However, the western culture brought consumerism, creating disillusionment among the people and a lack of interest in the local church.
With a population of around 5,400,000, Slovakia’s modern evangelical church is a very small minority. Together, the membership is only about 10,000 people. This means that less then 0.2% of the Slovak population are apart of these churches. Historical Evangelicals (Lutherans) make up 5.9% of church community and represent the largest Protestant denomination. The Roman Catholic Church is the most predominate in the country, with over 62% of the population claiming membership.
Training Center Kompas, a Josiah Venture national organization, exists to train, equip, and inspire the next generation of leaders in Slovakia to forge a new path of grace for the youth following behind them. We believe that as we invest in the leaders, we are serving not only the youth, but also the churches, and even the whole country of Slovakia. It is our hope that more and more people in Slovakia will be forever changed by God’s grace.
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